(ISC)2 Says Every Business Needs Cybersec-Certified Employees
Are you a large-, medium-, or small-sized business operator? If so, then global cybersecurity professional association (ISC)2 has a strong recommendation for you. Cybersecurity is a key area of concern for every modern business. Perhaps the most direct way to address the problem would be to hire skilled cybersecurity personnel. There's an ongoing shortage of skilled professionals, however, so where to turn next? (ISC)2 says the people you need already work for your business. They just need some training. And that's where (ISC)2 is offering to help. A recent post to the official (ISC)2 blog explains that the still-unnamed (formally, anyway) Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certification can help your entire staff gain important foundational cybersecurity skills. Since humans are almost always the weakest link in any cybersecurity posture, one of the most effective and comprehensive steps you can take to strengthen your company's overall defenses is simply to educate your employees. Not only that, but you're bound to identify at least one or two employees who have an aptitude for, and possibly an interest in, cybersecurity as a profession. That's what they call a double win.
CompTIA Has More Statistics and Facts for You
Tech industry association CompTIA has rung in the new year across January and February by touting lists of facts and statistics that can help IT professionals and IT business leaders dig in on key topics. The latest list runs down more than 30 stats and facts about artificial intelligence (AI). For example, did you know that 86 percent of CEOs feel that AI is viewed as being mainstream technology in their workplaces (as of 2021)? That's a pretty impressive level of AI saturation. And not only is AI already prevalent, it's about to become more so: 83 percent of organizations have increased their AI and machine budgets every year since 2019. If your employer – or your business – isn't at least investigating what benefits could come from greater investment in and adoption of AI and machine learning technologies, then your employer (or your business) is probably falling behind the curve. Two more tidbits: It would appear that people are getting comfortable interacting with AI on a support level. Nearly 70 percent of companies that were surveyed by research firm Forrester have realized reduced operating costs by using chatbot to assist with customer support, while the same source reveals that 63 percent of customer would rather interact with AI than with human support representative. Color us dubious about that last one – but there's at least some research to support it.
IT Instructor Rolls the Dice on Unusual Approach to Learning
Like most other educators, teachers tasked with filling young minds with information technology (IT) knowledge and skills often rely on creative, outside-the-box approaches to maintain student interest and promote success. One particularly intriguing approach is outline in a teacher profile piece that appeared in the January print issue of Certification Magazine. The article, which was recently posted at CertMag.com, the official Certification Magazine website, explains how Pennsylvania IT educator John Moran helps high school students meet state-mandated math and writing requirements for his IT course by engaging in weekly games of Dungeons & Dragons. The students have to be up on their class attendance and IT learning to participate – incentives that have apparently been having a positive effect. It's a fun read about one teacher's innovative approach.
Microsoft Dives Deep on BI Data Analyst Job Role (and Certification)
There's a great slice of certification and job skills knowledge over at the Microsoft Learn Blog, the official training and certification blog of Microsoft Learn. Blogger Nancy Tandy, a senior business strategy manager at Microsoft, takes a loving long look at the Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate credential. That particular certification job title is a mouthful, but essentially it refers to an individual who has both fluency with and depth of knowledge about Microsoft's Power BI software product for business analytics. Most businesses are increasingly data-driven and require at least one person on staff who can read and interpret business data. Tandy's blog post is loaded with information about both the data analyst job role, and getting certified in Power BI. If data analytics is your thing, then you'll find plenty to interest you here.
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