• 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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  • Can Windows 10 make all of your wildest dreams come true?

    What to expect when you’re expecting … Windows 10

      In an article penned for Certification Magazine last month, I spent some time speculating about the next version of Microsoft Windows, the beta release of which was due out Sept. 30. In that article, I pieced together all of the rumors and speculation to try to form a coherent picture of what this new version …

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  • Use these resources to study up for Security+ certification.

    CompTIA Security+ SYO-301 Study Resources

    Next in my series of CompTIA study guides is Security+ SYO-301. This is a pretty solid entry-level certification for IT professionals looking to get their feet wet in security. Along with a few other certs, this is a great entry on anyone’s resume. As with the other guides, this will be broken down by free and …

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  • Are IT employees compensated fairly in the United States?

    Dear CertMag: Why don’t U.S. firms pay IT pros what they’re worth?

     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 keep reading about the shortage of tech workers, but what I actually see is a shortage of cheap tech workers. American companies don’t want …

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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 don’t accurately or fully assess whether a certification candidate …

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  • The Internet of Things is changing the face of IT. What does that mean for your tech career?

    The Internet of Things wants to connect you to the future

    This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. The term Internet of Things, or IoT, was coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton. Ashton, a British technologist who co-founded the RFID-pioneering (radio frequency identification) Auto-ID Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), used the term to envision a world where the internet would …

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