(ISC)² Launches New Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certification
If you've heard us say it once, then you've heard us say it a million times: The world needs more skilled cybersecurity professionals. The much-publicized cybersecurity hiring gap — the shortfall between the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs and the number of skilled professionals available to fill them — consistently hovers at or above 2.5 million. Cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² is among a number of groups that have publicly committed to shrinking the gap, and now it has taken a major step in that direction with the launch of a brand new cybersecurity certification especially tailored to entry-level professionals. The new (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity credential was announced almost a year ago, and now is finally, officially available to one and all. Not only that, but thanks to pilot program exam testing, there are more than 1,500 individuals who already hold the new credential.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Overhauls Associate-Level Certification
There's no bigger name in cloud computing than Amazon Web Services. Hence, there's no bigger name in cloud computing certification than Amazon Web Services. The base-level credential of the AWS certification program is AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, recommended for individuals with six months' worth of professional cloud experience. At the next level up is AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, one of three associate-level certifications. That credential is the subject of today's news flash, which is that AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate has been overhauled and relaunched. As noted in a new post to the AWS Training and Certification Blog, "In the new content outline, we have reordered or renumbered many of the domains and task statements from the previous content outline. However, much of the content is the same. More than 90% of the task statements that appeared in the previous content outline are covered in the new content outline." So there you have it. New-and-improved, but not so new-and-improved that you wouldn't recognize it.
Oracle University Teams Up with LinkedIn Learning to Boost Cloud Computing Workforce
At the top of this week's newsletter, we mentioned that (ISC)² is one of a number of organizations committed to shrinking the cybersecurity hiring gap. GoCertify's own Ed Tittel recently discussed how the U.S. government is leading the charge to protect IT infrastructure by committing those same cybersecurity organizations to make skills training more readily available and less expensive. Everyone agrees that money lost to outright theft and disaster remediation is a big incentive to bring more cybersecurity practitioners into the workforce. You know what's an even bigger incentive than that? The fearful prospect of money that will never even be accumulated in the first place because of worker shortages. Oracle University announced this week that it has partnered with LinkedIn Learning in an effort to expand access to cloud skills training and build up the supply of skilled cloud computing professionals. Oracle University SVP Damien Carey paints a dire picture of the pressing need to skill up more cloud technologists: "According to a Korn Ferry report, an estimated $8.5 trillion in annual revenues will be unrealized by 2030 if the talent shortage is left unchecked, making closing the growing skills gap critical to supporting continued economic growth and innovation now and in the future." Whoa. That's $8.5 trillion with a T. Mamma mia!
CompTIA Certification Helps Hearing-Impaired IT Student Succeed
Anyone who knows Certification Watch knows that we love a good human-interest story of certification success. So we'll close out this week by linking to a fun new post to the official blog of IT industry association CompTIA. The blog post introduces readers to David Vasquez, who was an aspiring web developer until he realized that computer programming wasn't really his thing. So he made an unplanned hop, skip, and a jump to somewhat related IT field that he soon realized suited his interests much better. In Vazquez's own words: "I accidentally took a cybersecurity class, and to my luck, my school had just introduced cybersecurity as a major." Among the obstacles confronting the newly aspiring cybersecurity professional: a hearing disability. You can hop over the CompTIA blog to read the rest, but we'll just add that it's always welcome to learn that accommodations for individuals with disabilities are continuing to become the norm, and not the exception.
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