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CertMag at Five: Certifiably Strong
The CertMag Staff
This issue marks CertMag’s fifth anniversary, and we’re celebrating by taking a look at the ups and downs of the past five years.



Extending the Network: Remote-Access Tools
Ed Tittel
Remote-access tools are there to help users log onto the network while off-site and access the same resources available in the office. Here’s what you need to know to choose a superior solution.

Network Tools: Did You Forget Your Password?
Douglas Mechaber
In an increasingly insecure world, users need more complex, difficult-to-decipher passwords. The downside? They often forget those passwords. User-controlled password-reset software can help.

Security Tools: Detecting and Removing Spyware
Douglas Schweitzer
While Congress works to address the growing spyware problem, you still need to protect your systems. We’ve got the top tools to keep your information safe and private.

Tech Tools: Migrating to New Windows Systems
Emily Hollis
Every couple of years, you can count on Microsoft to release a new version of its perennially popular Windows software. Tricky migrations require tools to help smooth the transition.



Providing Crucial Network Services With Solaris 9 OS
Dr. Peter Parsons
Computer networks are the foundational cornerstones that help build and support business operations. The Solaris 9 OS can be used as the platform for many of these crucial network services.

How-To…Prioritize Executive E-Mail Through Exchange 2003
Harry Brelsford
When e-mail goes down, the bigwigs in the corner office take top priority. This month, we’ll show you how to create a setting in Exchange 2003 to keep the fat cats happy.
Security: Defense—Stopping Malicious Software
Uday O. Ali Pabrai
The Nimda worm infected more than 2.2 million servers and PCs within 24 hours. Ignorance may be bliss, but knowing the malicious software you’re up against is half the battle.



Raising the Bar With Performance Testing
Jim DiIanni
Traditional, multiple-choice exams have fallen short of truly measuring hands-on skills.

The Right Approach to Writing
Katherine Spencer Lee
You don’t need to be a Nobel-Prize-winning author to communicate effectively. This month, we’ll show you some tricks to getting your point across in writing.

Check Point: Certifying Entry-Level Expertise
Kenneth Finley
Check Point’s solutions are used to secure nine of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies. To get started down the security career path, check out Check Point’s Certified Security Administrator certification.

Certified Associate in Project Management: Enhanced Certification From PMI
Denny Smith, Ph.D.
Fundamental knowledge of project management is becoming a key differentiator for successful IT workers. The PMI’s new Certified Associate in Project Management can set you apart.



Future Look: Real-Time Individual Test Inspection
David Foster, Ph.D.

What Is the Immediate Value of Certification?
Martin Bean



Editor’s Letter
Tim Sosbe
Certification—Five Years Later


CertMag on the Web

CertMag’s Letters to the Editor

CloseUp: Certiport—A Tale of 2 Million Exams
Ed Tittel
For those just getting started in IT, Certiport offers certifications on Microsoft Office technology, as well as a core Internet and computing credential. Find out how Certiport’s programs are growing.

Project Management Success Factors: Organizational Support
Elizabeth and Richard Larson
Ensuring successful projects requires support throughout the organization. Embracing a formal project management process is the key to creating a culture of support.

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