Press Pass: The insufficent IT talent pool, risky apps and more

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.

Diving prohibited: It’s a pretty familiar drumbeat in the IT industry: What are we doing today to train the technology workers of tomorrow? CEOs and hiring managers are understandably worried, since demand for tech skills is soaring, while the pool of available talent has shrunk so far that (metaphorically speaking) you can barely wade in up to your ankles. CompTIA is the latest industry group to raise the alarm about the dwindling ranks of available, hireable IT-savvy professionals. CompTIA reports that a new survey released by the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) finds that, while significant percentages of IT execs are looking to hire, those same execs say that the supply of good people to take new jobs is shrinking. If you’re looking for work, it’s a good time to be certified.

No Spain, no gain: Certification is an international endeavor, and many of those much-needed IT professionals we just finished discussing could well come from countries where certain certifications are just gaining a foothold. That gives a little extra weight to the announcement by the Linux Professional Institute that it is seeking to establish opportunities for Linux training and certification at educational facilities in Spain. LPI Spain is working with Proyecto Universidad Empresa (PUE) to find affiliates who can help speed the growth of Linux education and certificaiton.

Accept no substitutes: The philosopher and statesman Cat Stevens once observed that, “Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wired world.” (At least I’m pretty sure that’s what he said.) And while the march of wireless technology is cutting some cords, so to speak, much of IT connectivity still relies on various filaments to tie us all together. Last week, the telecom trade group Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) teamed with Communications Cable & Connectivity Association (CCCA) to issue a warning about the use of substandard cabling. Apparently the cable market has been swarmed with inadequate or noncompliant products, in recent years, and the two groups hope to spearhead a global effort to clamp down on cabling counterfeiters.

Get your headgear in the game: If Indiana Jones were alive today, then he would surely use a computer to enter grades, or Google search for information about the Altar of Victory, or maybe the Spear of Destiny. It’s tough to say what brand of computer he would use, but I think there’s a clear favorite among potential operationg systems: Indy would be a Fedora user. Fedora, the Linux-based OS sponsored by Red Hat — see what they did there? — crossed a milestone this month with its newest build, Fedora 20, now available in beta. The Fedora Project, which releases a Fedora upgrade every six months, has now been carrying out its mission for 10 years. (Come on, Windows, you’re only up to 8.1? Let’s pick up the pace.)

Eyes on the prize: Everybody stock up on Wheaties. The Winter Olympic Games are just around the corner, but the certification industry needs the Breakfast of Champions to fuel a more important competition. On Nov. 7, Certiport anounced the kickoff of the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. Think you’ve got Microsoft Office mad skillz? The MOSWC, open to students ages13 to 22, will be the judge of that. The championship round is set to be held July 27-30 in Anaheim, California, so the big winners won’t even need to tell adoring media members that they’re going to Disneyland — they’ll already be there.

Security first: There’s an app for just about everything, these days, and developers are building new apps every day. Application security testing, or AppSec, is a critical part of the app creation process, and also one that many developers and companies could stand to overhaul. That’s the argument put forth in a new posting at security association EC-Council’s news blog. Even apps that have been through AppSec due diligence may not be as secure as developers — and, consequently, users — think they are. The EC-Council piece discusses a series of potential AppSec security gaps.

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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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