(ISC)2 Offers Salute to Pioneering Black IT Professionals
February is Black History Month in the United States. Earlier this week, the official blog of cybersecurity professional association (ISC)2 took a moment to celebrate the rich history of Black information technology professionals in the United States. A post titled "Celebrating the Black History of Cybersecurity" offers capsule bios of 10 Black Americans, five men and five women, who made groundbreaking contributions to the development and growth of computers and IT. For example, there's mathematician Dr Evelyn Boyd Granville, who became "the second black woman to earn a Ph.D. from Yale in 1949. She joined IBM in 1956 as a computer programmer, writing software programmes for the IBM 650 computer. Granville also worked on various projects for NASA's Apollo space program, including digital computer techniques." It's worth clicking over to the (ISC)2 Blog to get the full story of these important contributions to the digital present that we largely take for granted.
Which Branch of IT is Right for You?
The information technology (IT) industry is already varied and diverse, and new avenues to pursue open up every day. Nobody just learns some computer stuff and gets a job with a cubicle and a workstation. No matter what your skills or interests are, if you have some basic knowledge of IT, then there are dozens of different IT career paths that you could choose to follow. That can be a bit overwhelming especially for students with strong technology skills who know that "computer jobs" have excellent pay, but don't have much else to go on. That brings us an article from the recent January issue of Certification Magazine that just appeared at CertMag.com, the official Certification Magazine website. Former educator and current instructional design and development guru Johnny Carrera discusses the wide-open IT career landscape and offers tips for those who have a map but aren't sure how to follow it. Both students and career-switchers are likely to benefit from Carrera's enthusiasm for IT and his expansive vision of the possibilities.
CBT Nuggets Peeks Inside Cisco's New Cloud Service
These days, everyone is doing cloud computing, including companies that have highly evolved corporate identities that are separate and distinct from cloud computing. Or maybe since cloud computing is gradually becoming part of everything to do with IT, any IT company has to get involved in cloud computing. At any rate, computer networking titan Cisco acquired mesh networking company Meraki in 2012, and now Meraki Cloud has become Cisco's corner of the ever-expanding cloud computing frontier. If you're fluent with (most) Cisco technology, but new to cloud computing, then you'll appreciate a new post to the official blog of IT training provider CBT Nuggets that provides an extended overview of what Meraki is and how it can become part of your career.
CompTIA Knows Things About (the Internet of) Things
The Internet of Things just keeps getting bigger: We could have upwards of 500 billion interconnected devices just by the end of the current decade. That's a lot of things! Tech industry association CompTIA offered up that fact and 29 others at the end of last week in a blog post with the heading "30 Internet of Things Stats and Facts for 2022." We've been talking about the Internet of Things for roughly a decade now, and there's no reason to assume that there won't be more to say about it in the future. Information technology just keeps expanding the breadth, speed, and scope of the networking technology that brings us all a little closer together each day. Old Ben Kenobi, the crazy hermit who lives out beyond the Dune Sea, was prophetic ... just not about midi-chlorians. The Internet of Things is really what surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. (Have we used that shtick before? It feels like we've used that shtick before.)
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