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October 30, 2009  3:21 PM

ISC-Squared Finally Begins Move Away from Pencil&Paper Testing

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CISSP, CSSLP, ISC-squared exams to switch to computer-based format, ISC-squared signs deal with Prometric VUE, SSCP

It's funny how information sometimes shows itself to those who care to look for it. Now with over 60,000 CISSPs certified world-wide, and with surely two or three times that many professionals across all of its half-dozen certifications, I've always found it interesting that the (ISC)2...

September 25, 2009  8:06 PM

The MS Cert Exam Beta Invite Process Explained

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS beta Certification exams, MS certification, MS Certification exams, obtaining a registration code for an MS beta Certification exam, securing an invitation to an MS beta Certification exam

Hooray! Liberty Munson of MS Learning has posted a peachy explanation of how the invitation process works for some of the many Microsoft certification exams that get introduced and updated all the time. Here's the banner for this latest posting on the Born To Learn blog, posted 9/25/09, and...

June 6, 2009  5:29 PM

ISC-squared Creates a Software Lifecycle Credential

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CISSP, CLSSP, Information Security, ISC-squared, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

Ask any security-savvy software developer how best to make code secure, and he or she will quickly tell you something like "To make code secure, you must design it to be secure, then test the heck out of it to make sure the implementation lives up to that design goal." And in fact, a growing body...

May 4, 2009  3:27 PM

Erik Eckel Opines on “10 Best IT Certifications”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCIE, CCNA, CISSP, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Network+, PMP, Secuirty+

In digging through some Microsoft PR materials recently, I came across mention of a Top 10 IT certification list that Erik Eckel put together for TechRepublic, later reprinted by big-time training company Global Knowledge. Though it's...

February 11, 2009  3:12 PM

Prepping for CISSP? Check out

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, CISSP, Clement Dupuis, continuing education, infosec certification, ISC-squared, IT certification

As I started working on one of our more successful books--it's now in a fourth edition, and continues to generate modest but steady earnings--I first stumbled across French-Canadian Clement Dupuis' outstanding Web site. For those prepping for the CISSP exam, this site is a real treasure...

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...

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