• Should certification exams switch to an open-resource format?

    So Crazy It Just Might Work

    Is the world of IT certification ready for open-resource testing?

  • Using strong passwords is a simple way to beef up your protection against cybercrime.

    The Last Time I Changed My Password Is ...

    The simplest way to protect your online activities is one many people ignore.

  • What is the most productive way to make career-determining decisions?

    The Wisdom of (Pardon me, have we met?)

    What sort of weight should you give to free career advice from forums and message boards?

  • CompTIA wants YOU ... to nominate someone to the IT Hall of Fame.

    Lifetime Achievement

    Do you know of someone who should be in the IT Hall of Fame? Tell CompTIA!

  • How much do you know about hybrid cloud? Would you like to know more?

    Look! Up In the Sky

    Nope, it's not a bird or a plane. It's the future (and present) of business computing.

  • What do you need to know about wireless standards to pass CompTIA's Network+ exam?

    WWW = World Without Wires?

    Keeping your wireless standards straight is an important part of networking certifications.

  • Encryption is an important foundational IT security technology.

    Exploring encryption: Know the basics of an important IT security standard

    Encryption is one of the most powerful tools available to security professionals seeking to protect sensitive information from unauthorized disclosure. It is the driving force behind the security of networks, web applications, messaging, mobile devices and many other critical technologies. Successful IT professionals are familiar with the technology and ways to apply it appropriately to …

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  • The Internet of Things is about to have a major impact on ... almost everything.

    British Computer Society debates impact of Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things is everywhere. Maybe not literally everywhere — yet. With 50 billion devices, objects and even such “things” as plants and animals projected to become internet enabled just in the next five years, however, our already wired world is about to experience a tsunami of connectivity. The change is bound to have unintended …

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  • Gamification may soon have an impact on certification.

    Playing games with certification: An idea whose time has come?

    Gamers are problem solvers at heart. They just solve problems that are a little out-of-the-ordinary, like jumping on a turtle’s head and then kicking its shell into an oncoming line of ambulatory mushrooms that are spoiling for a fight. The mushrooms go flying and the fight is averted. Problem solved! Even if you go into plumbing, however, …

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  • Big data could help your firm get big $$.

    New IBM big data certification introduced at Insight 2014 event

    If you had a nickel for every datum in your company’s cloud, then you could probably build the Great Wall of China out of nickels. Several times. Only, what if you really did have a nickel for every datum? It’s an idea whose time has come, and it’s at the heart of the hue and …

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  • Free Wifi

    A guide to wireless standards for CompTIA Network+ candidates

    We’ve looked at some of the wireless networking related topics that appear on CompTIA’s Network+ certification exams (both the current N10-005 exam and the upcoming N10-006) in other articles. To finish that topic, the focus this month is on wireless standards and what you need to know …

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  • Mentoring can help prepare you to step into a future IT job role.

    Dear CertMag: Which certs will help me become an IT security specialist?

    What’s the best way for a new IT professional to advance in the cybersecurity field? There are quite a few certifications available, but getting a credential may not be the most important first step to take. IT advice guru Wayne Anderson fields a certification query all the way from South Africa.

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  • What's the worst that could happen? A new recertification policy from Oracle.

    Oracle’s new recertification policy: A calamity of Biblical proportions?

    The Oracle Certification Program recently announced a significant policy change. A number of certifications related to older releases of the Oracle database now require candidates to recertify in order for their credentials to remain active. The policy affects 11 certifications for release 9i and older that will require action by Nov. 1, 2015. Another five …

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  • CompTIA has passed a major certification milestone.

    One in a million: CompTIA A+ passes certification milestone

    The Million Man March didn’t actually have a million men. And the cave people in Raquel Welch’s One Million Years B.C. couldn’t have actually lived on Earth 1,000,000 years before Christ (look, they didn’t call the movie One Million Years BCE, so shut up). There really are, however, 1,000,000 CompTIA A+ certification holders. Not only …

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  • What's better than free IT certification training for life?

    CertStudent: Lucky IT admin gets free certification training for life

     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.

    From somewhere in the picturesque environs of Aschaffenburg, Germany, 26-year-old Mario …

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  • Get your career on the fast track with these top network design certs.

    Fast-track your IT career with these top network design certs

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

    If you’re a network administrator looking to up your game (and your paycheck), then network design is a logical next step. If you’re already in this lucrative field, then congrats! And what are you doing to advance your career? In either case, adding a …

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