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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 48)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Microsoft has a list of reasons to get certified, an IT internship is just the thing over at Certification Magazine, and more.

Microsoft's Top 10 Reasons to Get a Certification


What are the 10 most impactful reasons to get certified?Well, OK, maybe we aren't talking about the definitive 10 most important reasons that the Colossus of Redmond is going to throw its mighty weight behind certification. Over at the Microsoft Learn blog, however, there is a list of reasons to get certified, and the number of items on the list is 10. So you can see where we picked up the vibe. At the top of the list is moolah, which tends to come up at or near the top of most such lists. There's either fairly strong anecdotal evidence that people who get certified make more money, or else a whole lot of certified IT professionals have been lying to survey takers for quite a while now. One interesting element of the rest of the list however, is how many of the reasons given relate to personal satisfaction: receive recognition (No. 2), feel empowered (No. 3), explore an exciting new path (No. 5), and get those shiny happy feelings (No. 9). Also, way down at the bottom of the list is No. 10 ... learn for free. Talk about burying the lead! Microsoft Learn provides, shall we say, a high degree of freedom to those looking to study and train for its credentials. And even if someone has to pay something, well, there's always the chance that your boss is feeling generous.


CompTIA Highlights Cybersecurity Skills to Burnish in 2021


It's that time of the year when we're all looking to the future. When CompTIA blogger Eileen Ristau Tauchman looks to the future, she sees cybersecurity professionals getting better at doing all of the things that protect computer networks, the internet, organizations, and individuals from the digital anarchy gleefully envisioned by hackers and other cyber-mischief makers. Tauchman blogged this week about the most important cybersecurity skills to brush up in 2021. Such lists are often compiled largely by pulling ideas out of the list-makers, um, head, but Tauchman directly references CompTIA employment and cybersecurity research to create her roll call of cybersecurity muscles to target in the coming year. In particular, employers are looking for security professionals whose knowledge and skills are strong in the following areas of cybersecurity specialization: data security, network security, data analysis, threat knowledge, identity management, application security, endpoint security, regulatory landscape, and cyrptography. If you're looking to advance your cybersecurity career in 2021, then boosting your knowledge in any of these subject areas should help.


ISACA Previews Security and Compliance Landscape for 2021


For a second opinion on all things cybersecurity and 2021, we go live to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA, where guest blogger Richard Bailey, lead IT consultant at is peering across the IT security and compliance landscape and attempting to forumlate an overview of what to expect in 2021. Bailey notes that digital malefactors leaped at the opportunity to poke the newly shifted work-from-home (WFH) horde in the eye earlier this year, and that there is much work still to be done to secure WFH enviornments as a truly viable option for the future. Also driven home in 2020 is the need to both migrate large chunks of business operations to the cloud, as well as protect the newly cloudy horizons of both commerce and the workplace. There's a lot to learn from the COVID disruptions of 2020, in other words, and many of those lessons are likely to be front and center for cybersecurity professionals in 2021.


Build a Runway to IT Employment by Becoming an Intern


An internship can help your career take off.The best way to become a working IT professional is probably to build a repertoire of IT skills and knowledge, perhaps enhanced by a higher education degree or some IT credentials, and then start applying for jobs. If that doesn't work, however, then an excellent means of boosting your chances is to become an intern and get actual work experience in a professional IT environment. The October issue of Certification Magazine included a detailed overview of this topic, and that article made its way to, the official website of Certification Magazine, earlier this week. There's a lot of good advice and clarification here for students or career-switchers who are contemplating putting their best foot forward ... and getting that foot in the door.


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