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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 16)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA takes stock of the State of Cybersecurity, CompTIA says that it's time to get your ChannelCon on, and more.

ISACA Discloses Data from State of Cybersecurity Study


ISACA's new State of Cybersecurity report is out.The annual RSA Conference in San Francisco is where the tech industry goes to talk about cybersecurity, so that's an excellent setting for broad and informative announcements about cybersecurity. On Tuesday, the second full-day of the weeklong gathering, RSA provided the setting for ISACA to formally unveil results of the study that produced its State of Cybersecurity 2018 report. Among the key findings trumpeted at the RSA event are that 81 percent of security professionals believe their enterprise is either likely or very likely to be the target of a cyberattack in the coming year, while 50 percent said that they have noted an increase in the frequency of such attacks over the past 12 months. Anyone who has had their nose in or around cybersecurity will not be surprised to hear that skilled security professionals continue to be both eagerly sought after and hard to find. Click over to ISACA's official State of Cybersecurity 2018 web page to download Part 1 of the study's complete findings (registration required).


Cryptocurrency: Cash Cow or Fool's Gold?


For the past several years, plugged-in techies have been eagerly following the literal rise in fortune of so-called "cryptocurrencies," a boom that so far has delivered a rollicking sideshow without quite crossing over to Main Event status in the world of high finance. With recent stock market breakthroughs still fresh in everyone's minds, however, a crypto-crossover could be brewing. A recent two-part series of articles at, the web component of Certification Magazine, explores the unfolding gold rush and offers some advice to those considering becoming prospectors. (Cryptocurrency has strong demand for participation by individual "miners," so the American West precious metals boom analogy has evidently been embedded in the fabric of the movement for a while.) There aren't any professional credentials that directly address cryptocurrency, but the encryption/decryption and propagation of currencies does involve a wide cross-section of IT skills that are readily certifiable.


Pearson Hands Off Digital Badging Platform to Credly


Training and testing titan Pearson has been at the forefront of the ongoing pivot to digital badging for a couple of years now, with its Acclaim platform fueling the changeover to digital badges by such bedrock IT certification programs as those in place at both Microsoft and Oracle. Now Pearson is handing off the nuts and bolts management of Acclaim to Credly, the self-proclaimed "leading digital credential service provider." While Credly takes over Acclaim, Pearson will maintain its investment in badging by taking a minor equity stake in Credly, as well as a seat on its board of directors. After gaining acceptance in fits and starts, digital badges have lately been thriving, and the era of ink-and-paper credentials has already been closed and swept into the dustbin of history at a growing number of certification outlets.