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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 33)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA and Cloud Security Alliance are cooking up a cloud auditing certificate, the British Computer Society reports that more women are studying IT, and more.

ISACA and Cloud Security Alliance Team Up to Create New Certificate


CSA and ISACA are teaming up on a new cloud auditing certificate.A few years back, Cloud Security Alliance teamed up with (ISC)² to create a new cloud computing certification: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP). Now CSA has turned to another IT industry association, cybersecurity and IT governance group ISACA, to forge a similar arrangement. Working together, the two orgainzations will finalize the structure and content of the Certificate of Cloud Auditing Knowledge (CCAK), which CSA announced at the end of 2019. With the CCSP, which is officially included in the (ISC)² certification portfolio, CSA played a role similar to that which ISACA will now take on regarding CCAK. The CCAK credential will be part of CSA's training and education portfolio, but ISACA will be acknowledged as a full partner in the design and creation of the new credential. CCAK is exepected to be available later this year.


Low-Code and No-Code Mantra: Anyone Can Create an App


An interesting cul-de-sac (or maybe it's a branching thoroughfare) on the road to automation is the continued growth of "low-code" and "no-code" software development. It takes thousands upon thousands of lines of code to create and operate even a simple software application. Someone has to write all, or at least some, of that code. (Programmers often recycle proven solutions, using or slightly modifying blocks of existing code to suit new ends.) But what if no one had to write most, or any, of that code? That, in a nutshell, is the dream of the no-code/low-code movement, as unfolded in an engaging new article at Certification Magazine. The article is pessimistic about the possibility that low-code and no-code tools will eventually become the primary building blocks of software development: customization and specialization is too integral to the development process for any but the most basic of apps to be achievable via current no-code/low-code tools. As Yoda once observed, however, "Always in motion the future is." The low-code/no-code tools of tomorrow could be far more powerful than is currently possible (or seems likely).


CompTIA Breaks Down Changes Between Old and New Security+ Exams


The new Security+ certification exam from tech industry association CompTIA won't be available for at least another two months. CompTIA recently committed to a release month (November), but hasn't put much other information out there about the forthcoming new version of one of the most popular cybersecurity certifications on the market — until this week, that is. OK, technically it was the end of last week: On Friday, Patrick Lane, CompTIA's director of products, posted a lenghty comparison on the official CompTIA blog, detailing the differences between the current Security+ exam (SY0-501) and the one (SY0-601) that will replace it in November. Perhaps the most visible change is that the soon-to-expire 501 exam has six domains, whereas the soon-to-be-incumbent 601 exam had five. Two domains are essentially unchanged, exept for in their weighting, but four of the previous exam domains have been boiled down into three new domains. If you've been feeling a little starved for information about the new exam, then Lane's post will help to alleviate your hunger.


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