Press Pass: When certs get stale, NASDAQ blowback and more
BackBy CertMag Staff — Sept. 6, 2013
Certification Magazine — Sept. 6
Welcome to the latest installment of Press Pass, where CertMag blows through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We've got the highlights and you can click thru straight to the horse's mouth for more information.
Best before technology marches forward: Like the carton of whole milk at the back of the fridge, some of your certs, if left unattended indefinitely, may eventually turn into sour, smelly yogurt, or even cottage cheese. OK, it's not a perfect analogy, but periodically certs expire, or need to be renewed, or get replaced by newer credentials. With a handful of its certification programs mothballed on Aug. 31, Oracle is stepping in to suggest alternatives.
Also, if you hold one of Oracle's database certifications and you're feeling adventurous, then there's still time to get a leg up by joining the beta phase of the database titan's new Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional rollout.
Stock options: The dust from the major NASDAQ outage on Aug. 22 had scarcely settled when the automated trading exchange hit the skids again earlier this week. The newest snafu was more of a hiccup than an outage, but proximity to the Aug. 22 event has evenyone on Wall Street minding their Ps and (NASDA)Qs. Just days before the mini-outage, IT governance association ISACA ran a blog post that wonders whether people are asking the right questions about Aug. 22. As the glitch of Sept. 4 suggests, NASDAQ may still have some important lessons to learn.
Internal affairs: As the 23 or so people who actually saw it learned from watching The Internship earler this year, spending your summer on the ground level of a major IT firm is no envelope-licking, coffee-fetching, view-from-the-sidelines gig. Red Hat takes in the landscape of its own summer internship program and reveals that it expects more than pencil sharpening out of the up-and-comers who apply.
And just as Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson discovered when applying to be interns at Google, snagging an IT internship is no simple matter of shooting off a couple of e-mails. In 2013, Red Hat selected its 71 interns from a pool of more than 5,800 applicants.
Secure the area: The third annual Security Congress sponsored by IT security trade group (ISC)2 (which administers several popular security certifications, including CISSP) is coming up at the end of September. The schedule for the gathering is now available, as well as news about some of the key topics to be addressed.
Up for discussion are cloud computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device — a reference to the burgeoning trend of people using their personal tablets, smartphones, etc., to complete various work tasks around the office), mobile device management and the ever-perplexing bugaboo of "end-user security awareness." As in, no, that very nice Nigerian prince doesn't actually need your bank account info.
Workplace warriors: Speaking of security, certification standard-bearer CompTIA recently followed a few holders of its CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) cert into the day-to-day workings of national defense. The certs-on-the-ground tour takes in Scott Air Force Base, the Deparment of Defense's Defense Security Service and the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry training support division at Fort Carson.
Members only: If you're on the inside with Microsoft, then there's a new tool available to help your forge ahead in your certification efforts. Microsoft Learning's Born to Learn blog is touting the company's new Certification Planner. Don't come knockin', however, a) if the Mystery Machine's a rockin' (good general rule), and b) if you are not already a Microsoft Certified Professional (in this specific instance).