• 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.

  • Cisco Systems certs are next up in our Salary Survey PLUS.

    Salary Survey PLUS — Cisco

    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 bonus. …

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  • SkillsUSA rewards students with top cert skills.

    Teens polish cert smarts by competing in SkillsUSA

    Whether it’s marching band, or debate squad, or cheerleading camp, or varsity athletics, kids in high school like to compete. Sure, it looks good on college applications, and parents and teachers like to encourage students to excel. For those who really catch the vision, however, for the ones who stay the course and take daylong …

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  • Jason Pucilowski built himself a computer from scratch.

    CertStudent: Parts in a box for Christmas

     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 ? Let us know at editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    This week’s student was first featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Certification …

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  • Women are often in the minority in IT workplaces.

    Dear CertMag: I don’t encounter many other women in IT

     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: My love affair with computers and technology goes all the way back to middle school. I work in data storage and I’ve had a handful …

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  • Saluting adult learners and other certification news of the week.

    Press Pass: Saluting adult learners and other certification news

    Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag reports new and recent certification news by blowing through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

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  • Get your resume to the top of the heap with one of these infosec certs.

    Seven security certifications to set your sights on

    The IT job market is starting to heat up and security professionals are one of the career fields in high demand. The recent rash of high profile security breaches is causing executives and company boards to demand an increased focus on cybersecurity practices and IT shops are struggling to keep up. Earning a security credential …

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  • I have a solid foundation in the basics of IT networking. What's next?

    Dear CertMag: I want to advance my IT networking 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: After graduating college, I started on handling IT services at the city offices in my hometown. I like network management and I have a couple …

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  • IT security pros need to know the basics of incident response.

    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Incident Response

    The term incident has special meanings in different industries. In the banking and financial areas, it’s very specific and involves something that includes the loss of money. You wouldn’t want to call a hacker attempt an incident if you were involved in a bank network because this terminology would automatically trigger an entirely different type …

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  • Ask right questions SQUARE CROP

    Press Pass: Ask the right questions and other certification news

    Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag reports new and recent certification news by blowing through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

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  • Take these steps to keep your data secure.

    How to avoid the five most common causes of data breaches

    Organizations around the country lost over 250 million records in data breaches during 2013 alone. This startling statistic, compiled by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, corresponds to more than one record for every adult American. Those records include credit card numbers, health information, employment data and other sensitive information that may lead to identity theft for …

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