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Certification Magazine — Oct. 28, 2013

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.

A (job-)hunting we will go: There are lots of reasons to pursue certification, but many IT professionals are looking for a better first entry in the “employment history” section of their resumes. A better job, a better salary, better benefits, or, better yet, all of those things in one. Earlier this month, employment networking colossus LinkedIn announced its annual ranking of the 100 Most In-Demand Employers.

LinkedIn reports that it analyezed “25 billion data points” to arrive at its rankings, and a lot of those datapoints would appear to indicate that IT companies are, for those who want to have it all, a highly favored place to look for work. Google (1), Apple (2), Microsoft (5) and Facebook (6) made the top 10, but plenty of other IT firms are on the list, including Accenture (24), Salesforce (25), VMware (38), Oracle (39), Adobe (53), HP (55), Cisco (60), Red Hat (84) and IBM (90). Don’t put down that study guide quite yet. Certification could be the edge that gets you a job at a place where everyone wants to work.

Facebook re-likes inflammatory content: There’s a prophetic scene in The Social Network, the David Fincher (director) and Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter) Facebook movie, where Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker warns Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin not to be too quick to put a box around their creation. “You don’t even know what this thing is yet. How big it can get, how far it can go,” Parker says. In October 2013, Facebook is in the news for walking back a previous decision to disallow posting of certain inflammatory violent content like videos of decaptiation, killings, or torture.70-262

Say what? It sounds absurd that such content would have been allowed in the first place, let alone banned and then re-allowed, but dissident groups, such as protestors in the Arab Spring riots of 2011 (and beyond), now commonly use Facebook to communicate, and occasionally post shocking content as a means of attracting notice of atrocities and injustices. What was that again, Sean Parker? “You don’t even know what this thing is yet. How big it can get. How far it can go.” Apparently that’s still being figured out.

Keep manning the perimeter: Cybersecurity Awareness Month is winding down, but cybervigilance is a 24/7/365 proposition. Even if you think you’ve taken every precaution to keep your data secure, you can’t simply relax and pour yourself a nightcap. IT security expert Stepahnie Fohn issued a warning in a guest editorial at SC Magazine earlier this month, reminding readers that cybersecurity is more than a trend. It’s a good reminder to certification seekers, too, that IT certification is a hot proposition, and predicted to remain that way for many years to come. The supply of IT security experts is rapidly falling behind the demand, so every security certification you add to your resume makes you an increasingly attractive commodity.

An ounce of prevention: While we’re on the topic of IT security, the British Computer Society wants to save you the cost of a pound of cure. The U.K. tech group is hosting a one-day cybersecurity seminar next month in London to discuss the importance of preventive security measures. Instead of mopping up in the aftermath of a serious IT breach, corporations and individuals can prevent serious security headaches by stopping the problem before it starts.70-247

TESTING, TESTING — Exam opportunities

  • Beta testing period (cheap exams!) about to expire for Oracle’s Database 12c: Installation and Administration exam  MORE DETAILS 
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  • Linux Professional Institute offers exam labs at SUSECon  MORE DETAILS 

OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE — New and retiring certs

  • Symantec releases new data loss prevention cert  MORE DETAILS 


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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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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