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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 2

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, (ISC)² wades into the remote proctored testing waters, there are lots of reason to work in IT (and ISACA knows eight of them), and more.

(ISC)² Joins Migration to Remote Proctored Certification Exams


(ISC)² has joined the online certification testing revolution.It's anyone's guess as to when (and whether) the currently raging (again) COVID-19 pandemic will permit a return to business as usual, and many organizations and industries have made or are making adaptations in the interim. That includes in the IT certification sphere, where many certification programs had hovered for years around the edges of transitioning from traditional testing environments to online exams. The dam burst last year, when pandemic restrictions disrupted the traditional model and a flood of certification providers shifted to offering some form of remote proctored exams, finally embracing the convenience and cost savings of online testing. Cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² joins the merry throng this week, after announcing on Monday an exploratory shift to online certification testing for a limited time next month. All (ISC)² certifications will be included in what is being called a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of online testing. Online exams for all (ISC)² credentials except the signature Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification will be offtered Feb. 15-22, while CISSP will have its own exclusive window of online testing availability Feb. 22-28. Additional information about the pilot program is available online.


CompTIA: IT Employment a Strong Option Even While Pandemic Persists


In other COVID-19-related IT news, tech industry association CompTIA reports that the IT realm is a strong option for displaced workers from other industries who are ready to embrace a wholesale career change. Large-scale unemployment lingers around the world, especially in the United States, from the explosion of pandemic-related layoffs that ravaged the global workplace over the first five months of 2020. In a post to the official CompTIA blog this week, blogger Jessalyne Madden cites CompTIA's own employment research to demonstrate that the IT industry has remained largely stable and could be poised for growth in 2021. This is due in no small degree to the fact that many other industries have become heavily reliant on IT solutions and services as they deal with their own pandemic disruptions. Most work-from-home setups, for example require a reliable internet connection and a variety of cloud-dependent software applications. Certification is a key tool available to those looking to switch to IT from other industries, so if you're among the many in search of work, IT employment could be the game changer you've been looking for.


Microsoft Wants to Tell Your Certification Story


The good folks at Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of software titan Microsoft, want to make you one of the stars of the upcoming Microsoft Ingite event, to be held March 2-4 wherever you can get an internet connection. In particular, the Microsoft Learn team is looking to feature inspiring stories of people who gained recognitions, enhanced income, built confidence, opened the door to new opportunities, or gained any other benefit from putting in the time and effort to earn a Microsoft certification. If you have a new (or even old) Microsoft certification and you meet any of the other criteria, then you have until Jan. 31 to record a video no longer than three minutes describing your journey and submit the finished product to Microsoft Learn.


ISACA Blogger Touts Benefits of IT Employment


IT just might be the career that you always wanted.Along the lines of the CompTIA item shared above, a contributor to ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance professional association ISACA is singing the praises this week of establishing a career in IT. As guest blogger Larry Alton puts it, "(T)here are many benefits to seeking a career in IT, and few people who join the field end up regretting it." Alton then drills down to give some specifics regarding eight different reasons that a career in IT is an excellent direction for your future to take. For example, Alton writes that a great many IT careers come with high earning potential: "Even entry-level jobs in IT are vital to an organization’s growth, and there’s a substantial shortage of IT talent. This shortage drives up wages and salaries." He also notes that IT jobs are highly adaptable, with many offering various configurations of remote work. That was true even before the onset of the COVID pandemic, but it's certainly become more true since then. If CompTIA hasn't already convinced you to seek IT employment, then give Larry Alton a shot.


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