Get the Right Training for Your Next (ISC)2 Certification
As you prepare to face down your next certification exam – any exam, from any provider – it's always worth reminding yourself that all certification training is not of equal value. Some certification programs, whether those managed by tech companies or those managed by professional associations and industry organizations, offer extensive training materials to help candidates prepare to earn their credentials. Other programs rely on the robust IT certification training market to carry the load. And many training providers focus on high-value certs even if the certification program does have its own offerings. A brief post to the official blog of cybersecurity profssional association (ISC)2 sounds a familiar warning to exam candidates preparing for the CISSP and CCSP exams: Look for training authorized by (ISC)2. Most certification providers go out of their way to outline which training providers have their stamp of approval and which do not, and that's a good place to start your search for the right study materials.
ISACA Blogger Offers Cybersecurity Terminology Tips
You can't walk the walk if you don't know how to talk the talk. Or maybe it's the other way around. Just don't start in about "walking the talk," because words have meaning and language is sacred and hearing that sort of puffed-up jibber jabber is when our blood begins to boil. At any rate, it's essential to become familiar with the specific terminology of whatever IT nook you end up in, and the pursuit of fluency is ongoing. Sometimes terms and definitions change as quickly as the technology they describe. A new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association offers some valuable advice about how to keep pace. For example, writes blogger Raef Meeuwisse, you don't necessarily need to lock in a buzzy new word or acronym the first time you hear it. Wait until it has come up a handful of times, so that you have a better gauge on whether or not it's likely to stick. Meeuwisse is the author of The Cybersecurity to English Dictionary (now in its 5th edition) so it could certainly be said that he knows whereof he speaks (and writes).
New Cloud Native Developer Boot Camp Available
What do you get when the Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation pool their resources and knowledge? In the particular instance that we're addressing today, you get a brand new Cloud Native Developer Boot Camp that offers participants the knowledge and skills needed to "design, build, and deploy cloud native applications." The course can be completed in just six months with around 10-to-15 hours devoted to training each week. You don't, however, have to blow through it quite that fast. Once you register to participate, you'll have "unlimited access" to course materials and personnel for an entire year. The cost is just $950, so if you're looking to beef up your cloud computing skill set, then this is a reasonably cost-effective option.
Microsoft Learn Powers Up Online Certification Exams with Assistive Technologies
On the Give the People What They Want front, Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of Microsoft, has made its certification exams more accessible to those with disabilities. After receiving some recent feedback regarding so-called assistive technologies, such as screen magnification software and speech-to-text software, Microsoft retrofitted its online certification exam software to allow exam candidates to use approved assistive technologies while taking a certification exam. The assistive technologies available are not just there for anyone to use at any time. Exam candidates must request an "accommodation" when registering to take their exam in order to have access. This is a helpful and laudable improvement to the certification exam status quo at Microsoft, and sets a worthwhile example for others to follow.
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