CompTIA Unveils New(est) Linux+ Exam, Certification
Like a tree in the front yard, you can't just entirely ignore an IT certification, even one that has strong roots and excellent growth, and has been there for a while. Every so often you have to prune the tree, or take off a dead limb, or make sure that it's getting enough water to thrive. Most certifications also need some level of maintenance and care to help them grow, adapt, and thrive. The latest credential in CompTIA's IT certification garden to get some sprucing up is Linux+, the all-purpose introduction to the ever-expanding ecosystem of the world's most popular open source OS. CompTIA is confident that the refurbished Linux+ exam will provide critical training and/or skills validation to both aspiring and current Linux professionals. "CompTIA Linux+ stands apart from other credentials because it is job-focused and addresses the foundational skills sought by hiring managers. Unlike other certifications, the CompTIA Linux+ exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job."
CISSP Gets Cybersecurity Salute from Industry Professionals
The CISSP certification curated by cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² is widely recognized as having more industry clout than almost any other cybersecurity credential. Not only that, but CISSP is generally recognized as being one of the more impactful credentials available in any IT discipline. Now CISSP has a few more laurels to rest on. A recent assessment from IT employment facilitator Dice under the headline "Cybersecurity Certifications: Do You Need Them to Land a Job?" features a number of laudatory remarks from cybersecurity professionals who praised CISSP. As noted by one Steve Tcherchian, Chief Product Officer at XYPRO, "I always recommend the Certified Information Systems Security Professional Cert (CISSP). For years, this has been the dominating certification in the cybersecurity industry."
Which Cybersecurity Jobs Are the Best Ones to Pursue?
Speaking of CISSP certification, or other top cybersecurity credentials, suppose that you have one of those. Expert cybersecurity skills thus validated, where should you turn to look for work? A new post to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA runs down the top cybersecurity job titles that employers have in their sights in 2022. At the top of the heap is cybersecurity analyst. The other in-demand cybersecurity job titles, in order, are software developer/engineer, cybersecurity consultant, vulnerability analyst/penetration tester, cybersecurity manager/administrator, network engineer/architect, systems engineer, senior software developer, and systems administrator. Blogger Eileen Ristau Tauchman lists the average annual salary that U.S. professionals can expect to earn for each job and gives some detailed information about what is generally required of cybersecurity professionals. If you're either considering a cybersecurity career path or already following one, then you will almost certainly glean some helpful information from this post.
What to Expect from Your First Week at a New IT Job
Suppose that you flex your cybersecurity muscles (or any other IT-related muscles) and land in a new job. Where should you turn and what should you expect from starting that job? What are the best first steps to take to ensure success? That ground is covered in depth by a recent article at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine. For example, what should be your first order of business as you settle in? Tech writer Nathan Kimpel says that you should focus on people first. Learn as much as you can, he advises, about who you'll be working with and what their roles and skills are. That's just his starting point, however, there's a great deal of other information here that will be beneficial to anyone who is starting a new IT job.
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