• Jason Pucilowski built himself a computer from scratch.

    CertStudent: Parts in a box for Christmas

     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 ? Let us know at editor (at) certmag (dot) com. This week’s student was first featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Certification …

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  • Women are often in the minority in IT workplaces.

    Dear CertMag: I don’t encounter many other women in IT

     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: My love affair with computers and technology goes all the way back to middle school. I work in data storage and I’ve had a handful …

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  • Get your resume to the top of the heap with one of these infosec certs.

    Seven security certifications to set your sights on

    The IT job market is starting to heat up and security professionals are one of the career fields in high demand. The recent rash of high profile security breaches is causing executives and company boards to demand an increased focus on cybersecurity practices and IT shops are struggling to keep up. Earning a security credential …

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  • I have a solid foundation in the basics of IT networking. What's next?

    Dear CertMag: I want to advance my IT networking career

     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: After graduating college, I started on handling IT services at the city offices in my hometown. I like network management and I have a couple …

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  • 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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