2019 in Review: Most popular articles 11 through 20
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January 1, 2020
Out of all the content to appear at CertMag.com in 2019, which were our most popular articles?

There is a deep well of IT certification content here at CertMag.com, and each year it gets a little deeper. With new articles four days a week most weeks during the year, that's roughly 200 new articles every year. Some are articles previously published in Certification Magazine, but about three-quarters of what you get here on the website is original content.

No doubt there are some of you out there who read everything that shows up here. (Or at least we hope there's no doubt of that. And if you really are one of those hardcore CertMag readers, then gold star for you. We'd like to shake your hand and buy you a drink.) The average drop-in visitor, however, probably doesn't get even a real taste of everything that shows up here in a calendar year.

That's why recaps like this are so helpful. There's no need to wonder what you've missed: Other visitors to the site have already voted with their mouse clicks, and curated a list of the most compelling articles to appear on the site in 2019. We're going to do this in three installments, comprising the 30 most-read new articles of the year.

Today we're bringing you our second installment, our most popular articles of 2019, nos. 11 through 20:

11) An overview of Amazon Web Services certifications, Part 2: "Each certification exam at this level is currently $300 and good for two years (recertification exams are priced at $75). While there is no limit on the number of times you can take an exam until you pass, there is a required waiting period of 14 days between attempts." (by Emmett Dulaney)

12) Nine pitfalls to avoid on your path to certification: "I've watched countless students launch into a certification effort with enthusiasm, driven by the desire to land a promotion, a New Year's resolution, or a plan to change careers. Their first stop is often Amazon, where they load up on certification books and practice exams." (by Mike Chapple)

13) Six technology trends that could shape 2019: "As Elon Musk discovered at Tesla, instead of speeding up production, total automation did the opposite. Popular science fiction notwithstanding, we're still at the stage of robotics where everything a robot does has to be programmed in advance by a human being." (by Reena Ghosh)

14) Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP): "All but a handful of the CCSP holders we heard from are men (95.6 percent), with only a very small group of women participating. The CCSP crowd is mostly made up of people on the downhill side of middle age, with 44.4 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 45 and 54, and 17.3 percent between the ages of 55 and 64." (by CertMag Staff)

15) Test your knowledge of Kali Linux topics: "How well do you know Kali? Both the exam and most training courses are based on the book Kali Linux Revealed: Mastering the Penetration Testing Distribution, and you are strongly encouraged to study it thoroughly before registering for the test." (by Emmett Dulaney)

16) With proper preparation, anyone can pass a certification exam: "The exam designers at Microsoft — like those at most other IT certification vendors, actually — divide their content into functional groups (the top-level headings), objective domains (the second-level headings) and individual objectives." (by Timothy Warner)

17) Job Profile: Become a cybersecurity engineer: "You may have heard, for example, about a penetration test — in which a team or individual is paid to expose security vulnerabilities by finding and exploiting then — along these lines: Testers dropped USBs drives containing malicious code all over the grounds of the client company. Employees would pick these USBs up and, out of curiosity, use company computers to check their content." (by Nathan Kimpel )

18) It's time to subtract from CompTIA's A+: "The history of the A+ certification is a story of two different exams: one exam focused on computer hardware, and a second exam based on computer software. In order to be awarded an A+ certification, candidates have always had to pass both exams; there has never been any sort of recognition for passing only one of the A+ exams." (by Aaron Axline)

19) Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on CompTIA CySA+: "CySA+ is one of this survey's few certifications (there are two or three every year) to post a perfect score on the employment front: 100 percent of CySA+-certified survey respondents are employed full-time. In terms of hours worked each week, 45.7 percent of those surveyed put in between 41 and 50 hours per week, while 31.4 percent have a standard 40-hour work week." (by CertMag Staff)

20) All-girl Alabama cybersecurity skills squad a force to be reckoned with: "Team SmurfAttack is comprised of four intelligent and charming young women, each with impressive IT skills and promising futures. Together they hold an impressive 17 IT certifications and they are working on more. All are involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, including as the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the school's computer club." (by Calvin Harper)

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