Showing posts with label Certifications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Certifications. Show all posts

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Five IT Certifications that will take your Tech Career a step forward


Five IT Certifications that will take your Tech Career a step forward


Want to know which IT certifications will enhance your job profile and will take your tech career a step forward? Here, we have brought the top five IT certifications to boost up your career:
1. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA): CCNA certification validates a professional’s expertise in configuring, operating, and troubleshooting medium-level routed and switched networks. It also includes the validation and application of connections through distant sites using WAN.
Certification process: To become a CCNA certified, you need to pass a 90-minutes exam consisting of about 50-60 questions. The question format for this exam is multiple-choice, single-answer, drag and drop, fill in the blank and so on. The test costs around USD 295.
Job titles: Network engineer, network administrator, and systems administrator.
2. CompTIA A+: CompTIA A+ certification is an industrially recognized vendor-neutral certification designed to ensure knowledge and skills for entry-level IT professionals to configure, install, and maintain devices, PCs and software for end users, assemble components based on customer requirements, and so on.
Certification process: To become A+ certified, professionals have to pass two exams: 220-901 and 220-902. The question format for this exam is multiple choice and performance-based. The exam cost is approximately USD 200.
Job titles: In-home support specialist, desktop support technician, and help desk technician.
3. Network+: Network+ is a globally recognized credential designed to ensure technical knowledge required for foundation-level IT network practitioners to troubleshoot, manage, install, maintain, operate and configure basic network infrastructure, basic design principles, describe networking technologies, and adhere to wiring standards and use testing tools.
Certification process: To become a Network+ certified, professionals need to pass a 90-minutes exam consisting of 90 questions. The exam costs around USD 285.
Job titles: Helpdesk technician, information technology specialist, and information technology technician.
4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): ISC2 CISSP is an advanced-level certification designed to ensure skills and knowledge required for IT security professionals to engineer, implement, manage, and design the overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.
Certification process: The CISSP certification exam includes eight topics. It contains 250 questions which have to be completed in six hours. The exam cost is around USD 600.
Most common job titles: Information technology auditor, security analyst, information security analyst, and so on.
5. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification is designed to ensure proficiency and skills to use Windows Server, System Center, and other Microsoft technologies. The MCSE exam validates your ability to design systems and complex solutions, solve difficult problems requiring innovative resolutions, build and deploy, as well as operate, maintain and optimize Microsoft-based systems.
Certification process: The exam has a five-step process that contains various question formats such as multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and simulation problems. The exam costs around USD 150 regardless of the specialization.
Job titles: Systems administrator, field systems technician, and systems engineer.
So, what are you waiting for? Earning one of these top IT certifications will enhance your IT career and increase the job proficiency. Start your preparation now!



Friday, 9 June 2017

The five most desired certifications of 2017

The five most desired certifications of 2017


Being certified is the foolproof method to enhance your career a skills in the Information Technology industry. If you are one of those who considers certification as their career investment, then you must know which certifications are high in demand in 2017:



1. ISC)² CISSP: The (ISC)²’s CISSP certification is an industry recognized credential and is designed to certify the competency of IT professionals to design, engineer, implement, and manage the overall information security program of an organization. The CISSP exam tests the candidate’s understanding and knowledge in eight domains of the CISSP CBK, which are, Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Engineering, Communications and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, and Software Development Security.

According to (ISC)², as of October 2016, only 89,932 people hold the certification worldwide. Earlier this month, the PayScale.com surveyed a group of 3,872 CISSPs and found that their average yearly salary ranged from USD 54,820 to USD 152,311 depending on the candidate’s location, years of experience and job title.

2. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC): The CRISC certification exam incorporates four major risk subject areas: identification, assessment, control monitoring and reporting, and response and mitigation. If the professional is focused on working in this area or if he has experience in the area and wants to be certified, he must go for CRISC exam.

According to the data from Global Knowledge’s 2017 IT Skills and Salary Survey, the average annual salary of Information Systems Control certified is USD 131,298.

3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): ISACA CISA certification exam is intended for candidates interested in information systems audit, control, and security. This exam validates candidate’s experience and knowledge in the field of information assets protection; IT governance and management; systems audit; control and security and so on. CISA certification is a great benchmark for those who provide valuable services to an organization’s IT, legal, and accounting departments.

CISA is among the highest-paying IT certifications based on the 2016 IT Skills and Salary Report conducted by Global Knowledge, with an average yearly salary of USD 112,931.

4. Project Management Professional (PMP): PMP Certification is every IT professional’s choice because it helps them apply their knowledge across a variety of industries. The skills of professionals to apply project management principles provides them a solid foot in almost every industry and opens the opportunity for management level positions. As the demand for skilled project managers has increased, candidates who hold the PMP credential are well positioned to provide the professional skills necessary to lead project teams and achieve successful project results.

As per the 7th edition of PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey, which polled over 30,000 project managers from 29 different countries, the median annual salary for a Project Management Practitioner was USD 92,000.

5. EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH): Recent cyber attacks like ransomware, other cyber security threats have made various organizations to look for certified ethical hackers to penetrate networks and computer systems so that they find and fix security vulnerabilities. CEH Certification helps you in recognizing vulnerabilities and weaknesses within an organization or business’ network. The only difference is that instead of exploiting these security gaps, you will use the knowledge to safeguard an organization or business network and patch if there are any potential exposures.

According to the Payscale.com, the average annual salary of a Certified Ethical Hacker is USD 89,000.

So, get geared up now for any of the above-mentioned certification areas to enhance your career prospects and boost-up your pay-grade!


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

3 COMPTIA CERTIFICATION IN DEMAND

3 COMPTIA CERTIFICATION IN DEMAND



In 2016, more than 5.2 million IT jobs contributed to the U.S. economy with an additional 2 million new job postings throughout the year. Peruse those posts, and you’ll find three CompTIA certifications specifically cited as job requirements in thousands of listings: CompTIA Security+CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+.
CompTIA Security+
 CompTIA Security+ is the certification globally trusted to validate foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. As a benchmark for best practices in IT security, this certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.
In response to CompTIA’s IT Career Insights Survey, 93 percent of IT professionals said they regularly work with security and cyber security technology. Even more importantly, according to CompTIA’s Common IT Employability Skills study, 62 percent of hiring managers in the United States indicated that candidates “must have” these skills to be considered for the job. Hands-on and strategic involvement with security technology makes CompTIA Security+ certification, as well as the forthcoming CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) certification, a vital part of an IT career, whether you want to enhance your skills for an existing job or apply for a new one.
CompTIA A+
It’s a known fact that IT training helps employees advance in their careers. The CompTIA A+ certification is perfect for individuals new to the field and IT professionals in transition. Because it tests a candidate’s knowledge on all fields of information technology and not on one particular domain, the CompTIA A+ certification is typically given more weight than other vendor certifications.
More than 23,500 job postings in 2016 required applicants to have CompTIA A+ certification. Validating the IT skills required by the most common hardware, software and operating systems while remaining vendor neutral, CompTIA A+ has long been a  foundational certification for IT professionals.
CompTIA Network+
Finally, more than 18,000 jobs posted in 2016 required CompTIA Network+ certification, a vendor-neutral, worldwide networking accreditation that validates an IT professional’s ability to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot both wired and wireless networks. Considering 92 percent of IT professionals in the United States worked with this technology in 2016, CompTIA Network+ is a valuable certification for almost any job applicant.
Although most online job postings do not specifically list IT certification requirements, employers know IT pros with CompTIA certifications are more capable of succeeding in their careers.
When accreditations are preferred, CompTIA Security+ is the fourth-most-requested certification in job postings, behind Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Project Management Professional, and Cisco IT certifications. CompTIA A+ and Network+ ranked 8th and 11th, respectively, according to the Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights study.


Clearly, CompTIA professional certifications set job candidates apart in a competitive and constantly growing job market—one the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to grow 12 percent in the network and computer systems industry over the next seven years.

Friday, 7 April 2017

CompTIA A+ 220-901 - Pearson: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Cert Guide (Course & Labs)

CompTIA A+ 220-901 - Pearson: CompTIA A+ 220-901 Cert Guide (Course & Labs)



Gain hands-on expertise in CompTIA A+ certification exam by CompTIA A+ 220-901 course and performance-based labs. Performance based labs simulate real-world, hardware, software & command line interface environments and can be mapped to any text-book, course & training. CompTIA A+ exam is globally recognized, vendor-neutral exam designed for IT professionals. 220-901 exam covers network connectivity issues, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware, and PC hardware and peripherals.
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Four Things to Know About (ISC)² CCSP Exam


Four Things to Know About (ISC)² CCSP Exam

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) is the certification introduced by (ISC)²; in response to the rising popularity of the cloud and the corresponding security concerns that have developed along with it.
The Cloud Security Alliance, together with (ISC)², is the world’s leading nonprofits committed to cloud and information security. Backed by both these groups, CCSP credential signifies professionals with expertise and competency derived from hands-on experience with cyber, information, software and cloud computing infrastructure security.

1. Exam Information
The length of exam is 4 hours and it contains 125 multiple choice questions. The passing grade is 700 out of 1000. The language of the exam is english and is taken by Pearson Vue Testing Center. The exam objective covers architectural concepts & design requirements, cloud data security, cloud platform & infrastructure security, cloud application security, operations, legal & compliance.

2. CCSP is for whom?
For earning this certification, you must have at least five years of experience which includes three years working in information security and one in the field of cloud computing. Moreover, the individual must have spent one year working in one of the following six CCSP domains:
         Cloud Data Security
         Architecture and Design
         Operations
         Infrastructure Security
         Application Security
         Compliance

3. The Earning Potential
It’s tough to signify how much a CCSP certification is worth. Mostly, it depends on what kind of work you do and where you’re working from.
Nevertheless, in UK, for example, 90% of the jobs posted for CCSP professionals across IT Jobs Watch paid at least $73,000. The other 10% started at $103,000. That’s up by 2.32% over the past year and more than 40% if you go back to 2015. Moreover, the demand for these jobs is clearly on an upward track as well.

4. CCSP Certification objective
The main benefit of CCSP certification is that you will develop an unparalleled competence in cloud security.The following are the job opportunities after CCSP but they are not limited:
         Security Manager
         Systems Engineer
         Systems Architect
         Security Engineer
         Security Architect
         Security Consultant
         Enterprise Architect
         Security Administrator
No doubt this certification can do wonders to your job resume!

Monday, 20 February 2017

TOP 5 CERTIFICATION COURSES TO BOOST YOUR SALARY


5 CERTIFICATION COURSES TO BOOST YOUR SALARY
5 CERTIFICATION COURSES TO BOOST YOUR SALARY

Everyone's looking for ways to advance his or her career. This is particularly true in today's technology world where everything changes at a rapid pace, making it easy for skills to become outdated and you to be left behind. So how can you make sure to avoid that skills gap and stay ahead of the competition?

One of the easiest and best way to keep a competitive edge is to have that most up-to-date It certifications. IT certification can open up  new doors in your career and increase your pay. Check out 5 most popular IT certifications that can result in highest paying job:

1. Project Management Professional (PMP)

PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is an international, industry-recognized credential designed to ensure skills and knowledge required for project managers to initiate, plan projects, develop budget plans, execute plans. PMI-PMP exam objectives:
  • Initiating the project
  • Planning the project
  • Executing the project
  • Monitoring and controlling the project
  • Closing the project
The PMI-PMP training validates work experience and knowledge of project management to lead and direct project teams and deliver project results within the constraints of schedule, budget, and resources.

Holders of the Project Management Professional certificate, the survey said, bring in an average salary of $116,094, up from $109,405 last year.

It is the most recognized project management certification available, with more than 658,000 PMPs around the globe.

2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is an advanced-level certification designed  to ensure skills and knowledge required for IT security professionals to engineer, implement, manage, and design the overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks. CISSP exam objectives:

-Asset security
-Security operations
-Security engineering
-Security and risk management
-Software development security
-Security assessment and testing
-Identity and access management
-Communication and network security

CISSP training validates work experience and knowledge in various domains such as access control, application security, cryptography, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, IS and risk management, operations security, physical security, security architecture and design, telecommunications and network security, and legal, regulations, compliance and investigations.

According to the survey, holders of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) bring in an average salary of $121,923, up from $110,603 last year.

There are nearly 104,000 CISSPs worldwide, with approximately two-thirds of them in the United States.

3. Certified Information Security Manager

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is a certification for information security managers awarded by ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association).
The intent of the certification is to provide a common body of knowledge for information security management. The CISM focuses on information risk management as the basis of information security. It also includes material on broader issues such as how to govern information security as well as on practical issues such as developing and managing an information security program and managing incidents.

Holders of the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) bring in an average salary of $122,291, the survey found, up from $118,348 last year.

CISM is aimed at management and focuses on security strategy and assessing the systems and policies in place. It is not intended for IT professionals and others who are actually responsible for the implementation of policies using a particular vendor’s platform.

The certification requires at least five years of IS experience, with at least three of those as a security manager. More than 27,000 people have been certified in CISM since it was introduced in 2002.
The exam is only offered three times a year.

4. Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification is designed to ensure proficiency and skills to operate, troubleshoot, and install a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. The CCNA exam validates ability in various fields such as: routing and switching essentials, scaling networks, and connecting networks, and introduction to networks.

CCNA training program certifies aptitude and expertise in the areas of: Network Technician, Support Engineer, Network Administrator, and Network Engineer.

Holders of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Data Center bring in an average salary of $107,045, according to Global Knowledge’s survey, up from $94,803 last year.

5. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH):

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification is a vendor-neutral, mid-level credential designed for skilled professionals to reflect latest developments in the domain, focus on hacking techniques and technology from an offensive perspective, include new hacking techniques. CEH certification program authenticates skills and knowledge of professional in 18 domains. CEH exam objectives:

-Sniffing
-Enumeration
-Cryptography
-SQL Injection
-System Hacking
-Malware Threats
-Denial of Service
-Session Hijacking
-Cloud Computing
-Scanning Networks
-Social Engineering
-Hacking Web servers
-Hacking Mobile Platforms
-Hacking Web Applications
-Hacking Wireless Networks

CEH training program demonstrates mastery in common exploits, vulnerabilities using hacker techniques and tools and represents detailed contributions from security experts, academicians, industry practitioners and the security community.


Holders of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification bring in an average salary of $103,297, according to the survey, up from $95,155 last year.

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