(ISC)² Prepares New Version of SSCP Exam
The SSCP exam administered by cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² is getting some standard upgrades and an interesting tweak on Nov. 1. The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credential is for experienced cybersecurity professionals who implement, manage, and monitor IT infrastructure. Starting in November, the exam will be available in four new languages: German, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Following the pattern established with its recent CISSP exam upgrade, (ISC)² will increase the number of exam questions and extend the exam completion time. As explained in a new post to the (ISC)² blog, here's how the changes will work: "As announced earlier this year for both the CISSP exam and CCSP exam, 25 pre-test (unscored) items will be added. These items do not impact the pass/fail result of your exam, but they are indistinguishable from operational (scored) items, so if you’re taking the exam, you should consider every item carefully and select the best possible answer, as you will not know if it counts toward your final score."
CompTIA CEO Sounds Call for Greater IT Employment
Over the past handful of years, the IT hiring gap hasn't been the tech industry bugaboo that it once was. With the Great Resignation still taking a bite out of overall employment, however, there is once again a colossal struggle brewing between demand for IT workers and the too-small supply of those same workers. That was the topic of remarks this week by Todd Thibodeaux, who spoke at the ChannelCon industry convention sponsored by tech industry association CompTIA. Thibodeaux, who is CEO of CompTIA, said that there are millions of potential tech workers in the United States alone who don't seek out IT employment because they believe it to be beyond their reach. As Thibodeaux put it: "People think it’s hard to learn to work in our field, that it costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. There are five or six barriers to overcome." The remedy for that situation, he said, has to include the entire IT industry, with all involved collaborating on a massive outreach effort to draw workers into IT careers.
Employers Should Provide Tech Training to Keep Workers in the Fold
You don't have to scramble to bring in new workers, of course, if you keep around the ones that you have already. There's no magic formula for keeping good employees, of course, but a new article posted to the IT and Technical Training Blog of employment consulting firm Training Industry offers a simple suggestion. Blogger Chad Utley says that helping your employees level up their IT skills and training is a cost-effective way to keep them in the fold. As Utley puts it: "With the knowledge that tech talent is getting harder and harder to hire, and that skills gaps in key proficiency areas are real, organizations must begin to invest in upskilling and future-proofing their existing tech teams. Doing so will set the organizations who create and cultivate talent from within apart from the organizations that simply consume talent." If you're a budding IT worker looking to round out your skill set, then read Utley's article and make a pitch to your manager.
Boost Your IT Career by Boosting Your People Game
Hillary Clinton once wrote a book about child-rearing, It Takes a Village, to suggest that a successful upbringing requires community input and support. Professional careers, including IT careers, are similar. You can be a lone wolf who never interacts with others and have a career, of course, but there are numerous benefits of cultivating a professional network,, everything from mentoring and job referrals to emotional support and professional references. An article at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine, outlines the process of creating a professional network. If you've heard about networks, but aren't sure how to start putting yours together, then this is a great place to get a blueprint.
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