IT Career JumpStart:



December 5, 2008  4:32 PM

Need a guide to infosec certs? Check out this (our) survey!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CISA, CISSP, GISF, GSEC, GSLC, IT careers, IT certification, SCNP, Security, Security+, SSCP

One continuing bright spot in the IT specialization/employment world is information security. More and more companies and organizations are devoting personnel to this area, and more and more IT professionals are finding it worthwhile to obtain or demonstrate expertise in information security...

September 26, 2008  4:37 PM

The Other CompTIA Certifications

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CDIA+, Convergence+, CTT+, DHTI+, e-Biz+, IT careers, IT certification, Linux+, Network+, PDI+, Project+, RFID+, Security+, Server+

OK, so everybody knows about the Big Three certs from CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+. A+ and Network+ are more or less checkbox items for aspiring entry-level IT, help desk, and tech support workers. Security+ is fast becoming a stepping stone to other, more senior, well-recognized and...

September 22, 2008  4:14 PM

To CompTIA, or Not?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, Security+, Work background

Many of the questions I get from readers and IT professionals might best be summarized as "If I earn the following cert(s), will it help my career?" More than half the time, in fact, one or more of the specific IT certifications mentioned in the query comes from the Computing Technology Industry...

September 19, 2008  3:05 PM

Time for a sanity check: How am I doing? And yourself?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Windows, Security, Security+

This is my 18th entry for this continuing "IT Career JumpStart" blog. I'm about six weeks into the process, and both I and my masters at TechTarget are reasonably pleased with the way things are going so far. I've managed to get some discussion going on over half of my posts, and have fielded at...

September 17, 2008  3:15 PM

Security+: Third Time Lucky?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT certification, Security, Security+

At the end of August, CompTIA announced that its Security+ certification had passed a significant milestone, as the total count of credentials granted topped the 50,000 mark. Over the past six years since this certification made its initial...

September 15, 2008  3:03 PM

DoD Directive 8570 and the OMB Follow-up

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, CISA, CISSP, GISF, GSEC, GSLC, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, SCNA, SCNP, Security, Security+, SSCP

Back in 2005, the US Department of Defense aka DoD, issued Directive 8570 entitled "Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program." In a nutshell, this document states workforce responsibilites and requirements for...

August 13, 2008  3:00 PM

Why Entry-Level Certs Aren’t Enough to Get You a Job

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CISSP, IT careers, IT certification, MCP, SAP consulting certification, Security+, Work background

Pick a popular entry-level IT certification, I don't care which one: MCP (Microsoft single-exam credential, Microsoft Certified Professional), any major CompTIA cert (A+, Network+, Security+,...), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and so forth. For each of these items, and others I don't...


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