• Take CertMag's annual Salary Survey! You know you want to.

    Dropping In with the annual Salary Survey

    We're on a mission to harvest salary and certification data. Success depends on YOU!

  • Proper cooling protects your PC from heat damage.

    Be Cool

    Don't get burned on your CompTIA A+ exam by not knowing how PCs beat the heat.

  • Can social media certifications play an important role in IT?

    What's Not to Like?

    Businesses should tread carefully when evaluating social media certifications.

  • Understanding the basics of Windows Registry can help you pass CompTIA's A+ exam.

    Get Your Hands In It

    Try these simple exercises to learn about working with Windows Registry.

  • Are you responsible to report potential certification cheating?

    I Thought I Saw a Cheat Sheet

    Do certification candidates have a responsibility to report suspected cheaters?

  • You can write your own ticket with the right network security certification.

    Weak Link

    Get the top certifications for networking experts ready to tackle red-hot security problems.

  • Before she learned to fix computers, Kendra Cole was fixing cars.

    CertStudent: Small town girl, big certification dreams

     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.

    The rural town of Vancleave sits in the heart of Jackson …

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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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  • CompTIA certs can help you get into the IT groove.

    CompTIA certs blaze career path for Defense Department contractor

    There are lots of ways to get a foot on the bottom rung of the career ladder in IT and start climbing. Education, whether in college or high school, is what leads a lot of young professionals to settle into an IT groove. Many IT lifers’ first exposure to computers and technology is from playing video …

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  • Are you ready for the new SQL Expert exam from Oracle?

    Oracle’s SQL Expert exam slated for facelift Sept. 15

    Of the more than 200 certifications offered by Oracle, their SQL Expert credential ranks in the Top 10 most popular according to a blog post by Oracle University. This is no surprise to me — knowledge of SQL is an extremely valuable skill and the SQL Expert designation is useful to both DBAs and developers. …

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  • Robots aren't quite ready to take over IT professions.

    Study finds networking, information security on leading edge of IT

    There is a fair-to-decent chance that most of us don’t still have the same job title that we did in 1999, whether that title was sales manager or burger flipper. Especially in the realm of IT — where advances in technology open up new areas of specialization with a regularity approaching that more typically attributed to the …

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  • Damn, these Microsoft certifications are the best!

    Microsoft Certified Professionals have mixed view of certification

    Here’s a non-IT tidbit that you probably didn’t know: The Carnation food brand originally famed for its evaporated milk from “contented cows,” was founded in 1899 in Washington state, in the same general vicinity where Microsoft now has its world headquarters. In a related vein, the most recent annual survey of Microsoft Certified Professionals revealed that many …

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  • Get fresh data about Cisco Certifications from CertMag's latest Salary Survey PLUS.

    Latest Salary Survey PLUS captures info about Cisco certifications

    Probably the foremost IT networking firm in the world, Cisco Systems, Inc., has been a leader in the IT landscape for decades. In addition to being a leading developer of networking products and technology, Cisco is also one of the premier entities in the realm of IT education and training — Cisco certifications are a bedrock layer in many …

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  • Digital badging offers one-click verification of certification credentials.

    Pearson brings digital badging to Adobe certification

    Certification verification has been a hot topic in the industry for a while now, and digital badging has gained a lot of traction as a potential solution to the ongoing problem of sorting our who really is a CCNA, or CISSP, or MCSA, etc. Employers want a simple means of verifying that job candidates actually hold …

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  • What does it take to navigate a career crossroads?

    Dear CertMag: Pondering programming after 25 years in a non-IT career

     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 just walked out the door at the end of 25-year career in the city transit system. I’ve always tried to keep up with technology …

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  • Iphone touch

    ISACA online conference to address mobile security issues

    The convenience and ubiquity of wirless internet access ensures that an ever-increasing number of people have a tablet, smartphone or other personal electronic device with them just about everywhere they go. And using those tools in the performance of everyday workplace tasks has become so common that we have an acronym for it: BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. …

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