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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 33)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA agrees with senators who think there ought to be a law about the Internet of Things, Red Hat has a spiffy new chapeau, and more.

ISACA Blogger Assesses Proposed U.S. IoT Law


Dude and lady discussing ITFour U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia and Ron Wyden of Oregon, along with Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado and Steve Daines of Montana, are the guiding hand behind the self-descriptively titled Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017. In a recent post to the ISACA Now Blog curated by security and governance association ISACA, security researcher Charles Harry sizes up their work and give the bipartisan quartet an A for effort (and intention), but more of a C for execution. Harry agrees with the basic premise that improved cybersecurity and better regulation of IoT devices is much needed, but thinks that the proposed legistlation as written both offers undue exemptions to device manufacturers and would result in many IoT devices being constructed to lesser standards to sidestep legal controls.


Project Management Institute Waltzes Into the Arms of Pearson VUE


If the IT certification exam delivery world were one of those old timey formal dances, then Pearson VUE would absolutely be the belle of the ball. To extend the metaphor, the Pearson VUE exam delivery dance card is so full already that it's actually kind of surprising, whenever a new partner is added, to learn that, "Oh, those guys weren't already with Pearson VUE?" The newest gentleman caller to reserve his roundelay is the long-established Project Management Institute (PMI), which curates the popular Project Management Professional (PMP) credential and its several cousins. Pearson will provide computer-based testing services to PMI and also add its newest client to the rapidly-swelling crowd of certification programs that use Pearson's Acclaim digital badging platform.


How to Seal the Deal: CertMag Offers Advice IT Instructors


It's one thing to complete a training course intended to prepare the learner to pass a certification exam. It's another thing to actually take and pass the exam. And it's a common problem among IT educators that the second thing — actually taking the exam itself — doesn't always follow after the first. Especially among high school and college students, for a variety of reasons, many learners complete the course but skip the credential. A newly-posted article at from the recent summer edition of Certification Magazine addresses the situation and offers a variety of tips to befuddled tech teachers whose students go all the way to the end of the race, but stop short of actually crossing the finish line. If you're familiar with this frustrating scenario, then it may be worth checking out the article, which was written by IT veteran Ken Sardoni, vice president of course development for IT certification and training provider TestOut.