• Don't get caught off guard. Use CompTIA's IT security tool to assess your cybersecurity readiness.

    CompTIA offers free tool to assess IT security needs

    Sometimes finding out about a cybersecurity vulnerability is like seeing a mouse in the kitchen. Before it happens, both businesses and home computer users tend to assume that their IT security is entirely shipshape. If you haven’t seen any problems, then why would you assume that problems exist, right? You only start asking questions after you …

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  • Performance-based tests can be more accurate than multiple-choice exams.

    Performance Testing Council pursues mandate to improve exams

    There’s a running debate in certification circles as to whether it’s more effective to test certification candidates using traditional multiple-choice exams or performance-based tests that simulate (or duplicate) real world IT conundrums. Multiple choice tests are convenient, inexpensive and straightforward. Many have argued, however, that such tests 

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  • East coast Interop tech conference kicks off in New York City Sept. 29.

    IT community gathers for Interop conference and expo in NYC

    Maybe something like this has happened where you work:  A couple of times a year, one of the IT guys, or possibly a coworker who’s particularly jazzed about technology, phones in sick for several days, or perhaps mentions something about heading out of the office for a brief career development sabbatical. There are too many possible destinations to …

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  • Get IT going in Austin at SpiceWorld 2014.

    SpiceWorld 2014 tech conference under way in Austin

    Going all the way back to at least the debut of Austin City Limits in 1976, the state capitol of Texas has been a ground zero for fun and interesting cultural events. The city is nationally famous for its many annual music festivals, from the jazz, blues, bluegrass and Texas twang of the Old Settler’s Music Festival to the …

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  • Only with careful preparation will you conquer CCIE Security.

    Be prepared: Study is key to conquering Cisco’s CCIE Security exam

    This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine.

    One of the most challenging networking credentials in the IT certification world is the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) offered by Cisco. Now imagine combining that clout with a specialization in security. For many networking professionals, a CCIE Security stamp of approval is at …

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  • The right IT certification can be a career-changer/

    Hot tip: Certification observations from Chris Ward of CBT Nuggets

    We don’t all learn the same way, especially when it comes to certification. Some people are most at home sitting in a classroom and taking notes from an instructor. For others, a book and a set of do-it-yourself lab exercises may offer the best solution. For many, training videos are an essential tool. If you’re …

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  • CompTIA is preparing to recognize the 1 millionth person to be A+ certified.

    CompTIA has big plans for millionth A+ certified professional

    It doesn’t seem to happen all that much anymore, but once upon a time celebrations of this or that businesses’ milestone millionth customer occupied a somewhat iconic place in pop culture. Maybe we’re just not as impressed by the number 1,000,000 anymore. Besides which, hey, it’s a tough economy. When Banco Walmart opened its millionth account (after …

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  • Help CertMag determine which cloud certs are the best!

    Salary Survey PLUS — Cloud Computing

    A favorite question among certification candidates is the one about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: How much money will I make after I finish this certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or …

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  • CompTIA certs can help you get into the IT groove.

    CompTIA certs blaze career path for Defense Department contractor

    There are lots of ways to get a foot on the bottom rung of the career ladder in IT and start climbing. Education, whether in college or high school, is what leads a lot of young professionals to settle into an IT groove. Many IT lifers’ first exposure to computers and technology is from playing video …

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  • Robots aren't quite ready to take over IT professions.

    Study finds networking, information security on leading edge of IT

    There is a fair-to-decent chance that most of us don’t still have the same job title that we did in 1999, whether that title was sales manager or burger flipper. Especially in the realm of IT — where advances in technology open up new areas of specialization with a regularity approaching that more typically attributed to the …

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