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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 9

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Microsoft Learn is launching a fistful of new security certifications, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) gets certified, and more.

Microsoft Learn Launches Exams for New Security Certifications


Microsoft has recently beefed up its security certification portfolio.Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of software colossus Microsoft, is getting four new certifications for security-centered job roles off the ground this week. The exams for all four new credential are entering the beta testing phase, and the first 300 individuals who register, on or before March 15, to take each exam will receive an 80 percent discount. The four new certifications are Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate (Exam SC-200), Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate (Exam SC-300), Microsoft Certified: Information Protection Administrator Associate (Exam SC-400), and Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals (SC-900). Feedback from participants in the beta exam phase will be used to clean up and improve the exams, so you can be among the first to earn the new certifications and help make the exam experience better for others at the same time.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux Gets Certified (Not That Kind of Certified)


The training and certification team at Linux and open source software giant Red Hat has a thriving certification program to validate the Red Hat skills of IT professionals. The certification news the company announced this week, however, concerns a different brand of certification than what we normally traffic in around this place: product certification. In this instance, one of Red Hat's flagship products, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), has achieved Common Criteria certification from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). Common Criteria, as described by Wikipedia, "provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation, and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous and standard and repeatable manner at a level that is commensurate with the target environment for use."


CompTIA to Plebes: 'Real' Cybersecurity Professionals Do These Things


Adverstisers frequently attest that "real" men and women drive a certain kind of vehicle, or drink a certain brand of beer, with the implication being that mere mortals can achieve desirable "real"-ness (realitude? reality?) by following suit. This week, a new post to the blog of tech industry association CompTIA attests that "real" cybersecurity professionals adhere to certain practices to "keep their cybersecurity skills sharp." As noted by blogger Ashley Watters, "Cybersecurity pros will tell you, it’s essential to keep current with the latest trends, learn about recent attacks and constantly upgrade your skills." Indeed it is. We leave it to you, dear reader, to peruse and evaluate Watters' recommendations as to how this ought to be accomplished.


IT Auditors Do Not Have the World's Most Boring Job


Auditors, accountants, and other professionals whose jobs largely involve keeping track of various details and minutiae often suffer from (or at least are obliged to confront) the perception that the work they do is, not to put too fine a point on it, boring. The "B word" is the topic of a new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA, which has a global reputation for, among other credentials, its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) cert. Guest blogger Catilin McGaw, CEO of an IT audit firm, has a different perspective, as you might expect. If you're considering becoming an IT auditor, then it would be worth your time to weigh her arguments.


I Can't Stand It When the Internet (Fill in the Blank)


If you could fix just ONE thing about the internet ...You scream, I scream, we all scream ... at the various frustrations we encounter when using the internet for work or pleasure. The internet is certainly a wonder of the modern world, perhaps even the defining wonder of the modern world. But for all its magnificent scope and enabling grandeur, the online realm brings with it myriad frustrations, some petty and others more sinister. We'd all like to have a better internet, and we almost certainly will in the future. But what if you had the power to make the internet better today, right now, with nothing more than the wave of a wand? That's the premise presented to certified IT professionals in the Not So Serious chaser at the end of the most recent Certification Magazine Salary Survey. What did they choose to fix? The answer might not be what you're expecting.


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