New Expert-Level Cybersecurity Cert from Microsoft
There are a fair number of high-level cybersecurity certifications that vie with each other for recognition as being the most vital top-tier credential for cybersecurity experts to add to their CVs. Cybersecurity professional associations like (ISC)², ISACA, and the SANS Institute have tended to dominate that space, but now Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of software titan Microsoft, is throwing its hat into the ring. The new Microsoft Certified: Cybersecurity Architect Expert credential is a role-based cybersecurity cert for anyone who meets the following description: "Cybersecurity architects are essential for helping organizations design and evolve their cybersecurity strategy. This role is central to helping protect a company’s mission and business processes across every aspect of its enterprise architecture." The new credential is billed as being the first is Microsoft Learn's new Security, Compliance, and Identity certification portfolio. In addition to passing the designated Microsoft Certified: Cybersecurity Architect Expert exam, candidates must also complete one of four possible prerequisite exams: SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst, SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator, AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies, and MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administration.
Five Questions with CompTIA Women in IT Leadership Award
One of the more vexing ongoing challenges for everyone in the IT realm is figuring out how to make IT careers and career environments more welcoming to women. The most obvious way, in fact, to solve another of IT's more vexing ongoing challenges — the persistent shortage of skilled IT professionals — is to figure out ways to make IT and IT careers more appealing to women. What's it going to take? One thing that everyone confronting the problem could probably benefit from doing more of is listening to the women who already work in IT. So it's always important to pay attention when a woman in IT, particularly a leader, has something to say. A new featured post to the blog of tech industry association CompTIA (ahem) shines a "spotlight" on Dr. Georgette Fraser-Moore the CEO and president of Atlanta-based IT firm Transformation Lead. Dr Moore is the 2022 winner of CompTIA's Advancing Women in Technology Leadership Spotlight award. Her conversation with CompTIA includes thoughtful answers to questions like, "Why is advancing women in technology important to you?" This is a valuable perspective from a vital sector of the IT realm.
Survey Says: Money in the Cloud
Once upon a time in the west the motivating cry of "There's gold in them there hills!" unleashed a tidal wave of miners and prospectors flooding into the hills and valleys. In 2022, it's been clear for some time now that there is now gold in the (metaphorical) skies above — in the cloud, to be more specific. The latest indication of wealth in cloud computing was reported by IT education facilitator and publisher O'Reilly Media, which released the findings from its 2022 Cloud Salary Survey at the end of June. Among the more eye-opening findings: Out of the several hundred survey responses that data for the report was drawn from, the average annual salary is an eye-opening $182,000. Even to the average working professional in a sector (IT) that is noted for its strong salary growth, that's some serious coin. There's lot of other good information to come out of the survey. Any and all cloud computing professionals would be well-served to take a look.
Oracle Launches New Data Science Certification
Over the past decade, data science has, off and on, been an IT hiring, skills development, and salary growth hotspot. Sometimes all of the love seems to get sucked in other directions (see preceding item), but data analysis is still a great path to pursue. For anyone who is feeling drawn in that direction, there's a new certification available from database management colossus Oracle. The new credential even ties in cloud computing for some added skills and salary sizzle: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Data Science Professional. The new credential helps build and/or validate proficiency at using OCI Data Science. In Oracle's words, "OCI Data Science is a cloud service that supports the full machine learning (ML) lifecycle. The service enables data scientists to rapidly build, train, deploy, and manage ML models by using Python and open-source libraries." If that description puts the wind in your sails, then you have a new certification objective before you.
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