Monday, December 03, 2012

IT hiring was part of net gain in jobs in October

  • IT hiring was part of net gain in jobs in October
    A Bureau of Labor Statistics report says a net total of 171,000 jobs were created in the U.S. in October, and more workers were added in August and September than initially estimated. Computer- and electronic-device-makers added 2,200 jobs in October; 2,300 were added in the semiconductor industry.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Support to U.K. businesses affected by cyberattack

  • Coalition will offer support to U.K. businesses affected by cyberattack
    U.K. businesses that fall victim to a cyberattack can look forward to additional support from a special response team. The "Cyber Incident Response" program, supported by the Government Communications Headquarters and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, would offer support from four companies -- BAE Systems Detica, Mandiant, Cassidian and Context IS -- in the event of an incident.

CDIA+ and PDI+ Certifications

Research Confirms Value of Printing, Document Imaging Certification

Technicians with expertise in printing and document imaging are needed given the sheer number of printers, copiers and multi-functional devices and recent surge in shipment growth. For the first time in more than a decade, the worldwide hardcopy peripherals market experienced double-digit growth. According to IDC, the total market grew 20 percent year-over-year to 29 million units in the second quarter of 2010 while shipment value increased 14 percent year-over-year to $13.3 billion.
Moreover, the demand for managed print services is also on the rise. As found by CompTIA in the 2ndAnnual SMB Technology Adoption Trends study, 21 percent of SMBs use vendor managed print services and 17 percent plan to start using these services over the year – significant increases over 2009, 11 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
As with all technologies, people with the appropriate skills are desired to support these printing and document imaging devices, especially given their increasing complexity and connectivity to networks. To establish or prove knowledge and capability in a field, many professionals turn to certification.
Employers recognize the importance of certification in helping to ensure the credibility and quality of IT employees, and the printing/document imaging field is no exception. An increasing number of manufacturers in this market mandate the certification of technicians, either as a prerequisite for hiring or as a requirement for employees. Manufacturers such as Brother, Cannon, HP, Lexmark, Panasonic, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA PDI+ certification for their technicians, sub-contractors and authorized service providers.
PDI+ certified individuals were surveyed on the benefits they have attained as a result of becoming certified. According to the CompTIA study, Printing and Document Imaging (PDI+) Certification and Training Insights, PDI+ certification has resulted in a range of benefits for technicians and their organizations, including more efficient troubleshooting, more insightful problem solving, better understanding of new technologies and advanced product training, and higher customer satisfaction.
From an employer’s standpoint, PDI+ certification saves organizations valuable time and resources in evaluating potential IT job candidates by providing a baseline set of knowledge for IT positions (74 percent). For more than half (58 percent), holding PDI+ ensures the credibility of IT employees. Fifty-five percent also believe that PDI+ certification enables IT staff to learn at a more efficient pace once starting a job. Furthermore, nearly three-quarters indicate their organizations are able to gain business by promoting to customers/prospects that technicians are certified.
For individuals, PDI+ certification has also contributed to career advancement. A number of professionals say that obtaining PDI+ was valuable for promotions/career opportunities (49 percent), getting a foot in the door for interviews (48 percent), receiving higher pay (41 percent), and changing fields or industries (for those who are not currently working in the printer/document imaging field — 38 percent). Overall, a great majority (81 percent) are likely to recommend the certification to colleagues.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Most companies say that human error among IT staff is a security concern

Nov. 7, 2012

71% of companies say that human error among IT staff is a security concern.
Source: 10th Annual Security Trends

Nov. 6, 2012

83% of companies say that human error among end-users is a security concern.
Source: 10th Annual Security Trends

Nov. 5, 2012

80% of businesses say that information security will be a higher priority over the next two years than it is now.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CPU shipments were off by 9%

  • CPU shipments were off by 9% in Q3, report says
  • Shipments of x86 microprocessors declined by about 9% in the third quarter compared with a year ago, Mercury Research says. Intel expanded its market share to 83.3% in the quarter, while Advanced Micro Devices share fell to 16.1%. The economy and reduced demand for PCs hurt the processor market in Q3, Mercury Research said.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cisco Networks Cloud Connectors Bandwidth Fixes

In the early days of workplace internet usage, employers paid more attention to computer usage policy abuses. Internet radio was a no-no because it slowed the network down. As bandwidth and server space increased, businesses loosened restrictions and, in the time that has lapsed since, workers have grown lax in moderating non-work-related internet use during work hours. Clients say they keep adding servers and still don’t have enough [bandwidth] and people leave Pandora open and don’t even think about it.
But the Cloud has brought new complications. Workers expect to access work servers via smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, requiring fast access. With so many sites embedding audio and video, internet streaming has reached epic proportions, prompting businesses to ask, should we block certain sites?
Cisco Networks is working hard to address these issues, with its Cloud Connectors. Bandwidth variations can affect a server’s performance drastically, according to Cisco, prompting the company to come up with solutions that can make a user’s experience more consistent across all platforms.
Still, small businesses should strive to limit waste, blocking sites like Netflix and Pandora. Online streaming certainly has its use, especially for businesses that use social media sites and YouTube for marketing. For small businesses relying on Cloud-based servers, here are a few tips for freeing up bandwidth in the workplace:
  • Check your equipment. If you haven’t updated things since you moved operations to the Cloud, it might be time for an overhaul. Either way, technology changes every couple of years and by upgrading routers, cabling, and even your desktops and laptops, you can see a significant increase in productivity.
  • Create a computer usage policy. Every employee on your network should be required to sign a computer usage policy. This policy reinforces that equipment is to be used only for work-related purposes, including when that employee is on breaks and at lunch. Addressing streaming radio and video specifically in the agreement may cut down on bandwidth usage due to these behaviors.
  • Block access. This can be done on the server level, by an expert who knows how to implement it, or using third-party software on a server, like EdgeWave Remote Web Filtering. Check with your server provider and make sure this capability isn’t available as part of your current plan.
While small businesses may feel this crunch later than mid-size and large businesses, it is never too early to start freeing up bandwidth. Slow bandwidth can reduce productivity, slowing down operations and affecting your business’s bottom line.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Preparing Your Network for the Cloud

Preparing Your Network for the Cloud

It's no secret that cloud services can benefit small- and medium-sized businesses across all industries. A 2011 Forrester Research survey found that 40% of small businesses said using cloud service offerings was a "very high" or "high priority" for their business. In fact, it's projected that 50% of all workloads will be processed in the cloud by 2014*.
Many companies are also realizing that while cloud computing and cloud software products tend to save time and money, using them places increased demands on network resources. When it comes to evaluating this software investment decision, many factors should be considered. Particularly the additional bandwidth needed to operate cloud-based applications. 

Part 1 in a Series

Friday, October 26, 2012

Why You Might Be A Terrible Facebook Friend

I’m sure that if you were asked to list the top 9 things that people do on Facebook that really grind your gears, you’d list 15. But thanks to a survey commissioned by Australian company Amaysim, we have a nice, clean roundup of the top actions that are likely to lead to an unfriending.
  1. Using Facebook as your diary. 42% said that this was the most annoying thing that could be done on the social network. Before you post some trivial about your day-to-day life, remember to take the number of people you think care about your activities and divide by two.
  2. Food photography. 40% of those surveyed hate it when you incessantly post pictures of your meals, no matter how exquisite you think they are. There’s a place filled with food photos where you’ll never be called annoying for being filled with culinary enthusiasm, and it’s called Instagram.
  3. Copious check-ins. Suzy was here. Suzy was here with Sally. Suzy was here with Sally and 4 other. Stop. I haven’t left my couch all day and you’re making me feel like a slob. 38% found this annoying.
  4. Relationship posts. 29% of those surveyed don’t want to hear about your boyfriend, girlfriend, or crush. Also, your husband, wife, or domestic partner either. Let’s add friend with benefit to that list as well.
  5. Game invites. This is a no-brainer. 26% of respondents hate you when you request that they they join you in a rousing game of CityVille, and we’re surprised it’s only 26%.
  6. Inspirational Quotes. So, Marilyn Monroe said that you need to be a girl with sass? Albert Einstein said that Obama is a socialist? 25% of your Facebook friends are rolling their eyes.
  7. Vaguebooking. Say what you mean. Passive aggressive updates drew the ire of 24%.
  8. Baby photos. According to 21% of those surveyed, your baby is only cute to you.
  9. Posting terrible photos of your friends. I know it makes you look better by comparison to be standing next to your derpy friend, but cut it out. 13% of people really hate that.
Of course, this is in no way an all-inclusive list of crap that can get your unfriended on Facebook. But if you’re looking at ways to be a better Facebooker, it’s a good place to start. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CompTIA Certification Testing Moving to a Single Vendor

CompTIA Certification Testing Moving to a Single Vendor

CompTIA Certification Testing FAQs


What exactly is the change that CompTIA is making in its test delivery program?

Effective July 9, 2012, CompTIA exams will be delivered exclusively with Pearson VUE via their worldwide network of more than 5,000 testing centers. CompTIA certification exams will no longer be available at Prometric testing centers at that time. Pearson VUE has been delivering CompTIA exams since 2003.

Why is CompTIA changing its test delivery program? 

We want to simplify the overall testing experience. Moving to Pearson VUE for exclusive worldwide delivery of CompTIA exams will provide our candidates with one point of contact to serve all of their testing needs. 

When exactly will this change happen?

Here is a list of important dates that you need to be aware of as it relates to this transition.

Key Dates                             Actions

NOW                                      Ability to buy vouchers and register for an exam at Pearson VUE

5/4/2012                                Last day to buy a voucher from Prometric

7/8/2012                                Last day to register for an exam at a Prometric Test Center

7/8/2012                                Last day to test at a Prometric Test Center

7/10/2012                              Prometric Vouchers will be available to schedule at Pearson VUE Test Centers

NOW                                      Begin taking certification exams at Pearson VUE Test Centers

Who is Pearson VUE?

Pearson VUE is an existing partner of CompTIA who delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 165 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education and information company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.


Where are Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers located?

Pearson VUE currently has more than 5,000 Pearson VUE Test Centers in more than 165 countries, including several hundred company owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers. You can find a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center near you by visiting the Pearson VUE website and using its Test Center Locator.

Does Pearson VUE offer all CompTIA certification exams?

All CompTIA tests are available at Pearson VUE test centers.

Are Pearson VUE’s testing requirements the same?

Yes. Because CompTIA sets the testing requirements for its exams, the requirements at Pearson VUE will continue to be the same.

Are the CompTIA exams on the Pearson VUE system different?

No, the exams are exactly the same—they look the same and are scored exactly the same.

Will the test fees change?

No, test fees are set by CompTIA and will remain the same at Pearson VUE.

How can I register for an exam at Pearson VUE?

Appointments may be made in advance or on the day you wish to test, subject to availability. Pearson VUE offers a variety of scheduling options: online scheduling, scheduling by phone and scheduling directly through the test center.

Can Pearson VUE sites accommodate candidates with special needs?

Yes, Pearson VUE and CompTIA allow accommodations to candidates who are identified as having special needs. If you need additional time to complete your exam or another accommodation, please contact our American Disability Association (ADA) Accommodations number at: 1-800-466-0450. 


What if I already have a CompTIA exam scheduled with Prometric?

If you have a test scheduled to take place on or before July 8, 2012, then no action is required. If you have an exam scheduled with Prometric after the cut-over date of July 9, 2012, the vouchers will be valid in the Pearson VUE system after July 9, 2012, and you must schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.  

I bought a Prometric voucher but have not scheduled my exam yet, what do I do?

You can schedule your exam with Prometric at your earliest convenience as long as the exam is taken on or before July 8, 2012. Starting July 9, 2012, unused Prometric vouchers that have not expired will be valid in the Pearson VUE system, and you must schedule your exam with Pearson VUE. 

How do I schedule a CompTIA exam with Pearson VUE?

Appointments may be made in advance or on the day you wish to test, subject to availability. Pearson VUE offers a variety of scheduling options: online scheduling, scheduling by phone and scheduling directly through the test center.


Will I be able to use Prometric vouchers that I have already bought?

Existing Prometric vouchers for CompTIA exams may be used to schedule an exam with Prometric through July 8, 2012.  From  July 10, 2012, unused Prometric vouchers that have not expired will be valid in the Pearson VUE system and you must schedule your exam with Pearson VUE. 

Will I still be able to purchase a Prometric voucher?

You may purchase a Prometric voucher directly from Prometric for a CompTIA exam thru May 4, 2012. If you prefer to test with Prometric, you must do so on or before July 8, 2012. Please note that Prometric vouchers are no longer available on the CompTIA Marketplace.


What will happen to my records and testing history with Prometric?

All records and testing history are the property of CompTIA, and this information will remain with CompTIA. Likewise, all new records created through Pearson VUE testing will be forwarded to CompTIA for processing and storage. All CompTIA historical testing data is available to candidates through the candidate online tool at:

I already have taken and passed one of the two exams required to earn a CompTIA Certification at a Prometric Test Center. Can I take the second exam at Pearson VUE, and if I pass, earn my CompTIA Certification?

Yes. You simply contact Pearson VUE and schedule your next exam. Because all previous and future results are the property of CompTIA, this will not affect existing certifications or certification paths. If you already have taken a CompTIA exam, we recommend that you provide your CompTIA Career ID when registering for your exams with Pearson VUE. 

I have taken all my previous CompTIA exams with Prometric. Will all my new Pearson VUE exams be added to the same record or will I now have different records?

You will have only one record in our CompTIA database. To make sure a new record is not created when you take your exam with Pearson VUE, please provide Pearson VUE with your CompTIA Career ID when you register for an exam.

I discovered that I have duplicate records in CompTIA’s database. How can I get these merged?

Please contact CompTIA at and log a ticket requesting a “merge.”

I took my exams through Prometric and it is not located in my record. Now what?

We will need your score report and CompTIA will work with Prometric to locate your exam record.  Please contact CompTIA at and log a ticket requesting assistance with locating your record.

If I did not pass my exam at Prometric before the cutover date, will I still need to wait 14 days before retaking the exam at Person VUE?

Yes. The retake policy remains in place. If you failed a proctored exam at Prometric, you will need to wait 14 days before retaking the exam at Pearson VUE. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

IT Careers — The Inside Scoop

IT Careers — The Inside Scoop
Powered by the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:00 – 11:00am (CT)

It’s time to dream and see yourself in a brighter future. Positions are waiting for you in Information Technology. Whether it’s your first, next or re–entry into an IT position, the more information you have the easier it will be to find the IT position that is right for you. At this webinar you will hear from experts, people who work in HR and hire people into positions in IT. They will be focusing on three IT Career Areas: Technical, Sales, and Operational/Management.


Friday, October 12, 2012

CompTIA Enhances IT Certification Exams with Performance-Based Questions

CompTIA Enhances IT Certification Exams with Performance-Based Questions 

Will be included in CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ exams

Downers Grove, Ill., October 2, 2012 – CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the world’s information technology (IT) workforce, said today it will incorporate new performance-based questions into its top three certification exams to more accurately measure the skills of IT professionals.

Performance-based questions, which will require certification candidates to perform a task or solve a problem within a simulated IT environment, will be added to the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications exams over the next several months.

“These questions will require the test-taker to demonstrate specific knowledge and skills relevant to particular IT job tasks, thus providing a more accurate gauge of their capabilities in a real-world environment,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA.

CompTIA first introduced performance-based questions in its exams in September 2011 with the launch of the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification. 

Performance-based questions will be added to CompTIA A+ in October 2012 with the launch of new exams (220-801 and 220-802); to the CompTIA Network+ exam (N10-005) during the fourth quarter of 2012; and to the CompTIA Security+ exam (SY0-301) in the first quarter of 2013.

For each performance-based question, the exam will prompt the candidate to perform a specific task or solve a specific problem. A simulated environment is then launched in which the candidate completes the required steps. Each question is designed around real-world IT infrastructure scenarios, such as command prompts and networking environments.

In addition to the performance-based questions the exams include multiple choice, multiple selection and calculator-assisted questions. The exams also incorporate the use of graphics and videos.

A new video on the CompTIA test-taking experience is available on the CompTIA You Tube channel. Additional details are available on the CompTIA certification website.

With more than 1.6 million certifications awarded worldwide, CompTIA is the largest provider of vendor-neutral certifications for IT professionals. These certifications are the recognized industry standards for a broad range of technology skills, including IT fundamentals, repair and technical support, networking, security, server, storage, Linux, project management, printing and document imaging, digital information management, health IT, green IT and cloud computing.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

CompTIA Exam Center Location Finder

Taking the Test

You can purchase a voucher for your exam or you can pay with a credit card when you register to take the test at one of CompTIA's testing partners. Vouchers are available from the CompTIA Marketplace. If you took a class to help you prepare for the exam, be sure and ask your CompTIA Authorized Partner Program trainer if they sell vouchers or include them as part of the training package.
Register for your CompTIA exam through Pearson VUE testing centers. The CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals exam is also offered at Certiport testing centers.
  1. Visit their site to find the closest testing center to you.
  2. Create an online account to register for the exam and store your information with the testing center.
  3. Schedule the exam online. You can also register by phone or by contacting the testing center directly. You will be required to enter your voucher number or provide payment information at registration.
  4. You will receive e-mail confirmation of your registration including any additional details you may need from the testing center. 

Friday, October 05, 2012

Seasoned IT Professionals Make Their Mark Through Mentorship

Seasoned IT Professionals Make Their Mark Through Mentorship

Mentorship is a two-way street; it helps both mentor and mentee develop their skills and experience by gaining a perspective from someone at a different career level. 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Wishing Cloud Away Won’t Work

Wishing Cloud Away Won’t Work

Ignore cloud at your peril. Without a carefully crafted, well-validated strategy here, solution providers may find themselves pulled into offering cloud solutions – whether they want to or not. Regardless of a provider’s philosophy on virtual solutions, clients will either ask about SaaS options and/or be approached by other IT companies that offer them. So it’s time to come up with a clear strategy for cloud or be prepared to explain why if you’re not going to bother with it. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CompTIA A+ Certification and Jobs

CompTIA A+ Increases Knowledge, Confidence for Employees 

At the heart of this initiative is a core belief in the value of CompTIA A+ certification.

CompTIA A+, the international, vendor-neutral standard that validates foundation-level competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.

Immediate Impact on Employee Productivity

"Certifications have made me become more presentable both to my coworkers and clients," 
 "They are the proof that my knowledge is legitimately demonstrated."

Positive Feedback All Around

Seventy percent of training participants credited CompTIA A+ with a positive impact on their daily work activities.

Newly-hired staff commented on more confident customer interactions based on a well-rounded understanding of software and hardware components. Experienced technicians were surprised to find their previous training insufficient in the areas of newer operating systems, network systems, server and hardware equipment.

Emphasis on Practical Problem Solving

"Because their domains do not depend only on specific vendors or newer trends, you have to approach (their certifications) with systematic learning," she said. "You are also required to have knowledge about legacy systems."

"As a company, having CompTIA-certified employees demonstrates to our business partners and clients that we have the IT workforce to assure quality of our offerings," she said, noting many colleagues are becoming more active in certifications and other training. "We have established not only high assessments, but also credibility from our partners and clients."

"I think certification becomes more important and its need will grow because those individuals who want to change or grow in their career definitely need proof to display what they are capable of."

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Monday, September 10, 2012

CompTIA Network+ A Path to Apple Consultants Network

CompTIA Network+
A Path to Apple Consultants Network

 With the increasing demand for mobility solutions, joining the Apple Consultants Network can help CompTIA members to access a new source of growth for their business. The CompTIA Network+ certification now offers the possibility to directly embark on the mobility curriculum of the Apple Consultants Network.

What is the Apple Consultants Network?

The Apple Consultants Network (ACN) is a fee-based membership program specifically designed for IT professionals who deliver services for Mac and/or iOS mobile devices (iPhone and iPad).

Why CompTIA Network+ certified professionals should join the Apple Consultants Network

Your CompTIA Network+ Certification has been accepted by Apple as an entry-point credential to join the Apple Consultants Network.*
Once you have joined the ACN program and completed Apple’s mobility learning path, you are well positioned to offer consulting services for iOS deployment and integration. With increasing demand for mobility solutions, your involvement in the ACN program can help you pursue a new source of revenue for your business.

Benefits of membership in the ACN

  • Affiliation with Apple for mobility services
  • Use of the program logo
  • Professional listing in the Apple Consultants Locator
  • Equipment and software discounts for demo systems
  • Access to the ACN Community communications

How to join the ACN

CompTIA Network+ certified professionals can apply for membership to the ACN program by submitting an application.
Your application will be processed by the ACN program management team. Once you become a member of this program, you can pursue the Mobility Technical Competency.

When approved for membership, you will have access to the necessary training and marketing resources to further your mobility practice.
Apply now to join the Apple Consultants Network

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Resources to Help your Business Succeed

Resources to Help your Business Succeed

Learn how a corporate-wide CompTIA membership for IT solution providers can benefit you and your entire organization. Join Noel Eberline, director of member relations at CompTIA, during a webinar on September 13, to discover how you can leverage the discounted global certifications and business credentials, free live channel training, and unlimited access to market research. Whether you're looking to start a new business model, implement a new service offering or enter into a new business market, we have valuable training and educational tools to guide you. Register.   

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

CompTIA Linux+ Will See Minor Changes to Exam Objectives this Fall

CompTIA Linux+ Will See Minor Changes to Exam Objectives this Fall

CompTIA will make minor changes to the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams this fall. The objective changes are reflected in the current exam objectives available for download and will be reflected in both CompTIA Linux+ exams, LX0-101 and LX0-102, by the end of August 2012.

The CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exam is a high-stakes, vendor-neutral certification that validates the fundamental knowledge and skills required of junior Linux administrators. The certification is the result of CompTIA's partnership with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). LPI recently modified its own LPIC-1 exam objectives. With this planned change, CompTIA will align its exam objectives with LPI's.

The modifications to the CompTIA Linux+ exam objectives (LX0-101) include:
  • Adding objectives pertaining to systemd, Upstar, LVM, GRUB 2, and ext4;
  • Deleting LILO from list of terms; and
  • Adding bash_history to list of terms.
Modifications to the CompTIA Linux+ exam objectives (LX0-102) include:
  • Adding Environmental Variable TZ to list of terms, and
  • Adding an objective pertaining to IPv6
For more information on specific changes visit the LPI wiki. CompTIA Linux+ exam candidates can check with their respective publisher to find out if they plan to provide addenda for these minor changes to the existing objectives.

These revised objectives will be referenced in CompTIA's regular cycle of republication of the CompTIA Linux+ exams, due in the market by late August. These exams, although modified slightly, are not new exams. The CompTIA Linux+ exams are scheduled for full revision sometime in 2014.

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Buy CompTIA Certifications from Anywhere in the World

Buy CompTIA Certifications from Anywhere in the World

IT professionals worldwide now can buy certification exams directly from CompTIA, thanks to an expansion of the CompTIA Marketplace. The marketplace website allows visitors to pick their country before browsing, which provides for more localized content and information. It's part of our broader effort to make IT certifications more accessible to growing markets where IT skills are in demand. Learn which global markets are now available online.  Plus CompTIA members continue to get discounts on their certifications.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Smartphone security Risks and protection measures

Smartphone security: Risks and protection measures

Smartphones are infiltrating businesses of all sizes. Decreasing price points and increasing functionality puts enterprise-class capabilities in the palm of every Tom, Dick and Harry who connects to the corporate network. No big deal, right? Blackberrys, iPhones and Androids – among many others – enable your users to work more efficiently. But, like every other piece of technology, smartphones come with a price to your organization. That price is in the form of risk. Let’s look at some of the ways smartphones introduce risk to your environment, and then look at some of the best practices for managing that risk.

Data Loss

Perhaps the most significant risk posed by smartphones is that of data loss. There are a number of ways data can be lost or stolen from smartphones. Most obvious is the loss or theft of the device itself. These small handheld devices can be easily forgotten in public places or picked up by casual passersby. Many users either don’t password protect their phone because of the inconvenience it poses or, if they do, use a simple four-character password that can easily be cracked. So all of the data – be it sensitive company data or personal data – is accessible by an unauthorized user.

There are also occasions upon which users have legitimate possession of another’s smartphone, but have no business accessing the data on it. For example, it is not unusual for a user to give an old phone to a friend who has lost their own or to donate an outdated phone to a charity. Data can also be exposed if a smartphone is resold or sent in to the manufacturer for repair.

But physical possession is not required to steal data off of a smartphone. Mobile applications can access the data on your users’ smartphones and, in some cases, even store that information on third-party servers. For example, applications marketed as tools to catch cheating partners and protect children can be downloaded to an unsuspecting users’ smartphone. The application captures emails, texts, browsing history and telephone calls, and stores that information on a server where it can be retrieved by an unauthorized individual. If any of those communications include corporate data then it too is saved and accessed by a third-party.

All of these scenarios put companies at risk of being noncompliant with laws and regulations around data privacy. If a user loses a smartphone storing unprotected corporate data or your data is stored on an unauthorized third-party server, your company is liable and can face fines.

Common vulnerabilities

Contrary to popular belief, smartphones are no better protected against denial-of-service attacks or malware infections than an unprotected PC. In fact, the applications that run on smartphones are subject to all of the same vulnerabilities. Consider Web applications, which have been used to spread malware, spyware, phishing attempts, etc., via PCs. Users are downloading similar applications to their smartphones, the difference being that smartphones typically do not have antivirus protection, so these infected files can propagate onto an IP network.

The smartphone’s small form factor further facilitates propagation of malware. It’s more difficult to identify risk web sites and suspicious emails and links on pared down sites built specifically for a small screen. Plus, users tend to be more trusting of the data they receive on their smartphones because the devices represent a more intimate communications channel. Thus, they are more likely to click on potentially dangerous links.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Is A+ Certification still useful?

The field of IT is constantly evolving, and with the rapid introduction of new technologies, IT workers must be held to a standard for introductory positions. A+ certification, although currently under scrutiny, is the bedrock for entry-level IT professionals. Understandably, A+ might be slightly outdated and lacks the depth that certain IT positions require, but nevertheless, a basic understanding of the computer and its systems are required for those professionals attempting to join the field. A+ certification is the initial milestone to launch a career in IT and when employers came to that consensus and A+ certification is now accepted widely.  This introduction to IT is in the form of this certification.

Of all the arguments against A+ certification, the most prominent one states that the certification falls short of finding the comprehension of a person’s ability to use the knowledge it tests. Often people claim that the certification is just not enough for an employee to handle the IT environment. This statement is over generalized and actually points to an entirely different problem with their argument. The problem being not that the certification is faulty, but that there is an assumption for an introductory-level IT professional to have “years of experience” before attempting to partake in the field. The expectation that a new-hire should be ready to hit the ground running with a complete understanding of anything that could be thrown at him or her is not the fault of the A+ certification, but the perception of the employer. The A+ certification is a check mark in a requirement box that is necessary and still relevant.

Many of the arguments against A+ certification also reference the outdated portions of the content it covers. They claim that a certification is only as good as the knowledge that A+ tests and that extraneous, irrelevant and outdated materials are found within the A+ certification criteria. Unfortunately the amount of information and knowledge base required in the IT field is growing at almost an exponential rate. To have a certification or test that comprehensively covered all of IT would be impossible, but a fundamental-level comprehensive test or certification is more than possible, it exists. The A+ certification exploits basic-level knowledge for an IT professional and integrates it to show that, at least, the person completing the course is at a starting-level position understanding of the computer as well as other basic IT subject matters past and present.

A+ certification is the best reference the field has to mark if a potential employee has the required fundamental knowledge to succeed in the field. As a benchmarking tool for employers that understand the necessity for it, A+ certification provides an acceptable baseline for IT mastery. A+ certification clearly shows a person’s understanding of the field, for an introductory level-position, and is widely accepted as showing entry-level competence of prospective employees into the IT profession. This streamlines the hiring process and ensures that new hires knowledge was adequate.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hot Certification - Cisco CCNA Voice

Changes in voice technology to include telephony, VoIP and related solutions has created a need for computer network specialists who are skilled in both voice technologies and computer networking. Cisco, one of the most respected certification providers in the IT industry, offers an associate-level certification geared specifically towards voice solutions: CCNA Voice.

The CCNA Voice certification requires passing one exam: 640-461 ICOMM v8.0, an exam covering Cisco voice and other communication administration concepts. Before taking this exam, you must have a valid CCNA or CCIE certification. As of February 2012, the exam fee is $250. If you are entirely new to Cisco certifications, you may want to take the CCENT first, which is a one exam certification, followed by the CCNA, which is a two exam certification whose first exam is covered by the CCENT.

The CCNA Voice certification is geared towards junior- or senior-level network administrators with at least 3 years of hands-on experience. While experience is not a prerequisite to take the exam, the exam is geared towards applications of technology, not just rote memorization of theory and concepts, so passing is unlikely without at minimum understanding how the technologies are implemented.

The specific career paths this exam is geared towards are voice managers, voice technologies administrators, voice engineers and related positions. In many organizations, instead of a separate position, these duties are handled by the IT staff, who also handles networking and general computer technician duties.

The CCNA Voice exam focuses on solutions that are part of Cisco IOS United Communications. It is necessary to have an understanding of a wide array of VoIP technologies, including IP PBX, call control, IP telephony, handset and voicemail solutions. The exam also covers topics related to mobility, presence and Cisco applications such as TelePresence applications. Despite the exam focusing on Cisco solutions, the skills certified in this exam are applicable to other vendors’ implementations.

This certification is valid for 3 years after you pass the exam. If you want to recertify your CCNA Voice credential, you must take a CCNA concentration exam, a 642- exam, CCDA design exam, a qualify Cisco specialist exam, CCIE exam, CCDE exam or pass the Cisco Certified Architect requirements. Failure to complete these recertification requirements within the 3 year period results in having to retake the exam to continue being certified.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Top Cities For Tech Jobs In 2012

Top Cities For Tech Jobs In 2012

Aside from getting certified, though, employees need to be in the right place. That isn’t always easy. Ever since the recession took hold in 2008, jobs in the United States haven’t been abundant. The great thing about the technology industry is that a lot of the companies tend to call the same place home. That means that moving to one of a number of different cities can vastly increase a person’s chance of landing a tech job.

Traditionally, San Jose and San Francisco have been two of the top metro areas to work in technology. That’s because Silicon Valley is largely comprised the San Jose metropolitan area, and San Francisco is also home to the famed region. According to data released from a recruiting firm named CyberCoders, though, that much has changed. In a release published by the firm, Houston was actually listed as the top city for tech jobs. San Jose came in second, while San Francisco was fifth. The third and fourth spots on the list were occupied by Philadelphia and Dallas, respectively.

The reason for Houston’s jump to the top of the list was its demand for clean energy. The city has always prided itself on its energy jobs, but 2011 saw demand peak for clean energy. That strong demand helped fuel a large growth in the tech sector for Houston, pushing it ahead of San Jose. The most popular tech jobs available in Houston include .NET and Sharepoint developers. Clearly, these aren’t your average tech jobs. A .NET developer’s mid-career salary is $88,000, while a Sharepoint developer’s is $94,000. With these kinds of jobs being offered in Houston, it’s no wonder they were able to top the list.

Despite San Jose falling to second on the list, it’s still an area that’s doing a lot of hiring for a lot of coveted jobs. The area had a 100 percent jump in technology jobs over the last year. All sorts of positions were added in the San Jose area. Developers in nearly every category, including Java and C++, are currently in demand. Software and QA engineering positions were also frequently added. The salaries for positions in this category typically range between $75,000 and $85,000.

Demand for Java developers and software engineers is also the driving force behind Philadelphia’s rise. They’re ranked as the third best city for tech jobs. Network engineering was also a major point of demand for Philadelphia tech companies. Other cities that have strong demand for technology jobs include Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta. Seattle being home to Microsoft has obviously kept it as one of the best cities for tech, while cities such as Chicago and Atlanta have simply seen a growth in jobs as more tech companies call these cities home. Some of the most demanded jobs with the highest pay have included the aforementioned developer jobs, as well as mobile application development.

Technology is one of the hottest sectors in the United States and it has been for some time. The educational sector has matched this explosive growth, making it easier for new candidates to enter the tech field. TrainingPlanet has made it easier to obtain training in any of these lucrative fields so that job seekers can move to one of these tech-loving cities and find a career they love.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Certification Paths

While most traditional IT skills (e.g., database administration) carry over to the cloud, there are cloud skills that are not just traditional IT skills; what might be the best approach toward a given end through traditional IT can be a poor approach through the cloud.
So the companies who need people with cloud skills will need some way to educate existing employees and to distinguish job applicants who have cloud skills from those who don’t.
Microsoft realizes all of this, and anticipates that cloud computing will triumph–SQL Server 2012 is being billed as ‘The Cloud Ready Information Platform’ if that says anything–so the company has done a lot of work lately to make its certifications more relevant in the
cloud era. On that note, the company has announced a few paths to SQL Server 2012 Certification over at Microsoft|Learning.
The base SQL Server certification is now the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate).
If you you hold any MCTS on SQL Server 2008, you’re two exams away from the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
Greenhorns will have to take three exams instead:
  • Exam 461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 462: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database
  • Exam 463: Implementing Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
See Microsoft’s page on the subject for the details.
Once you have the MCSA: SQL Server 2012, you might want to extend and specialize your knowledge a bit. You can do that by picking up an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).
There are two to choose from:
The linked pages have all the details.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

IT Job Growth Is Substantial for many in the U.S.

IT Job Growth Is Substantial and will Continue to be 
 So Stay Educated, Trained, and Certified.

You might have heard that the IT sector is losing jobs. It is true, that depending on which jobs being referenced, that there is decline. However, these are only the lower end IT jobs which have been outsourced out of the country

According to a new report, the higher skilled IT jobs are on the increase and worth investing in, in terms of education.

In the last decade (2001-2011), employment in the U.S. only grew 0.2 percent, while IT related jobs grew by 25%. This equated to 742,000 new jobs being created in that time span.

“This report dispels the notion that the best days for IT jobs have passed with the bursting of the .com bubble in 2000 and the practice of off-shoring today,”, the IT & Innovation Foundation stated.

With these jobs which were created, the sector is on the increase. As more advanced technologies sprout, along with new certifications necessary to understand these technologies, education has become more important than ever.

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