'Tis the season (again) to reflect on everything that's gone on around here in 2021. We began our year-end retrospective on Nov. 29 by looking at the 10 Most Popular Quizzes of the year.
Next up is GoCertify's weekly Certification Watch newsletter. We've had almost 50 Certification Watch newsletters so far this year, but which ones were deemed most engaging by our readers? We're glad you asked. (Or we asked. Or, well, someone did. We're just glad.)
Without further ado, here are the 10 Most Popular Certification Watch newsletters of 2021:
1) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 7 (Feb. 17, 2021) – Random quotation: "Professional sports leagues have halls of fame. Video games have halls of fame. Now cybersecurity certification association EC-Council has a hall of fame."
2) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 1 (Jan. 7, 2021) – Random quotation: "If 75 IT certifications got together in Hollywood to have brunch at Chateau Marmont, then it would probably not be the ones included on the Salary Survey 75 list issued annually by Certification Magazine. It's not really that kind of list."
3) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 48 (Dec. 1, 2021) – Random quotation: "Cloud computing is of massive importance, both inside the IT industry and across any technology-driven or -assisted human endeavors. If you want to have a thriving and sustainable IT career, then basic knowledge of cloud computing is practically required, and advanced knowledge of cloud computing can make you a top-priority hire across a broad spectrum of businesses and organizations."
4) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 11 (March 17, 2021) – Random quotation: "Strictly speaking, you can't measure the value of professional experience in dollars and cents. You can ask IT professionals how much money they make, on the other hand, as well as how long they've been employed in IT. There's a little more special sauce to it than that, but in a nutshell tech employment facilitator Dice has triangulated the appropriate parameters and is ready to offer some facts and figures."
5) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 9 (March 3, 2021) – Random quotation: "Advertisers frequently attest that 'real' men and women drive a certain kind of vehicle, or drink a certain brand of beer, with the implication being that mere mortals can achieve desirable 'real'-ness (realitude? reality?) by following suit."
6) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 27 (July 7, 2021) – Random quotation: "Most people have considerably more passwords in their life than they do pairs of underwear in their laundry rotation. Is that any way to live? Not according to an article from the April issue of Certification Magazine that lays out the arguments for and against a future with no passwords and explains the technologies (most of them already available) that could make it happen."
7) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 12 (March 24, 2021) – Random quotation: "Nobody want things to be half-baked in life, especially when it comes to food preparation, and double especially when the food preparation involves meat. The general public's well-conditioned fear of salmonellosis (the upset stomach, fever, pain, etc., caused by salmonella and generally labeled "food poisoning) is a metaphorical jumping off point for a discussion of the importance of evaluation in certification in an article from the January print edition of Certification Magazine(.)"
8) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 47 (Nov. 24, 2021) – Random quotation: "There's a fair amount of concern about privacy protection across the IT industry. IT professionals are probably aware, to a greater degree, of the perils of protecting privacy, since various software tools are generally responsible for concerns about privacy mischief. Over at the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA, a new post suggests that the cloud overshadowing the IT privacy landscape is only getting darker."
9) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 6 (Feb. 10, 2021) – Random quotation: "Growth in any career includes a degree on ongoing education. In the IT sphere, continuing skills development is essential – staying employed means keeping up with the pace of change across the rapidly evolving technology landscape. Many IT certification programs require credential holders to meet a minimum standard for continuing education (CE) in order to stay certified."
10) Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 29 (July 21, 2021) – Random quotation: "Advice has been an important part of life throughout most of human history. Some of the most famous written works in the Western canon, from Bible's Book of Proverbs (attributed to King Solomon and others) to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, are essentially collections of advice for living. Confucianism is an entire system of thought and behavior that grew out of the life advice taught by Confucius. Let's face it: We all like to invent rules for living, and we enjoy passing those rules on to other possibly even more than we enjoy thinking them up in the first place."