• IT security pros need to know the basics of incident response.

    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Incident Response

    The term incident has special meanings in different industries. In the banking and financial areas, it’s very specific and involves something that includes the loss of money. You wouldn’t want to call a hacker attempt an incident if you were involved in a bank network because this terminology would automatically trigger an entirely different type …

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  • Take these steps to keep your data secure.

    How to avoid the five most common causes of data breaches

    Organizations around the country lost over 250 million records in data breaches during 2013 alone. This startling statistic, compiled by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, corresponds to more than one record for every adult American. Those records include credit card numbers, health information, employment data and other sensitive information that may lead to identity theft for …

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  • Employers don't always look at your work experience as much as they should.

    Dear CertMag: My work experience isn’t getting me hired

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I’ve been out of a job and looking for the past 10 months. My employer, a small IT consulting firm in Atlanta, hung in there …

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  • Standard multiple choice exams are bad for the business of certification.

    Certification exams: Time to move on from multiple choice

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

    Multiple-choice certification exams are a dime a dozen, and they really aren’t that great. This popular form of assessment has a lengthy list of advantages for exam creators, but the act of filling in a bubble for A, B, C, or D doesn’t …

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  • Study slump SIZED

    Dear CertMag: How can I nail my certification test retake?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I’ve been working in IT security for several years. I have two certs from GIAC, the GISF and the GSEC. I recently whiffed on my …

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  • Understanding injection attacks can help you secure your websites.

    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Injection Attacks

    Whenever any list of the biggest computing risks is compiled, it’s almost guaranteed that one or more injection attacks will vie for the top position. Injection attacks are commonly associated in news reports with SQL, but they can pop up in a variety of different places. There are injection-related vulnerabilities associated with headers, logs and …

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