New Certification for Web Administrators

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Oracle Introduces New Certification for Web Administrators


Oracle has announced a new certification for Web administrators, the
Oracle9iAS Certified Associate Web Administrator Certified Associate.
This credential will test IT professionals’ knowledge of Oracle9i
Application Server technologies. The beta exam for the certification
will be available Oct. 1, 2002 around the world.



The Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) level is the beginning level for
the Oracle Certification Program. OCAs have foundational knowledge that
they can apply as Oracle9iAS Web administrators, in the case of this
latest credential. The Oracle9iAS Web Administrator Certified Associate
cert is an excellent way for Oracle Certified DBA Professionals to
expand their skills to administering application servers.



The Oracle9iAS Web Administrator Certified Associate certification
requires a single exam, the Oracle9iAS Basic Administration exam.
Candidates can prepare to pass the exam through live, on-the-job
experience with Oracle 9i Application Server or by taking a combination
of classes through Oracle University. 



The beta exam will be available worldwide Oct. 1, 2002 through Dec. 31,
2002 for $50 (U.S.). Candidates who pass the beta will be among the
first Oracle9iAS Web Administrator Certified Associates in the world.
Oracle is currently accepting advanced registration for the beta exam.
For more details about registering for the beta, send an e-mail to, placing “Oracle9iAS Beta Exam” in the
subject line.



To learn more about the Oracle9iAS Web Administrator Certified
Associate credential, go to



Brainbench: Cyber-Defense Skills Lacking


According to a new report from Brainbench, U.S. cyber-defense skills
are still lagging, even though the issue has gained more focus since
Sept. 11, 2001. The report confirms findings from other private sector
reports and the U.S. federal government. The “Cyber Defense IQ Update”
states that on a year-over-year basis, the number of new certifications
in areas related to cyber-security is down. Only one area outpaced 2001
in new certifications: Disaster Recovery and Planning, which is
expected to see a 69 percent increase in certifications in 2002. 



The original “Cyber Defense IQ Report” was released in November 2001.
The report is based on Brainbench’s database of 5 million online test
results. Brainbench looked at the number of certifications awarded in
key cyber-security areas during the eight months from November 2001 to
July 2002, and compared those number with the number of certifications
earned between November 2000 and July 2001.



The report shows decreases in certifications earned for many key cyber-
security topics. Network security certification is down 22 percent for
the period, and the expected year-over-year decrease is 48 percent. WAN
Technology certifications fell 79 percent in the period measured, and
the projected year-over-year decrease is 82 percent. TCP/IP
certifications decreased 82 percent for the eight-month period, and
Internet Security certifications fell 91 percent.



The only cyber-security-related area that saw an increase in
certifications earned was Disaster Recovery and Planning. The number of
Disaster Recovery and Planning certifications earned increased 90
percent for the eight-month period being measured, and the expected
year-over-year increase is 69 percent.  



According to Mike Russiello, president and CEO of Brainbench, recent
studies from the Business Software Alliance and the federal
government’s Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office show that most
U.S. businesses are not ready for a cyber-attack. “As companies
struggle with cyber-defense issues and IT workers struggle with a
challenging economy, we believe that this data points toward an area of
opportunity for both companies and knowledge workers,” said Russiello. 



To read the report in pdf format, go to



Self Test Software Expands Offerings



Self Test Software has introduced a new test engine and along with it,
the company has expanded its offerings from practice exams to flash
cards and mentoring. Self Test Software created the IT certification
industry’s first practice test in 1992, and its practice tests are
endorsed by Cisco, CIW, CompTIA, Lotus, Microsoft, Novell and Oracle.



Self Test Software has added additional test-prep capabilities to its
well-known practice tests. These include integrated flash cards, access
to mentors and a customizable test engine. Flash cards are a popular
test-prep tool—think back to grade school when you were trying to learn
your multiplication tables. They are effective in helping certification
candidates memorize key information and concepts.



By providing 24×7 online access to mentors, Self Test Software is
adding a human touch to its test-prep tools. Candidates can chat live
with certified instructors to clarify key points. In addition,
candidates can review frequently asked questions and post to discussion
group threads that are related to specific exam materials.



Jim McDonnell, chief technology officer of Sel
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