Hotel Marketing Managers Enters IT with Assist from Amazon Web Services re/Start
The re/Start program operated by AWS Training and Certification, the training and certification arm of Amazon Web Services, follows what has become an increasingly familiar mission in recent years. With demand for skilled IT professionals surging everywhere, and workers in other industries increasingly in danger of losing their jobs – often at the instigation of forces beyond their control – reskilling is the proverbial win-win solution that helps everyone. That leads us to a new post this week to the AWS Training and Certification Blog that recaps the experience of Antonio O'Donnell, a brand manager for large hotel chains whose position was eliminated toward the end of pandemic-ravaged 2020. O'Donnell bounced, shifting to cloud computing employment, with the help of re/Start, which AWS describes as being "a full-time, classroom-based skills training program that prepares professionals for cloud-based careers." Anyone who has been on the lookout for a point of entry to a red-hot hiring realm should take note of what re/Start has to offer.
IBM Certification Program Bullish About Badges
Digital badges may not have entirely replaced ink-and-paper credentials across the IT realm over the last decade, but badging is definitely where IT certification is headed in the future. Many certification providers and industry associations have already jumped whole-hog into badging with both feet, which is definitely where IBM is headed. A new post to the IBM Training and Skills Blog sees tremendous growth in badging (as well as the potential for future growth) and recommends to IT professionals that badges play a strong role in their professional development: "Credentials are one key factor in how you can prove to a future employer that you took on additional skills."
The badging love fest continues in another recent post the IBM Training and Skills Blog that touts the strong net promoter score (NPS) associated with digital badges. Net promoter score asks consumers or customers who have experience with a product whether they would recommend that product to a friend or colleague. On that front, digital badges are apparently a big winner for IBM. Since introducing badges in 2017, IBM has consistently received strong positive feedback. If you need another reason to believe in the value of IT certification, then this a surefire way is to evaluate the informed opinion of IT professionals who are getting certified. IBM's NPS research is just another instance of proof positive.
Beware Ransomware: (ISC)2 Sees Troubling Trend Unfolding
Cybercrime is on the rise: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States recently reported that nearly $7 billion was lost to hackers and other digital malefactors in 2021. Cybersecurity professional association (ISC)2 highlights the FBI's price tag in a recent post to the official (ISC)2 Blog that discusses how ransomware appears to be the fastest-growing threat on the information security horizon. (ISC)2 highlights that ransomware frequently targets public infrastructure, with "14 out of 16 critical infrastructure sectors considered vital to the United States were victimized with reports of 649 ransomware attacks" just last year. As always, one key takeaway from this research is that cybersecurity will remain a hot hiring sector for skilled IT professionals. Get those skills certified, and your future employment is practically guaranteed.
ISACA Now Blogger Salutes CISM by Looking Back at 20 Years of Cybersecurity Challenges
The popular Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) credential curated by cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA has now been with us for 20 years. That's why we have a new post this week to the ISACA Now Blog that recaps 20 ways that cybersecurity has gotten more challenging since the first appearance of CISM. For example: "Twenty years ago, it was (rare) to work from home; now we are utilizing it more and more, which makes companies more vulnerable to attacks via their endpoints and employees." Happy 20 years, CISM holders. Your job is only getting more and more difficult with each passing year.
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