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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 7

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Certiport launches a new foundational skills certification for IT newcomers, EC-Council unveils a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) hall of fame, and more.

Certiport to Offer New Certification for IT Newcomers


Certiport is launching a new credential to cover IT basics.The IT industry doesn't necessarily have a high bar to entry, certainly not in 2021, and especially not for up-and-coming students and learners who have essentially had computer devices at their fingertips since childhood. That being said, there's still room in the certification realm for credentials like CompTIA's IT Fundamentals (ITF+) or TestOut's IT Fundamentals Pro (ITF Pro) that provide a solid grounding in the basic principles of IT. Certiport, a subsidiary of Pearson VUE, is adding to that list this week with its announcement of the new Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist) certification. Certiport executive Ray Murray said in a statement announcing the IT Specialist launh that the company envisions its new credential as helping learners transition from high school to the next level of their professional or educational development. "IT Specialist certification will be a major stepping-stone as students transition to higher education, internship opportunities, or full time employment at-large" Murray said. Among the topics covered by Certiport's new IT Specialist exam are databases, software development, networking, network security, JavaScript, Java, Python, HTML and CSS, HTML5 application development, and device configuration and management. The IT Specialist exam, along with associated courseware and practice tests, will be available from Certiport starting in July.


ISACA Blogger Advises 'Baseline' Cybersecurity Skills for All


Along the same lines as Certiport's new offering, cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA is preparing to launch a new credential this year that helps verify "baseline" cybersecurity skills among all IT professionals. The new Information Technology Certified Associate (ITCA) certification program will help build a skillset for any IT professional that can serve either as a foundation for further growth in cybersecurity or as a buttress to reinforce any career path. A new post to the ISACA Now Blog discusses the importance of acquiring baseline cybersecurity skills regardless of the overall direction of an individual's IT career path. As blogger Neil Lappage explains, the ITCA can be a career asset for both aspiring IT professionals and individuals with a high level of professionals experience: "While the certification is a great fit for young professionals and career-changers since there is not an experience requirement, it can also help experienced professionals to base-line and upgrade their IT skillsets with current trends and potentially transition into new roles in the future."


CompTIA Offers New Business Networking Site for IT Professionals


Tech industry association CompTIA generally juggles a lot of IT industry balls. CompTIA has long been respected for its broad-based IT certification portfolio. CompTIA government lobbyists are consistent advocates for sound technology policy, and CompTIA provides industry-leading tracking and analysis of IT employment epicenters and employment trends. Earlier this month, CompTIA launched an advocacy panel for Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the United States. CompTIA has always has a strong focus on shepherding the growth of IT businesses and the IT industry, however, and that emphasis resurfaced this week with the launch of a new website to facilitate and encourage business networking among members of the IT community. As noted by blogger Emily Matzelle, "In a world where human interactions are increasingly virtual and sometimes brief, making a meaningful connection has become a challenge. Of course, it’s CompTIA’s job to help our members and our industry build connections with one another."


EC-Council Launches Has New Way to Honor Certified Ethical Hackers


EC-Council is launching a new hall of fame for ethical hackers.Professional sports leagues have halls of fame. Video games have halls of fame. Now cybersecurity certification association EC-Council has a hall of fame. More specifically, EC-Council announced at the end of last week that it is launching an Ethical Hacking Hall of Fame. EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential has a worldwide reputation and in widely considered the gold standard for certification in the penetration testing and ethical hacking realm. Now EC-Council can celebrate the greatness of credential holders. Anyone who holds CEH certification is eligible to apply for enshrinement in the hall of fame. A "selection committee" will take it from there. If you are CEH certified and you have a strong record of career accomplishments in cybersecurity, then you may want to consider submitting an application.


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