Microsoft Learning Launches New Site for Fundamentals Certs
As Mr. Elton once said, "A Microsoft certification is a Microsoft certification, but a Microsoft Certified: Fundamentals certification ... " He didn't say anything else. That's the joke, you know, that Mr. Elton is precisely the sort of gaseous windbag who starts a thought and then leaves it unfinished, because the implication is that there's no need to finish the thought because everyone else of course knows what he's thinking so we all nod, smile, and savor the quiet wisdom of the moment. At any rate, if you'd like to know more about the Microsoft Certified: Fundamentals branch of the Microsoft certification family tree, then it will surely please you to know that the powerhouse team at Microsoft Learning has created a new website for that express purpose. There are eight Fundamentals certs in all, each of them intended to acquaint newcomers with a different sector of the Microsoft software realm. If you're brand to Microsoft certification, then this is a great place to start your Microsoft certification journey from.
(ISC)2 Cybersecurity Beginners Share Their Origin Stories
Every hero's journey begins with an unassuming protagonist thrust into a defining moment, much like when settled and respectable hobbit Bilbo Baggins hosts an unexpected dinner party for the wandering wizard Gandalf and a troop of seemingly disreputable dwarves. In that vein, there's an engaging new post to the official blog of cybersecurity professional association (ISC)2 this week, where members of the (ISC)2 community respond to the question, "How did you 'break into' Cybersecurity as a career?" For example, Brian Bresnahan, a senior security analyst, got started in cybersecurity after spending more than 15 years programming voice and video systems. Each of the cybersecurity professionals who shares their story also offers advice about how to make the jump. The post title labels this as "Part 2" of the discussion. If you missed Part 1, then you can click here to catch up.
Enjoy a Pre-Exam Jam with the IBM Center for Cloud Training
No matter how much you've done to study and train for that next certification exam, there's always the creeping feeling that a) you probably could have done more, and b) maybe you aren't totally, entirely, 100 percent prepared to pass the exam. The IBM Center for Cloud Training (ICCT) has taken that pre-exam anxiety into account and is ready to help you experience a new sensation. The ICCT is now offering "study jams" tailored to upcoming certification exams. Study jams are a four-hour intensive refresher spread across two days (two hours per day). Here's what you can expect: "Study Jams are one of the most innovative and effective learning tools ICCT offers – an in-depth, online event filled with seminars, sessions with IBM experts, videos, flashcards, and more." Sounds pretty cool, right? If you have an IBM cloud computing exam coming up, then be sure to check the ICCT website to find out about (and register for) the latest study jams.
CompTIA Wants to Get You In the Know About Web3
Tech industry association CompTIA frequently uses the space at its official blog to set forth the truth of this or that IT concept or conundrum. This week, blogger Adam Lesh gives byte-sized explanations regarding Web3 and other bits of IT arcana including blockchain, the metaverse, and NFT. If you want to sound smart the next time that you're around the water cool at the office, then you shouldn't miss out on the likes of this pearl of wisdom: "No one knows exactly what Web3 is or will be, yet. First, the terms “Web1” and “Web2” only came into common use recently and were defined in hindsight, so we’re probably a few years, or decades, away from truly understanding what Web3 really is (was), mostly likely when we are on the precipice of Web4." What is Web3? No one know, nor should anyone expect to know until after it's no longer important. Uh-huh. So glad we had this conversation.
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