Press Pass: A ghost in the machine, test-taking tips and more
Certification Magazine — Oct. 21, 2013
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.
Little pig, little pig, let me come in: In a world that offers us Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19 — arrr! ) and National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day (today, in case you've been waiting for a good excuse to sweep away all those old install shortcuts and saved-to-desktop documents and photos), it should come as no surprise that October is this or that national month. It's a particularly dangerous time for waistline watchers, what with pizza, pork, sausage and doughnuts all laying claim to the calendar (to say nothing of Halloween), as well as a season to, among many other activities, celebrate the arts and humanities, promote awareness of breast cancer and LGBT history, and salute Polish American Heritage.
More importantly for IT types, if you still the mental bandwith to add to your All Things October checklist, it's also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — we'll pause here for everybody to update their passwords and antivirus protection programs. After that's all taken care of, if you enjoy a good spooky story (just in time for Halloween, no less), then you'll enjoy perusing IT governance group ISACA's slideshow presentation of the most famous advanced persistent threats (APTs) in computing history. The list includes Moonlight Maze, Titan Rain and — oooooo, happy haunting — the famous GhostNet cyberespionage operation that may or may not have been unleashed by Chinese government hackers.
Addition by addition: There's no time like a major international business conference to announce your latest corporate power play. With clients and vendors in attendance from across Europe, virtualization and cloud infrastructure giant VMware used its VMworld Europe event to announce the acquisition of Desktone, a trailblazer in the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) arena. Boston-based Desktone, launched in 2007, has been on the leading edge of cloud migration. No financial details were disclosed, but VMware, founded in 1998, probably didn't have to reach too far into its relatively deep pockets. The company announced revenues of $4.6 billiion last year.
Cool as a cucumber on E-day: Grizzled veterans of certification probably have plenty of their own means and ways of coping with the anxiety of the next big certification exam. Plenty of test takers, on the other hand, are first-timers, or maybe have only one or two exams under their belts, or possibly are the proverbial old dog thinking about finally picking up a few new tricks. If you're contemplating a new certification but wondering how to beef up your preparation, then there's good advice available from Cisco Learning Network blogger Gary Pfitzer. Pfitzer's addressing himself to people aiming at Cisco certifications, but his six tips can be applied to any certification path you're following.
But did he get a free T-shirt?: The numbers aren't quite up to McDonald's levels (billions and billions served), but accomplishing a million of anything is noteworthy, right? Enterprise cloud computing bigwig Salesforce.com began offering online training in July 2011 to help people prepare for its certification exams. Earlier this month, the company passed a significant milestone when IT cost reduction expert Eric Heenan became the millionth individual to complete a Salesforce.com online training course.
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