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Cross the Finish Line: Tips for Winning the IT Race
Bonni Frazee
When you pass your certification exams, you’re also proving you have learned to learn. We’ve got the hints and tips to help you reach your most difficult certification goals


Failure is not an Option: Ensuring Certified Success
Julie Rowe
There’s no doubt that it takes both knowledge and skill to pass those certification tests. Don’t let fear of failure keep you from earning those credentials.

Study Guide
CertMag’s Security StudyGuide

Security Tools: Let’s Get Personal – Firewalls
Douglas Schweitzer
Firewalls stand before your systems, determining what information can get in and what can get out. Find our more about the personal firewalls that protect your PCs.

Tech Tools: Supporting Small Business: Server Solutions
Emily Hollis
Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the economy. Here’s a rundown of the tools that will support your small office as you transform it into a global enterprise.

Network Tools: Presentation Tools for Network Administrators
Douglas Mechaber
Presentations may be part of doing bushiness, but that doesn’t make them any easier. Learn about the tools and techniques that will polish your presentation to perfection.

Storage Management: Choose the Top Solutions
Ed Tittel
You could spend years trying to learn everything you need to know about storage. To help you drill down to the nitty-gritty, we take a look at storage management consoles and tools.



Security: Security Policies and Procedures
Uday O. Ali Pabrai
No matter how secure your systems, if you don’t follow security best practices, the hackers will find a way through. Developing proper policies and procedures is the first step to safety.



Guest Editorial: HIPAA: Don’t Wait to Be Compliant
Allan F. Gilbreath
IT professionals are responsible for securing protected health information as mandated by HIPAA. Are you compliant?

Tech Careers
Katherine Spencer Lee
Do you have your eye on the nest rung up the corporate ladder? Moving into IT management takes a combination of technical knowhow and business smarts.

Learning Tools
Ed Tittel
Real-world, hands-on, skills are essential to success in the IT profession. Simulations and virtual labs can help you get the know-how you need to succeed.

Inside Certification: Restoring Confidence in IT Certifications
Evan Liebovtich
The IT industry has been hit hard by recent economic woes, but the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifications are still thriving. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the program.

Specialty Certification
Elizabeth Swanson
Information is the heart of any business, and skilled professionals must ensure that it is available when needed. VERITAS Software can test your storage skills.



David Foster, Ph.D.

Final Thoughts
Martin Bern

Editor’s Letter
Tim Sosbe
Surveying Your Future


CertMag on the Web
CloseUp: Novell Certified Linux Engineer (CLE)
Ed Tittel
With its new open-source initiative, Novell has introduced a new certification to certify your Linux skills. Learn more about where Novell certification is headed

Cold Comfort: 12 Useful Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Jim Boring
Sometimes you have to learn life’s lessons the hard way. In this Web-exclusive look at life’s foibles, Jim Boring will give you some experienced-based wisdom of the ages.

Practice Test
Test Yourself on the IBM Enterprise Connectivity Exam #484
Seemr Manivanna
Practice tests are a cornerstone of certification preparation. This month, try your hand at IBM’s Enterprise Connectivity exam online at

Letters to the Editor

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