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  1. Beyond Certifications

    A credential alone doesn't guarantee real-world job skills, but it increases the odds that the person is competent. Look for a well-rounded technician with a deep Rolodex of contacts in the tech world; knowledge of multiple systems and brands can be better than a deep understanding of Windows alone. In addition, certifications don't reflect hidden abilities, such as chops in social media. IT skills are lurking outside the lab and server room, within administrative, finance, and human-resources departments. Taking that into account, IT workers have grown from 2 percent of the workforce 17 years ago to 15 percent today, according to Foote Partners. As more companies try to do more with smaller budgets, the research firm finds, they turn to cloud computing and other technologies that reduce the need for IT staff. As a result, the market for IT professionals now emphasizes hybrid skills. Not only must they understand the equipment, but they must solve business problems creatively. Don't take someone's experience, training, and certification at face value. Ask what they had to do to get a certification. Hands-on lab work in addition to an exam is a good sign. When reviewing a person's education, whether it culminated in a liberal arts degree, a diploma from a community college, or a certificate from a trade school, ask about the curriculum. If you're unsure about credentials, read between the lines. Lay out a real-life IT problem that you recently encountered, and ask how the candidate would solve it. If the task is too daunting, you can hire a consultant to interview IT job candidates. "The classic mistake most people make is they're looking for somebody to solve the crisis du jour," says Michael Schrage, a research associate with the MIT Sloan Center for Digital Business. "You're looking to manage a relationship over time. The best time to do this is when you're not having problems."
  2. As you know, becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) involves earning the appropriate credential from the EC-Council after a few years of security-related IT experience. The certification will help you understand security from the mindset of a hacker. You'll learn the common types of exploits, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures. Qualification for a CEH (a vendor-neutral certification) involves mastering penetration testing, footprinting and reconnaissance, and social engineering. The course of study covers creating Trojan horses, backdoors, viruses, and worms. It also covers denial of service (DoS) attacks, SQL injection, buffer overflow, session hijacking, and system hacking. You'll discover how to hijack Web servers and Web applications. You'll also find out how to scan and sniff networks, crack wireless encryption, and evade IDSs, firewalls, and honeypots. Through approved EC-Council training partners, you can take a live, five-day onsite or online training course to prepare for the CEH cert. You can generally take live online classes over five consecutive days; onsite courses typically offer the content spread over a couple weeks for locals. In addition, you can take self-paced courses and work with self-study materials (including the CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Study Guide book) with or without the training courses. The EC-Council also offers iLabs, a subscription based-service that allows you to log on to virtualized remote machines to perform exercises. The EC-Council usually requires that you have at least two years of information-security-related work experience (endorsed by your employer) in addition to passing the exam before it will award you the official CEH certification.
  3. Cisco Systems has added a new acceptance in acreage abutment for their products. This acceptance is to be a Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) to accomplish on website accession on aliment of the articles that they offer. There are three advance that you can accept from if traveling for this certification: Routing & Switching, Data Center, and TelePresence, and there is a abstracted assay (priced at $125) for anniversary clue which you accept to canyon to accretion the certification. Apparently, you accept to accept the Routing & Switching acceptance afore you can administer for either of the others, which agency that if you wish either of the added two, you will accept to bandy down at atomic $250. This acceptance lasts for a absolute of 3 years and to get re-certified, you accept to canyon one assay from the account accustomed here. On Indeed.com, there are a ample amount of jobs accessible for those with Cisco Certifications, so if you are in this field, it ability be a acceptable bet. Good luck!
  4. Ever back they came into being, there accept been abounding battles over the affair of whether it certifications are annual it or not. All of us in the acreage accept apparent that pages and pages of job listings allurement for all kinds of certifications with asinine acronyms. Sometimes it seems about absurd to acquisition one that doesn’t crave some affectionate of certification, which could accomplish abounding humans catechism why they went to academy in the aboriginal abode if these little certificates are all they needed. While this may assume like a pain, things will a lot of acceptable break this way for the accountable future, so it ability be a acceptable abstraction to jump on the appearance now. According to some, it is not alone a acceptable abstraction to go advanced and get the acceptance you wish for new jobs, but they are aswell arch to promotions and raises. In fact, a analysis featured in a networkworld.com commodity asked 700 neetworking professionals whether a acceptance led to a raise, a promotion, a new job, or something else. 60.5% of professionals said their certifications got them a new job, 56.0% said that they got raise, 28.8% said that they got a advance aural their accepted company, and 10.8% said that they got some added blazon of accolade for their certifications. However, there is a bolt to all of these numbers, because they don’t yield into annual professionals that don’t accept any certifications, and aswell doesn’t accomplish an accomplishment to annual for the actuality that not all certifications are equal. Some certifications accept been acutely apparent to be added benign than others, such as the Cisco ancestors of certifications and some Microsoft ones. Although these are actual accessible fro some people, they may not be appropriate for everybody, as there are abounding it professionals out there in the apple who are acutely acknowledged after certifications. What that absolutely agency is that success in this area (usually) is agnate to the accomplishment that you put into it. Some humans put in the accomplishment in the classroom, and others just plan harder than anybody else, but either way the are just accomplishing more.
  5. If you are the blazon of I.T. Professional that builds their resume about certifications, you should consistently be acquainted of new ones on the market. These three new certifications centermost about the actuality that HP has fabricated so abounding advances in their CloudSystem belvedere recently. Of the three of them, alone one of them is in fact accessible at the time, but the added two will be accessible in early/mid 2012. Here is a account of the certifications, anniversary with a abbreviate description of that they will in fact do for you: HP ASE Billow Artist – This is the one of the three that you can go advanced and get now, and is apparently the a lot of important of the three. According to HP, this acceptance “verifies that the alone has the adeptness to specify and artist a spectrum of billow services.” Individuals will accept a all-inclusive alive adeptness of HP CloudSystem and be able to specify the specific needs of their customers. This adeptness will awning an arrangement of ecology situations including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS. And Private/Public/Hybrid billow environments. HP ASE Billow Integrator – This acceptance is added about in fact getting able to set up these casework for the customers. It implies to adeptness to “build, install and accommodate a clandestine or amalgam billow band-aid based on HP Billow Service Automation for Matrix and accessories software.” Basically they will be able to go through the absolute accession action themselves after abundant grief. HP Master ASE Billow Integrator – This one is agnate to the added certification, but it is for Master ASE’s. It shows that the alone will be able to “build, install and accommodate a able-bodied billow band-aid congenital on an HP Converged Infrastructure foundation and the abounding HP Billow Service Automation software solution.” If you are gonna accomplish a active off of HP billow articles for a while, this, forth with the others, would be a absurd investment.
  6. In response to public backlash against the changes it had made in its certification landscape, Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing a 180. The company is phasing out the new MCITP and MTCS certification programs and returning to its legacy MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD titles. By billing the new certification program as cloud-centric, the tech giant hopes to modernize its certification program and capitalize on its highly popular and profitable legacy titles. In 2008, Microsoft shelved its longstanding and popular MCSE and MCSA certifications in favor of a complicated program with entirely new titles and certification tracks. The new program received a lukewarm reception from the tech community for a number of reasons. Initially, the new certifications were set to expire, instead of providing the certified-for-life status of legacy Microsoft certifications. Although certifications from other major vendors, including Cisco, also expire and require periodic recertification, the old Microsoft certifications did not have any recertification requirements or expiration windows, and this factor played a role in the certifications’ popularity. When people earned the MSCE title, they were granted that title for life. The exams required for earning titles changed over time, but the original titles did not. IT professionals could therefore earn the MCSE title on technology as old as Windows NT 4.0 yet still possess a relevant-sounding Microsoft title. Adding expiration dates seemed like a fair and practical solution to this problem, but Microsoft received significant backlash for it. In response, Microsoft dumped the expiration idea and announced that the MCITP and MCTS certifications would be perpetual, like the legacy certifications. However, this move was not enough to inspire widespread acceptance of the new program. Microsoft claimed that the new titles and certification tracks would help IT professionals showcase their unique skills and open new doors of opportunity. Instead, the new titles created confusion among technical and non-technical hiring managers alike. The program was criticized for being overly complex and difficult to understand. Even those seeking certification were often confused by the different titles and complex certification paths. The MCITP and MCTS specialties and exam paths were difficult to decipher, and many IT professionals found it difficult to explain to hiring managers exactly what their new Microsoft titles meant. These complaints seemed to fall upon deaf ears at Microsoft until the recent announcement. This past April, the company announced its return to the legacy MCSE / MCSA title format. As of summer 2012, new exams will no longer be released for the MCITP / MCTS program. Instead, certifications based on Microsoft’s newest round of technology products will be part of the new MCSE / MCSA certification path.
  7. Most definitely. Although certification can't completely replace experience, it can effectively serve as a bridge to a new specialty. Suppose you are an experienced intranet or Internet developer and want to get into systems security consulting. Although it might be possible for you to talk your way into a first, entry level security-related position, it would be difficult at best. But if you first complete one of the applicable certification programs, suddenly you will have something exactly on target to add to your resume. Not only that, but there are several programs to choose from, depending on the depth of knowledge you seek and the time and money you are willing to invest. For example, you could enroll in Learning Tree Internationals System Security Certified Professional program, which promises that by the time you graduate you will able to design and implement an organizations security strategy, expound upon threats from Internet hackers, secure an operating system, implement firewalls, and perform other security tasks. You will have to complete five courses (averaging four days each) and their related exams. Most of the courses are hands-on, so you won't just read about configuring a firewall, you will do it. Other possibilities include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) program overseen by the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC2), the USWeb Certified Internet Security Specialist certification from USWeb, or several designations sponsored by Check Point Software.
  8. A+ Certification---- jump-start your career

    What sort of job does A+ certification qualify you to do? CompTIA views the certification as a credential for technicians with six months of experience. Individuals with A+ certification may find jobs installing, repairing and configuring PCs, or working in technical support positions. "It's really for new entrants into the IT world," Andrea Estevez, vice president of products and programs for New Horizons, says of A+ certification. "The folks who are taking these courses are people who are relatively new to IT. Nick Henderson, for instance, was a truck driver when he decided to take the leap into the world of computers. "I could no longer do anything without being surrounded by computers," he says. "I knew I had to deal with it. Henderson, 45, returned to school for his GED, quit his job driving 18-wheelers, and took courses with New Horizons. "I didn't know hardware from software," he says. Eventually, he earned his A+ certification, which he views as a starting point into the world of IT jobs. He later earned Network+ certification, another CompTIA-sponsored credential, and landed an $18-per-hour job as a field technician for VoiceStream Wireless in Wichita, Kansas. He is looking to continue his IT education by studying other areas, such as the Unix operating system and Cisco technologies. "There's no limit to what you can do in this field," Henderson says. "You set the pace. No one would argue with that. But A+ isn't for everyone. Mike Sweeny, managing director/project staffing for TWC, a strategic staffing consulting firm in Audubon, Pennsylvania, points out the expense of many training programs leading to certification. Should A+ be viewed as the only route to an IT career? It should not, though some people may think it is. "They're misled by all the advertising that these schools do," he says. "It's light years away from getting a computer science degree. In other words, consider your options and your expectations. Are you looking to enter the field as a service technician, and then move up? Or do you want to jump-start your career at a more advanced level, or in another area of IT, possibly by learning Java, networking or some other arena? The choice is yours.
  9. The majority of IT professionals do not specialize in a computer security career path, but security is undoubtedly an essential aspect of all computer-related careers today. Every business has some type of computer system, and the increasing presence of Wi-Fi and internet access make external threats to business data and operating systems a part of everyday life. Security+ is a vendor-neutral certification that is applicable to any computer system, from any vendor, on any network platform. The Computing Technology Industry Association, better known as CompTIA, was originally organized in 1982 under the name Association of Better Computer Dealers, Inc. It is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of examination and certification services to the IT industry. Security+ is one of these certifications. The association was involved in some controversy in 2011 when certification standards were updated. The Security+ certification, along with several others, had always been valid for the lifetime of the holder. Beginning in 2011, however, CompTIA changed the certification terms to expire every three years with no provision to grandfather in current certification holders. Recertification was required of everyone, every three years, through either a paid CEU system or through retesting with an additional fee. Computer security changes so rapidly that, from an industry viewpoint, the changes were required to ensure that certified people really were on top of current threats. Certification holders objected strenuously, and a compromise was reached within a month. Existing certification holders were exempted from retesting requirements, but continuing education requirements were made mandatory.
  10. In a world of heavy competition in the job market and in our current economic state, it is more imperative than ever to have an edge over other applicants when searching for jobs or changing careers. From office managers to heath care professionals there are professional certificate programs and certifications that can be earned by attending approved training classes that are geared towards giving practical and hands-on skills that should carry on into the workplace. This type of training and certification provides employers a sense of confidence knowing that the certified individual can quickly learn their job function and carry it out with minimal supervision. This is certainly the case with many technical jobs especially in IT. When it comes to your career in the IT field, whether you have years of experience or you are just starting out, there is tremendous strength and growth potential when you obtain the latest certifications in the area(s) you choose to become an expert at. Let’s face it, how many people do you know that have degrees in Information Systems that are still unable to gain employment? This is largely due to the lack of hands-on and practical training that the degree programs offer and many employers are aware of this. The bottom line is there are many possibilities one can have when achieving IT certifications which indeed makes them more important than ever to have. Whether you are starting out or are already in the IT field, certifications can help you reach your potential.
  11. Why is Microsoft bringing back the MCSE? Does it have something to do with the confusion it started in 2008, or has the company come to its senses and realized the significance of the branding? It’s hard to answer those questions, but at least the company decided that the MCSE and MCSA make more sense. However, before most people in IT celebrate the MCSE’s return, there’s something different about the new certifications: The acronyms don’t necessarily mean the same thing anymore. That’s right; the new MCSE stands for Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, and the MCSA is short for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. Is anyone confused yet? In the end, perhaps Microsoft changed the meaning of the original MCSE because to be an “engineer,” you need a degree. A Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert only needs to pass a few (very tough) exams to receive a certificate to place on the wall. In addition to its change in meaning, the new MCSE is reinvented for the cloud. Whether the new MCSE can live up to its old status remains unknown, but at least IT pros across the world can place the certificate on their office walls once again. Thanks!
  12. A+ Certification---- jump-start your career

    What do you learn in an A+ certification program? A+ certification programs typically focus on the skills required for entry-level PC technicians. Students learn about installing, configuring, upgrading and repairing PCs. At New Horizons, the IT training company, a five-day or 10-day course includes instruction in computer architecture, memory, modems, printers, hard disk setup and operating system optimization. Is a course required to receive A+ certification? No. The A+ exam is available from Prometric and Pearson VUE. The certification exam actually consists of two tests -- one focusing on core hardware technologies, the other on operating systems. For people who already have experience with PC troubleshooting, or have a lot of self-motivation, self-study with a book about A+, such as the A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Michael Meyers, may be the route to passing the exam.
  13. In response to public backlash against the changes it had made in its certification landscape, Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing a 180. The company is phasing out the new MCITP and MTCS certification programs and returning to its legacy MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD titles. By billing the new certification program as cloud-centric, the tech giant hopes to modernize its certification program and capitalize on its highly popular and profitable legacy titles. While the names have reverted to legacy abbreviations, the certification paths have changed yet again, leaving some IT professionals hesitant to pursue the new certifications. As a result, Microsoft is actively trying to sweeten the deal for certified professionals. First, existing MCITP title holders will be granted the new MCSA title. The new certification title will show up automatically on the MCP transcript and require no input from the certification holder. It’s interesting to note that with the previous certification track, MCITP was held to be equal to the legacy MCSE certification. Yet with the new certification track, Microsoft is transferring current MCITP holders to a lower-level certification instead of to the new MCSE certification. Microsoft has not yet released information about how current MCITP holders can upgrade to the new MCSE title. Second, in an effort to entice people to get certified before the entire new MCSE program is available, Microsoft is offering a two-for-one exam promotion for a variety of MCITP and MCTS exams. With this promotion, test takers who pass certain certification exams will receive a voucher to take a new Microsoft exam for free after the new round of exams is released. For example, a candidate who passes the current 70-647 exam will receive a voucher to take a Windows Server 2012 exam for free.
  14. In response to public backlash against the changes it had made in its certification landscape, Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing a 180. The company is phasing out the new MCITP and MTCS certification programs and returning to its legacy MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD titles. By billing the new certification program as cloud-centric, the tech giant hopes to modernize its certification program and capitalize on its highly popular and profitable legacy titles. There’s no doubt that “cloud” is a hot tech buzzword, and Microsoft is jumping on the bandwagon with its new certifications. Microsoft is billing the new program as “cloud-based,” with the traditional server certifications labeled as “private cloud” technology. The current marketing campaign claims that the new certifications will enable IT professionals to take their companies “to the Cloud.” Microsoft believes that the new names will help individuals clarify and showcase their knowledge sets and increase employment and advancement opportunities.
  15. Just because you've taken a course to prepare for the Security+ or MCSE certification exams doesn't mean you're ready for them. How do you know if you're prepared? The quickest route to self-assessment is self-testing. While you might not savor the idea of volunteering to take a test -- or several -- think of it this way: You're better off uncovering your weaknesses through a practice exam than after spending the time and money taking the real thing. You can use self-testing in several different ways: Assess Your Skills If you're uncertain of your skills in a particular area, practice exams provide a reality check. This is particularly handy when you're looking to increase your knowledge in an IT specialty and want to know where you stand, or if you've been away from a specific technology for a while and want to get a sense of your current knowledge.
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