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The Big Cisco Certification Map Shows IT All

Though it’s best viewed (or read, anyway) at max resolution, the thumbnail version of Cisco’s Career Path provides a great overview of the company’s entire (and large) certification portfolio at a glance.

International IT: Six Outliers from the CertMag Salary Survey

IT is a worldwide industry and there are certified professionals in countries around the globe. With more leftover data from the Cerrtification Magazine Salary Survey in hand, let's visit some far shores.

Exploring Fortinet's Network Security Expert (NSE) Certs

A long-time player in network security at the network boundary, Fortinet is making a big push into security across the entire computing spectrum. Part of this initiative is its five-year old Network Security Expert (NSE) program.

Single-Serving Certifications: More One-Off Responses to the CertMag Salary Survey

Certification Magazine hands off some data leftovers from its annual Salary Survey. We pop them in the microwave.

AWS Certification Roadmap: The Value of a Great Infographic

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good certification infographic should be able to encapsulate a certification program at a glance. Amazon Web Services may have pulled it off.

CompTIA Eyes New Certs: Big Data, Python, 'Expert' Tier

Tech industry association CompTIA is contemplating a major expansion of its popular IT certification program. Among the new credentials under consideration are data science certs and a Python security cert.

U.S. Jobs: Growth = Good, Unemployment = Historic Lows

The employment outlook in the United States is so rosy that even the heebie-jeebie numbers from February aren't causing concern anymore. Unemployment is low, wages are growing (if slowly), and new job creation is strong.

(ISC)² Provides Additional Value to Members with Professional Development Institute

Information security professional association (ISC)² has a new way for members (and non-members) to boost their bona fides.

Thoughts on Google Cloud Platform Training and Certification

In the not-too-distant past, Google dramatically pumped up its available Google Cloud certification offerings. Are they getting ready to do it again?

Crack the Code: Getting Started in Computer Programming, Part 1

There's lots of opportunity for skilled computer programmers. Aaron Axline examines what it takes to launch a programming career.

Following Up: Certs vs. College Degrees vs. Hands-On Experience

More than IT certifications, more than university or college computer science degrees, what employers really want is ... the Big E.

Historic Hacks of the 2000s, Part 2

Last month, we investigated hack attacks from the infancy of the internet era. Now we're moving forward in time to more sophisticated hacks and more diabolical digital malefactors.

Working In IT with No Computer Science (or Other Technical) College Degree

Do you need to have a college degree (in computer science or otherwise) to succeed in IT? Ed Tittel tackles the perennial question.

Historic Hacks of the 2000s, Part 1

Last month, we investigated hack attacks from the infancy of the internet era. Now we're moving forward in time to more sophisticated hacks and more diabolical digital malefactors.

U.S. Jobs: Bouncing Back in March After a Dismal February

Only 20,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in February, a stunning "bottom drops out" moment. So was it a sign of things to come, or just a hiccup? A solid March suggests it may have been the latter.

Credly Is the New King of Digital Badging

A number of significant movers and shakers in the IT certification realm have turned toward digital badging in recent years. One company is holding the reins of this emerging technology for all of them.