Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 40)


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In this week’s roundup of the latest IT certification news, Red Hat opens up nominations for its 2019 Innovation Awards, ISACA assesses the aftermath of the recently disclosed Facebook hack, and more.

Nominations Open for Red Hat Innovation Awards


Nominations for the Red Hat Innovation Awards are now being taken.The end is nigh. Not the end of the world, of course, or at least hopefully not the end of the world. The end of 2018 is what we’re talking about here. One way you can tell that we’ve entered the homestretch of the calendar year is that people are lining up to pass out awards, or at least get ready to pass out awards. Before you can pass out awards, of course, you have to find people to pass them out to. That brings us to leading Linux and open source technology provider and developer Red Hat, which announced earlier this week that it is seeking nominations for its 2019 Red Hat Innovation Awards. The Innovation Awards, which have been on the books since 2007, are given annually in recongnition of “successful open source IT implementation and projects that made a difference in organizations using open source.” Nominated projects will be judged on their impact, transformation, open source-ness, difference, and uniqueness. Submissions will accepted through Nov. 7. Five total winners will be chosen, including one who will be named 2019 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. Nominations are being accepted online.


Lots to Learn at Oracle OpenWorld Later This Month


It’s also the time of year when IT organizations wrap up the industry-wide convention- and conference-going calendar. Among the last of the many organizations to host a large-scale gathering in 2018 is database technology leader Oracle, which will concurrently host its Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One (formerly Java One) events Oct. 22-25 in San Francisco. One big benefit of such assemblages is that they provide, often at greatly reduced cost, opportunities to study, train, and sometimes even get certified. If you’re planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld already, or even just thinking about making plans, then it’s worth taking a look at a recent Oracle Certification blog post that discusses a handful of workshops that will be free to conference attendees. Not one hundred percent free, of course: You do have to be a registered attendee to participate, but it’s always nice to know that event organizers will be helping you maximize the value of your attendance.


CompTIA Kicks Off NCSAM with Cybersecurity Jobs Post


If you haven’t already heard that it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), then you should pay more attention to cybersecurity. That’s the whole point of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, after all. At any rate, tech industry association CompTIA pitched in on the broader conversation this morning with a post to its IT Career News blog about the ever-present need to get more skilled cybersecurity professionals into the global workforce. Blogger Eileen Ristau Tauchman devotes particular attention to four cybersecurity job roles: cybersecurity specialist, cybersecurity analyst, penetration tester, and cybersecurity engineer. Not coincidentally, CompTIA has certifications that directly address all four of those career paths, though Richman also discusses the value and importance of education (including college degrees) and on-the-job cybersecurity experience.



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