• 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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  • It can be hard to break into the IT world with only certifications and no job experience.

    Dear CertMag: How do I get started as a certified technician?

     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’m a certified technician and have recently completed CompTIA Network+ and Server+, but I have no job experience. What steps can I take to stick out to …

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  • Don't let failure stand in the way of certification.

    CertStudent: Overcoming failure by sticking to his certification guns

     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    There isn’t a whole lot to do in the small town …

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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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  • What will Windows 9 have to wow PC users?

    Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9?

    Windows 8 has been with us for a couple of years now and its reception in the marketplace has been tepid at best. A lot of users found the interface changes in Windows 8 to be unpalatable. In fact, many users elected to keep the familiar environment provided by Windows 7 on their desktops, and …

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  • Certification helped Steven Rich get a full-time job straight out of high school.

    High school grad trumps peers’ college training with certification

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

    After applying for a full-time customer support position with a wireless internet service provider in Worcester, Mass., recent high school graduate Steven Rich (Tantasqua Regional High School, class of 2014) landed in the same hiring pool as a handful of candidates with college …

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