CompTIA and Novell Join Forces

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Novell Training Centers Join CompTIA Learning Alliance

The training arms of CompTIA and Novell Inc. have joined forces.
Novell’s network of Authorized Training Centers have joined the CompTIA
Learning Alliance (CLA), the first major IT vendor to be accepted into
the CLA program.



“The CompTIA Learning Alliance is a reflection of what we’re trying to
do from the Novell standpoint, aligning ourselves with a vendor-neutral
strategy” said Aaron Osmond, managing director of Novell Training
Services (formerly called Novell Education) and a member of
Certification Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. “In the IT
certification space, vendor-based certification has become less valuable
to the new entrant. We feel it’s important to align ourselves with
CompTIA, and we’ve taken other steps in this direction, such as the
requirement of their Network+ for our CNA (Certified Novell
Administrator) starting next July.”



The CLA program verifies that training providers offer high-quality
learning to candidates, allowing IT professionals to find the best
training around the world to prepare for their CompTIA certifications,
such as A+, Network+ and Security+. To find out more about the program,



So what does this mean for Novell training partners? They will
automatically be accepted into the CLA program through June 30, 2003.
After that, they can renew their membership in the program. And it’s a
two-way street: existing CLA partners will be able to become Novell
Authorized Training Partners as long as they use a Certified Novell
Instructor (CNI) and Novell Authorized Curriculum when they deliver
Novell training. 



“CompTIA has a recommended curriculum, but they don’t get any direct
revenue from that,” said Osmond. “But for the vendor, we generate
revenue. CompTIA is trying to provide quality training for their
certifications, and we’re tying in with that by wanting our training
centers to be CLA partners. We believe that vendor-neutral certification
is important.”



Novell plans to continue to look for more ways to work with CompTIA and
support the vendor-neutral certifications it offers. Already, Novell has
integrated some of CompTIA’s certifications into its own certification
requirements. Osmond said that Novell is currently looking at its Linux
strategy, and that Novell Training Services will pursue support of
Linux-related certification materials and course content. So,
certification candidates interested in Linux should keep an eye on
Novell in the near future. Osmond said that Linux is going to keep
getting stronger, especially as OS vendors begin to drive Linux



To find out more about Novell’s education programs, see



U.S. General Accounting Office Measures Homeland Security IT Spending

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has identified $2.9 billion in
IT funding for homeland security in fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year
2003. According to a report released by the GAO, Information Technology
plays a “critical role in strengthening our nation’s homeland security.”
IT helps identify threats, helps government and other entities share
information and provides means of protecting the nation and developing
adequate responses.



The report by the GAO was requested by the Permanent Subcommittee on
Investigations of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. The
Subcommittee asked the GAO to uncover IT funding for purposes related to
homeland security in the departments and agencies that play a role in
this mission area. In addition, they asked the GAO to report on the IT
management issues that these organizations face.



The report showed that in fiscal year 2002, $1.2 billion is targeted for
organizations that are proposed to move into the new Department of
Homeland Security and that in fiscal year 2003, $1.7 billion is
designated for organizations proposed to move to the new department.
But, the report said, the total amount reported for IT funding for
homeland security is probably understated. Other potential costs, such
as multi-agency IT infrastructure, new intelligence systems and funding
for existing missions that are related to homeland security, are not
reflected in reported totals.



The report also looked at IT management issues faced by government
organizations moving to the new Department of Homeland Security. In
particular, the GAO cites that the FBI’s National Infrastructure
Protection Center (NIPC), the Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS), the Coast Guard and Customs had a high number of recommendations
from the GAO that still require action. Most of these open
recommendations are associated with securing information, mapping system
development efforts, managing investments in information technology and
developing and acquiring information systems. The report states that
since September 1996, poor information security has been a government-
wide high-risk area.



To read the full report in .pdf format, go to



Have You Kept Your Resolutions?

Most of us make resolutions as the new year rolls around. For me, these
usually fall along the lines of not eating so much chocolate and trying
to keep in touch with friends on a more regular basis. But by the third
week in January, for most of us, those resolutions are already long
forgotten, or, if not forgotten, at least pushed to the bottom of our
priority lists.



For IT professionals, Gartner Inc. has offered resolutions to help keep
your career on track. These resolutions are more business-focused than
technology-focused, since in these rough times, you need to show the
business value of IT.



Diane Morello, vice president and research director for Gartner, warns
that IT professionals who only focus on their technical skills will be
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