(ISC)² Sets Out to Certify 1 Million New Cybersecurity Professionals
There has been a yawning supply-and-demand gap in the cybersecurity profession for many years. (ISC)², perhaps the leading cybersecurity professional association in the IT industry, is attempting to do something big to shrink the shortfall. (ISC)²'s own widely publicized research estimates that there are 2.7 million fewer cybersecurity professionals than open cybersecurity jobs. If everything goes according to the ambitious plan announced this week, (ISC)² will relieve a massive amount of the hiring strain by helping 1 million new cybersecurity professionals enter the global cybersecurity workforce. A big piece of the puzzle is the soon-to-debut entry-level cybersecurity certification that ISC)² has been prepping all year. The brand new credential now has a name: Certified in Cybersecurity. Beginning in September, ISC)² will announce details of its new plan to initiate 1 million new cybersecurity careers by providing free access to Certified in Cybersecurity self-paced online training and exams. This is a golden opportunity for aspiring cybersecurity professionals. Free exams and free training iwill provide a huge shot in the arm to cybersecurity newcomers. ISC)² has a particular audience in mind: "University students, recent graduates, career changers and other professionals wishing to expand their skills and opportunities are encouraged to participate, especially individuals employed or seeking employment within small and midsized businesses." If you fit any (or all) of those parameters, then definitely keep yourself in the loop.
CBT Nuggets Takes a Long Look at ISACA's ITCA Certification
Speaking of entry-level credentials that are being pioneered by respected cybersecurity professional associations, cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA recently launched its own outreach effort to capture the minds and hearts of young IT up-and-comers. The Information Technology Certified Associate (ITCA) credential verifies knowledge and skills in each of five core IT domains: computing, networks and infrastructure, cybersecurity, software development, and data science. That's a pretty impressive foundation for anyone to build an IT career on. This week, IT education and training provider CBT Nuggets assesses whether the ITCA credential is a good place for aspiring tech professionals to get started. CBT Nuggets frequently evaluates IT certifications in its long-running "Worth It?" series of blog posts, and as blogger Ross Heintzkill puts it, "For newcomers to the IT job market, it can feel like there's no way to get experience without already having it." Is ISACA's ITCA the certification silver bullet that solves this conundrum? You'll have to click over and read Heintzkill's post to find out where CBT Nuggets stands.
Should You Get an SQL Certification?
Structured Query Language, or SQL, is a hugely important tool in database management and data analytics. There are a number of different credentials that validate SQL knowledge and proficiency, but programmers often don't rely on certifications either for learning or street cred. That gets us to a new post at the Insights blog of IT employment facilitator Dice, which assesses the SQL certification dilemma. Dice blogger Nathan Eddy gives a quick overview of which SQL certifications stand out from the pack, whether SQL certification is essential to landing an SQL-related job, and where to look for training and certification if you're interested.
What's On the Horizon with CompTIA's New Project+ Credential?
The IT project management landscape tends to be dominated by some toweringly prestigious certifications, perhaps none more august the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential curated by the Project Management Institute (PMI). If you want to jump into the field with a solid base of knowledge and experience while avoiding the ponderous timeline often required in project management certification, however, the CompTIA's foundational Project+ credential could be right up your alley. Project+ has been around long enough that the upcoming PK0-005 iteration, which CompTIA will release this fall, is the fourth overhaul/upgrade. Over at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine, tech writer Emmett Dulaney recently launched a deep-dive preview series to dig in and assess how Project+ has been tuned up and what exam candidates will need to know to conquer the new exam. If you've been contemplating a career in project management, then this could be good place to jump in.
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