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Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 20

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA unveils a long-overdue overhaul of its Server+ certification, when it comes to the cybersecurity hiring shortage, ISACA explains it all, and more.

CompTIA Unveils Long-Awaited Refresh of Its Server+ Certification


CompTIA has released an new version of its Server+ certification.It's generally agreed that information technology (IT) certifications, unlike fine wines, don't get better with age. The pace of change in IT isn't always breathtaking, but there is a real need in almost all IT fields to continually check in on the latest advances, transformations, and trends. That's why it's a little surprising that tech industry association CompTIA, which has most of its credentials on a more-or-less rigid three-year renewal cycle, just launched an overhaul of its Server+ certification for the first time since 2015. Server technology has evolved considerably in recent years, with virtualization in particular having a huge impact, so an update was probably needed. In a candid overview of the Server+ revamp posted this week to the offical CompTIA blog, blogger Eileen Ristau Tachman explains that Server+ falls in a spectrum of CompTIA credentials that are considered GFL, or "good for life," once earned. GLF certs are only refreshed periodically, and credential holders don't have to renew their certification in order for it to remain valed, even after an exam update.


Want a Cybersecurity Job? Get a Certification


Almost everyone agrees that the cybersecurity sector is the area of IT employment with the greatest demand for new skilled professionals or workers crossing over from other professions (or other branches of IT specialization). The level of demand doesn't necessarily mean, however, that employers won't be picky. And one way to help yourself step to the front of the hiring line is to have a certification in your back pocket. That's the thrust of a new post to the Microsoft Learn Blog, which also passes along some statistics that underline the importance of adding new skilled workers to the profession. For example, there are 30,000 website attacks per day worldwide (a figure that actually seems kinda low — maybe that tally only includes attacks the acutally result in a breach). The point of the article, which is impressively detailed and worth a read, is to emphasize that training for Exam SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals has been added to the Microsoft Learn for Educators program, which helps get Microsoft training and certifications into schools. Passing the SC-900 exam confers the Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals certification.


How to Get Ahead by Understanding the Cybersecurity Hiring Gap


Speaking, as we just were, of the supply/demand hiring shortfall in the cybersecurity sector, there's additional discussion of the phenomenon this week at the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA. Guest blogger Jason Yakencheck, a past president of ISACA's Greater Washington D.C. Chapter, writes that having an informed grasp of the cybersecurity skills shortage can help workers entering the field who are hoping to get hired. For example, Yakencheck makes the point that good candidates need to have a solid mix of both technical skills and so-called "soft skills." You can boost your case, in other words, if you have a solid grasp of interpersonal relations in addition to a solid understanding of cybersecurity tools and processes. Yakencheck also makes frequent reference to the ISACA-issued State of Cybersecurity 2021 report. If you want some perspective on the hiring shortage directly from the mouths of employers, then that's a valuable resource.


Get the Right Cybersecurity Training for the Job Role


Get the right skils for the job you have in your sights.For our final item of the week, we're sticking like glue to the question of jobs in the cybersecurity realm. It's also a topic of interest over at, the official website of Certification Magazine. To round out our informal and unplanned discussion of cybersecurity hiring, guest contributor Rob Rashotte, a vice president at information security solutions provider Fortinet, offers a sound perspective on the importance of aligning your skill set with the job openings that you hope to fill. Fortinet's solution to the problem of providing workers with the cybersecurity skills that employers are actually looking for is to design its training around specifically identified "pathways," that can give aspiring professionals a perfectly tailored skill set for a specific cybersecurity niche. A good general knowledge of cybersecurity is unquestionably valuable, but having the specific knowledge to fill a particular role will inarguably boost your chances.


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