This Is What It Takes to Pass the ISACA CISA Certification Exam
No one signs up to run a marathon intending to get to the final couple of miles, then throw up, stop running, and have a friend pick them and drive them to the finish area. It's the same way with IT certification. It takes a great deal of professional experience, or possibly a great deal of study and review — or sometimes both — to prepare for an IT certification exam. When you put in all of that effort, you want to cross the finish line. A new post to the official ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA offers tips to anyone preparing for to take the exam for ISACA's signature certification, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Guest blogger Angelina Kahn-Dubois isn't just CISA certified: She scored higher on the exam than anyone else who attempted it in 2021. Her first tip is to read the book. In this particular case, she's referring to CISA Review Manual, an official publication of ISACA, which she grants is probably not "the page-turner you read on the beach this summer." (To say the least.) Among other recommendations, Kahn-Dubois is in favor of practice exams, noting that she completed "two full mock exams" on the day before she attempted the real deal.
What Does an IT Project Manager Do?
Besides the obvious, that is. Yes, yes, we know: An IT project managers manages IT projects. But what does that mean in the real world? How is IT project management different from other kinds of project management? Tech industry association CompTIA not only know the answers to those questions, but has an IT certification available to prospective IT project managers. Not only that, but the Project+ credential is just about to be renewed and refreshed: the PK0-005 exam will be available Nov. 8. It's fitting then that the newest installment in the ongoing Your Next Move series that runs at the official CompTIA blog shines a spotlight on IT project managers. To start with, according to blogger Meggy Kevkhishvili, an IT project manager "sets timelines for group projects and keeps the group on task and on budget." She adds that an IT project manager serves as "the liaison between those who ordered the project and those who bring it to life." There's a lot more to learn from her post about this crucially important role that isn't as glamorous as say, being a cybersecurity analyst or a data scientist. And while Project+ doesn't have the same degree of clout as some of the flashier project management credentials — the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) is the gold-label brand — it is respected in the industry.
(ISC)² and the FTC Have an Open Invitation to Cybersecurity Professionals
FTC, the identifying acronym of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, isn't a combination of letters that floats through the IT certification ether every day. Privacy protection is a key issue that governments and government agencies have struggled to address, however, so the FTC is turning to the experts to for help in exploring the possibility of new guidelines and standards. The FTC is currently accepting public comments (through Oct. 21) about whether "new rules are needed to protect people’s privacy and information in the commercial surveillance economy." Lots of people are bound to have strong feelings, but (ISC)² is calling on its membership of certified cybersecurity professionals, in particular, to participate. "One way our association can give back and help create a safe and secure cyber world is to lend our members’ expertise to help inform effective and intelligent policy. We encourage members with expertise in these areas to submit their thoughts to the FTC on this matter."
Who's Got (IT) Skills? Microsoft Learn Participants, That's Who
In addition to being a gigantic software corporation that manages the world's most widely used computer operating system, maintains a massive cloud computing platform, dabbles in video gaming, and still has an impressive (if gradually weakening) hammerlock on the school/workplace word processing and productivity market, Microsoft devotes a lot of time to helping people study and learn about technology topics. Last week in this space, we alerted readers to the upcoming 2022 Microsoft Student Summit. This week, we're pointing you in the direction of a new post to the Microsoft Learn Blog that tantalizingly promises that Microsoft training will help learners "build skills that open doors." As blogger and Microsoft executive Erin Rifkin puts it, "Technology’s purpose is to empower you. That’s why Microsoft Learn is designed to help you get the most value from Microsoft products and services, so you can make the most impact through the work you want to do." If you're new to the IT sphere or to the Microsoft Learn sphere, then this post offers an excellent gateway to one of the internet's more robust resources for online IT learning and skills acquisition.
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