ISACA Launches New Entry-Level IT Audit Certificate
Cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA has a popular, respected, and, up until the last couple of years, relatively tightly focused certification program. The scope of ISACA's program is still relatively small, but it's clear that an effort has underway behind the scenes to open things up a bit. After launching a data privacy certification and a five-tiered foundational IT knowledge certification in recent years, ISACA is now adding an entry-level certificate to its roster of credentials. The brand new IT Audit Fundamentals Certificate offers a first-step point of entry to a realm where ISACA has some serious certification clout: IT auditing. If you've ever wondered what, exactly an IT auditor does, well, we have a solution to that. Getting back to the new news, ISACA is hopeful that the IT audit certificate will extend its reach both to incoming IT workers fresh from diploma land, and to career switchers jumping into IT from other fields of professional endeavor. Sharon Donahue, a senior VP at ISACA, explains it this way: "ISACA is a career partner for professionals at every level of their careers, including those just getting started or those looking to switch careers. IT audit is truly a rewarding career field with incredible opportunity. But there are currently few resources available that prepare rising professionals or career changers for IT audit." Well, that's a little bit less of a problem now, isn't it? Thanks, ISACA.
CompTIA Wants to Catch You Up on ChannelCon
The (still ongoing, by the way) COVID-19 pandemic forced tech industry association CompTIA to confine its annual ChannelCon event to streaming video and virtual interaction in both 2020 and 2021. So it may have slipped the notice of many in the industry that, in 2022, CompTIA reset the dial to "in-person gathering" and everyone partied down in Chicago. It's OK if you weren't there, or if you were only kinda there — you know, in the Zoom or Teams sense of being there — however, because the official CompTIA blog has posted a recap of 10 cool things you may have missed at this year's ChannelCon. For example, CompTIA added a special North America Community (comprising the United States and Canada only; sorry Mexico) to its global roster of peer groups that promote professional networking and advocate for IT causes. So that's something you may have missed out on. Or you may not know who the CompTIA Member of the Year is, or what job she fills, or where she works. (But at least now you know it was a woman. Thought we'd throw you a bone there.) At any rate, there was lots of cool IT stuff that went down at ChannelCon, and now there's a way to get at least a little bit caught up.
(ISC)² Wants to Pump You Up About Upcoming Security Congress
Sticking like the creepy stalker from that one song by The Police to the topic of industry gatherings, (ISC)² is (ISC)-tooting its own horn in a new blog post aimed at those who may not yet have fully committed to attending it's own wham-bam-feel-the-glam annual showcase convention. This year's Security Congress event is set to be held at Caesar's Palace in Sin City itself, Las Vegas. There are way more reasons to attend, however, than just the party-down vibe, and that's the focus of a new post to the official (ISC)² blog. For example, as one past attendee whose words have been immortalized in advertising for the current Security Congress put it, "All of the speakers were great. I walked away with insights that I hadn't heard before." Yowza! If that doesn't have you practically drooling over a symphony of cybersecurity industry decadence and hedonism that should definitely stay in Vegas, then you need to undo that top button right away. But seriously, folks, if you're looking for some solid information about the content and tenor of this year's event, do click over and have a read.
Certification Magazine Seeks Participation in Computer Networking Certification Survey
The good folks at Certification Magazine have fired up the survey machine again, and their latest foray into asking questions and tallying data is focused on the computer networking realm. The one prerequisite to taking the survey is having at least one current computer networking certification. That's it! If you work in IT, and you are computer networking certified, then you don't even need to know the magic word. You can pop on over and take the survey right now.
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