• What is the right certification to advance a young tech's security career?

    In the (Tech) Army Now

    Certification can get you started in IT security, but there may be a more important stepping stone.

  • 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.

  • Oracle is implementing a new recertification policy.

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Oracle has a new recertification policy. But is the change actually revolutionary?

  • These top certs can help your get top network design jobs.

    Best Network Design Certs

    These credentials will rocket your resume to the top of the stack.

  • Protect your network using these important security measures.

    Protect Your Network

    Keep intruders out using these simple security measures.

  • A lucky IT admin will never pay for IT certification training again.

    A Certification Jackpot

    A lucky IT admin from Germany will never pay for certification training again.

  • It can be hard to break into the IT world with only certifications and no job experience.

    Dear CertMag: How do I get started as a certified technician?

     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: I’m a certified technician and have recently completed CompTIA Network+ and Server+, but I have no job experience. What steps can I take to stick out to …

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  • Get IT going in Austin at SpiceWorld 2014.

    SpiceWorld 2014 tech conference under way in Austin

    Going all the way back to at least the debut of Austin City Limits in 1976, the state capitol of Texas has been a ground zero for fun and interesting cultural events. The city is nationally famous for its many annual music festivals, from the jazz, blues, bluegrass and Texas twang of the Old Settler’s Music Festival to the …

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  • Don't let failure stand in the way of certification.

    CertStudent: Overcoming failure by sticking to his certification guns

     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. There isn’t a whole lot to do in the small town …

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  • Only with careful preparation will you conquer CCIE Security.

    Be prepared: Study is key to conquering Cisco’s CCIE Security exam

    This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. One of the most challenging networking credentials in the IT certification world is the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) offered by Cisco. Now imagine combining that clout with a specialization in security. For many networking professionals, a CCIE Security stamp of approval is at …

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  • What will Windows 9 have to wow PC users?

    Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9?

    Windows 8 has been with us for a couple of years now and its reception in the marketplace has been tepid at best. A lot of users found the interface changes in Windows 8 to be unpalatable. In fact, many users elected to keep the familiar environment provided by Windows 7 on their desktops, and …

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  • Help CertMag determine which cloud certs are the best!

    Salary Survey PLUS — Cloud Computing

    A favorite question among certification candidates is the one about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: How much money will I make after I finish this certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or …

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  • The right IT certification can be a career-changer/

    Hot tip: Certification observations from Chris Ward of CBT Nuggets

    We don’t all learn the same way, especially when it comes to certification. Some people are most at home sitting in a classroom and taking notes from an instructor. For others, a book and a set of do-it-yourself lab exercises may offer the best solution. For many, training videos are an essential tool. If you’re …

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  • Certification helped Steven Rich get a full-time job straight out of high school.

    High school grad trumps peers’ college training with certification

    This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. After applying for a full-time customer support position with a wireless internet service provider in Worcester, Mass., recent high school graduate Steven Rich (Tantasqua Regional High School, class of 2014) landed in the same hiring pool as a handful of candidates with college …

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  • CompTIA is preparing to recognize the 1 millionth person to be A+ certified.

    CompTIA has big plans for millionth A+ certified professional

    It doesn’t seem to happen all that much anymore, but once upon a time celebrations of this or that businesses’ milestone millionth customer occupied a somewhat iconic place in pop culture. Maybe we’re just not as impressed by the number 1,000,000 anymore. Besides which, hey, it’s a tough economy. When Banco Walmart opened its millionth account (after …

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  • The right mix of skills can get you to the head of the IT hiring line.

    Stand out from the IT crowd by refining these career skills

    This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. People often talk about how quickly things change. Look back even just a few years, and you’ll see how different things were then than they are now. Ask anyone under the age of 15 to make the sound of a phone’s busy signal. …

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