Press Pass: Check your sources, a big switch at Cisco and more

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Welcome to the latest installment of Press Pass, where CertMag blows 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 thru straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

I digress: This first item is not directly certification-related, but both the internet and information found on the internet do have quite a bit to do with the IT certification world. And if it’s on the web, then it must be true, right? One of my favorite expressions of this perilous paradigm is from a newspaper humor column that imagined an official motto for the internet: 100 Percent True and Factual Since Being Invented by Al Gore. You’d think that everyone would know it by now, but reminders that you can’t believe everything you read online are never in short supply. Following the death of actor Paul Walker over the weekend, the Associated Press reported the reaction of colleague and co-star Vin Diesel (the two appeared in The Fast and the Furious and four of its sequels together), as cribbed from Diesel’s Instagram account: “Brother, I will miss you very much. Heaven has gained a new angel My brother and I, we aimed for the stars together. I feel honoured and blessed to of known such a wonderful guy. Rest in peace.”

A fine and admirable sentiment, right? Except that the Instagram account that supplied the quote does not actually belong to Diesel. Diesel’s actual tribute, posted to his verified Facebook page and corroborated by the actor’s publicist, reads: “Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now … and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us … on me … I will always love you Brian [the name of Walker’s Furious alter ego], as the brother you were … on and off screen.” News happens fast in 2013, and mistakes are probably inevitable. As plenty of people searching out certification information online have learned to their detriment, however, the data you actually need isn’t the only data you’ll find. If it looks like Vin Diesel, and it sounds like Vin Diesel, well, that still doesn’t necessarily mean that it is Vin Dieel.

Deck the halls with certification: Attention, holiday shoppers! As you plow through all of those last-minute gift-giving preparations, don’t forget to consider the IT pro on your list and what he or she might want to find under the tree. Just in the St. Nick of time for your those of you finalizing your holiday purchases, IT publisher Pearson has a few recommendations.

Bigger is better more vulnerable: A blog post at ISACA Now this week warns about the importance of protecting Big Data, or the large and complex collections of data sets that make it easy to process mountains of information. Information systems researcher Steven De Haes points out that a recent ISACA survey found that only 4 percent of IT professionals believe their employers are adequately prepared to protect the privacy of Big Data. As you’d expect, De Haes thinks that an incredibly risky number, particularly given the accelerating proliferation of Big Data across the IT industry and the global marketplace at large. He’s got some suggestions for enterprises hoping to improve their outlook. IT pros should take it as another indication that data and security certifications will continue to be in high demand.

Cover your papers: Remember when your first-grade teacher taught you about the importance of discouraging classmates from cheating by hunching over your desk and shielding your test paper with your body? The shoe’s apparently on the other foot in some certification instruction and exam centers. Over at Microsoft’s Born to Learn blog there’s an interesting Q&A about the importance of vetting your instructor and classroom environment during certification training. Instead of worrying about your classmates, essentially, you should be factoring in various considerations about the caliber and accuracy of the training that you’ll be getting.

It’s the end of CCIE as we know it: It’s out with the old, in with the new over at Cisco, where the company’s CCIE Routing and Switching cert has been given a major makeover. Cisco has overhauled the training, support and exam for CCIE R&S to better reflect the evolving role of network engineers. Part of the basis for retooling and relaunching the popular cert was input taken from enterprise customers around the globe. The new CCIE R&S exams will be available June 4.

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Fida Reeder


FIDA REEDER is a journalist and writer with experience in both print and web publications. E-mail her at fidareeder (at) gmail (dot) com.

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