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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 8)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA is offering an emergency cybersecurity boot camp, Oracle Certification explains why getting certifications matters, and more.

ISACA Offers Nuts-and-Bolts Cybersecurity Training


ISACA training could get you started on a security certification path.With the next cybersecurity catastrophe never more than a few months away, business across the United States and around the world are fiercely competing to hire skilled cybersecurity professionals. The problem for everyone, of course, is that there aren't enough skilled cybersecurity professionals. Research by security and governance association ISACA found last year that more than 25 percent of open cybersecurity positions at U.S. businesses and organziations go unfilled. ISACA has also put forth what is at least a partial and temporary solution to the problem, by offering a two-day online cybersecurity boot camp, to be held next week on Monday and Tuesday. Participants will learn the basics over two intense four-hour training sessions. The cost is $850 (or $650 for ISACA members). Additional details are available online.


Certiport Invites Educators to Annual CERTIFIED Conference


Hard-working IT educators who need to fill up their professional development dance card for the coming summer months should take note of the annual CERTIFIED conference for teachers. Billed as an opportunity for tech instructors to "listen, learn, and grow," the CERTIFIED conference for 2018 is set to be held June 13-15 in  Atlanta, Ga., at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. That's still 111 days away, but registration is already open, and an early-bird discount ($595 for a full conference pass; $100 off the standard rate) is available to those who register before April 15. (Conference fees do not inclued travel or hotel accommodations.) The conference is notable for taking place at the same time as the Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship event, and conference attendees are invited to the final awards ceremony.


CompTIA Offers Advice for Infrastructure IT Pros


President Donald J. Trump has been promising massive spending on national infrastructure since taking office, a double boon that, ideally, would create new jobs and shore up aging public facilities, utilities, and vital components of the nation's vast transportation network. There's a less visible but equally vital infrastructure that supports the massive internet and communications networks that drive business and government. CompTIA has been rallying would-be IT professionals in recent months to embark on its newly coordinated training for IT infrastructure experts, a career path that ties in the Network+, Linux+, Server+, and Cloud+ certifications. For anyone who is struggling to define their career it IT, the CompTIA Infrastructure Career Pathway could equip you with the knowledge and training needed to be a key cog of vital renewal efforts.