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Mike Chapple

The pros and cons of using AI tools to prepare for your next certification exam

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are everywhere. From students preparing for their final exams to bloggers looking for content ideas, a wide variety of people are turning to tools like ChatGPT to help them ...

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Is certification a reliable means of learning new IT skills and concepts?

Earning a technology certification requires some significant investments of both money and time. Candidates purchase study materials, pay tuition for training programs, and renew certifications with ...

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Becoming a data security administrator is a great pathway into cybersecurity

In a recent survey of Chief Information Officers, 88 percent reported that cybersecurity initiatives were on their shortlist of priorities for 2019. That's an astounding figure that cuts across industries and ...

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Nine pitfalls to avoid on your path to certification

Over the past two decades, I've helped thousands of people earn cybersecurity certifications through my books, video courses, and online study groups. During that time, I've watched many people succeed, but ...

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A rebooted CCSP certification exam is coming

In just a few short months, the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification offered by IT security professional association (ISC)² will undergo its first refresh since hitting the market ...

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Certification is more than just a career gateway

Aspiring IT professionals recognize that technical certifications are an excellent way to break into a new career where they lack employment experience. But what about skilled professionals seeking ...

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SSCP certification a solid point of entry for aspiring security professionals

The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification is the lesser-known cousin of the more famous Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP) credential. Both programs ...

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An old exam format is making an IT certification comeback

In a quiet announcement last year, cybersecurity industry association (ISC)² made a major change to its long-established flagship testing program. Starting in December of 2017, the Certified Information ...

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Why certify? One man's journey from learner to leader to educator

I recently hit a major career milestone: 20 years of working in and around the IT field. As I reflect on that time, it occurs to me that I've held a wide variety of IT certifications during those two decades and ...

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2017 in Review: The top cybersecurity news stories

2017 was quite a year in the world of cybersecurity! From the politicization of cyberwarfare to several major data breaches, hardly a week went by that cybersecurity issues didn't appear on the front pages ...

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