• What does it take to be layoff proof in the IT world?

    Are You Layoff-Proof?

    No tech job is immune to layoffs, but you can protect yourself.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Are IT employees compensated fairly in the United States?

    Dear CertMag: Why don’t U.S. firms pay IT pros what they’re worth?

     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 keep reading about the shortage of tech workers, but what I actually see is a shortage of cheap tech workers. American companies don’t want …

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  • Certification can help you get into a career in network administration.

    Job Profile: So you want to be a network administrator

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

    The ready availability of computers, the internet and computer networks has revolutionized the way we conduct business and communicate with one another. According to The Radicati Group’s Email Statistics Report, 2013-2017, released in April 2013, there were more than 3.9 billion email accounts worldwide …

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  • Performance-based tests can be more accurate than multiple-choice exams.

    Performance Testing Council pursues mandate to improve exams

    There’s a running debate in certification circles as to whether it’s more effective to test certification candidates using traditional multiple-choice exams or performance-based tests that simulate (or duplicate) real world IT conundrums. Multiple choice tests are convenient, inexpensive and straightforward. Many have argued, however, that such tests 

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  • East coast Interop tech conference kicks off in New York City Sept. 29.

    IT community gathers for Interop conference and expo in NYC

    Maybe something like this has happened where you work:  A couple of times a year, one of the IT guys, or possibly a coworker who’s particularly jazzed about technology, phones in sick for several days, or perhaps mentions something about heading out of the office for a brief career development sabbatical. There are too many possible destinations to …

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  • The Internet of Things is changing the face of IT. What does that mean for your tech career?

    The Internet of Things wants to connect you to the future

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

    The term Internet of Things, or IoT, was coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton. Ashton, a British technologist who co-founded the RFID-pioneering (radio frequency identification) Auto-ID Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), used the term to envision a world where the internet would …

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  • 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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