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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 25)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, the Linux Foundations highlights employment opportunity in its new Open Sour Jobs Report, a CISA-certified Army vet shares his story, and more.

Linux Foundation Issues Open Source Jobs Report


Programmer dudette in sweaterEvery year The Linux Foundation and tech employment facilitator team up to survey the open source employment landscape. The fruits of that partnership is the Open Source Jobs Report, released earlier this week on Tuesday, and chock full of engaging and actionable data. For example, did you know that 55 percent of employers are willing to pay the cost of Linux certification for key employees? That's a great incentive for employees who are looking to both expand their skill set and increase their value. It's also more than a likely a direct result of the increasing scarcity of Linux talent: 87 percent of hiring managers say they've had difficulty hiring employees with open source skills. Linux is the most highly valued open source skill, generating interest among 80 percent of hiring managers, while there is growing interest in workers who specialize in containers. Just last year, only 27 percent of hiring managers considered fluency with containers a priority, a number that climbed to 52 percent this year. The complete report is available online free of charge.


CompTIA Offers Encouragement to Career Changers


It's frequently pointed out about the modern workplace that workers who start their career in a given sector are unlikely to remain employed in that same sector through retirement. Hopping from one career path to an entirely different career path, however, can be both difficult and intimidating. According to a new post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA, the thought of switching to a career in IT only adds to the fear factor for many workers. The good news for anyone in that boat, writes blogger Brett Hanley, is that the tech sector is more welcoming than many might suppose. For example, soft skills (such as the ability to communicate effectively) translate to IT more or less straight across from whatever field they were acquired in. And thanks to the thriving IT certification industry, made-to-order job training is readily available for those who need to quickly acquire solid baseline IT skills. IT is also a field that rewards patience and perseverance, qualities that many develop in other professions. The bottom line: If you or or someone you know needs to make a switch, then there are many good reasons to consider IT.


The Best Cyber Defense is a Good Cyber Offense?


There's an interesting new post about cybersecurity at the VIP Perspectives blog of Cisco Learning Network. Awareness of, and hang-wringing over, cybersecurity vulerability have both been escalating in recent months. For a variety of reasons, however, effective change is often slow to follow. The VIP Perspectives blogger, identified only as "Milan," suggests that one creative means of attacking the problem is to, well, rather literally attack the problem. If you suspect that your company's network is vulnerable, then start digging around for vulnerabilities. Think like a hacker, in other words. The post includes a highlighted warning to readers to not attack systems without obtaining proper permission and access. The post discusses the issue at considerable length, and is worth a read if you're enaged by the topic.