Wednesday, 21 February 2018

What are CompTIA Stackable Certifications?

What are CompTIA Stackable Certifications?

CompTIA Stackable Certifications launched in early 2018 and recognise professionals that have achieved multiple CompTIA certifications.

Monday, 19 February 2018

How Apprentices are Protecting the World’s Largest Broadcaster from Cyber Crime [Case study]

With common threats to broadcasting companies including piracy and broadcast signal intrusion, as well as personal information hacking and ransomware, the BBC is protecting its staff and audience from cyber-attacks through accelerated learning
As part of its plan to protect against cyber-attacks, the BBC is choosing to upskill and grow its cyber security skills through apprenticeships.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Firebrand shortlisted for Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2018

As part of the Inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards, Firebrand Training has been shortlisted for the Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year.

Friday, 2 February 2018

PenTest+ Your Guide to CompTIA's New Penetration Testing Certification

Pentest+ Penetration Testing Certification Guide

This summer, CompTIA will introduce the PenTest+ certification, a new intermediate level cyber security qualification and exam to complement their existing security portfolio.

Friday, 26 January 2018

10 Best Entry-Level IT Certifications to Launch Your Career in 2018

10 Best Entry level IT certifications for 2018

Getting certified is a proven way to advance your career in the IT industry. Whether you’ve recently finished an IT apprenticeship, are a university graduate or completely new to IT, a certification will prove your skills to managers and employers. But with thousands of certifications on the market, which should you achieve?

Monday, 15 January 2018

The 5 Best CCNA Books for Exam Revision in 2018

Best CCNA Certification Books

[Updated: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2018]

The CCNA is a challenging certification and a rite of passage for thousands of networking professionals across the globe. Achieve the CCNA certification and you’ll be on track for a rewarding career in networking and a £40,000 salary (ITJobsWatch).

The CCNA certification also qualifies you for advanced Cisco Career Certifications, like the CCNP: Routing and Switching. These certifications will further prove your skills and help you to achieve some of the top roles in networking.

To get the CCNA: Routing and Switching certification, you’ll need to pass two exams:

  • Exam 100-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 v3.0 (ICND1)
  • Exam 200-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 v3.0 (ICND2)

And whether you’re a networking professional or a newbie, revision is essential to pass these exams. To help you pass your CCNA exam first time, we’ve compiled a list of the best CCNA books for 2018:

  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide Library (2016)
  • 101 Labs for the Cisco CCNA Exam: Exam - 200-125 and 100-105
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide
  • 31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing & Switching Exam

Read on for an in-depth review of the top 5 best CCNA books for exam revision, chosen by Firebrand Training.

The 5 Best CEH Certification Books For 2018

CEH Certification Books

Updated: this article was updated for 2018

Cyber attacks are now among the top threats to businesses and consumers globally. Businesses need professionals with the CEH certification, but achieving this hacking qualification requires skill and determination.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Meet the apprentice fighting cybercrime at the BBC

The BBC and its 120-strong IT workforce has, for the first time, enrolled new recruits like Abraham Gordon, Cyber Security Analyst, onto Firebrand’s apprenticeship programmes to ensure they are protecting themselves against cyber-crime fast.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2018

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2018 Header Image

2018 is your opportunity to build new skills, expand your knowledge and get certified – but how do you decide what certifications you should achieve?

Monday, 18 December 2017

Firebrand named Top 20 IT Training Company for the eighth time!

Firebrand wins Top 20 IT Training Company 2018

We’re proud to announce that Firebrand Training has been named among the Top 20 IT Training Companies for the eight successive time. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

10 Fantastic Benefits of Scrum Master Certification

10 Fantastic Benefits of Scrum Master Certification

Scrum is a simple framework that emphasises teamwork, communications and speed across complex projects. It allows teams to self-organise and make changes quickly, in line with agile principles.

Friday, 24 November 2017

10 Best Six Sigma Books For 2018

Best Six Sigma Books
Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to eliminate defects in any business process. From application development to manufacturing, the right implementation of Six Sigma can help you to improve processes by finding and removing the causes of errors.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Firebrand instructor, Dave Petts, wins Cisco Instructor Excellence Award 2017

Cisco Instructor Excellence Award

Firebrand’s expert instructor, Dave Petts, was recently acknowledged as among the top 25% of Cisco instructor’s in the world. Upon winning the Cisco Instructor Excellence Award, Dave was recognised for providing the highest quality of Cisco training for Firebrand. This marks the fifth time Dave has received the award.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

13 Data Protection Officer (DPO) Practice Exam Questions

Data Protection Officer Practice Exam Questions
When GDPR becomes law on May 25, 2018, businesses across the UK must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to monitor their GDPR compliance.

5 Tips to Help You Pass Your Six Sigma Green Belt Exam

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Exam Tips
The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification introduces managers to process improvement, waste minimisation and value maximisation. This certification is aimed at professionals with an interest or business-need for process improvement techniques.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Firebrand wins EC-Council ATC of The Year Award 2017

Firebrand Wins EC-Council ATC of the Year
As part of the annual EC-Council Global Awards, Firebrand Training has been named Accredited Training Centre of The Year 2017. This marks the ninth successive year we’ve been named ATC of The Year by EC-Council.

Friday, 27 October 2017

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Exam Tips

PRINCE2 2017 Exam Tips

PRINCE2 is the most popular and widely adopted project management framework in the world (Project Smart, 2015). Constructed from experience of thousands of academics, trainers and contractors this framework is formed by best practice guidelines any PRINCE2 certified project manager can understand and implement.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

6 GDPR Exam Questions - Test and Practice Your Knowledge

GDPR Exam Questions

Up to 67% of IT professionals in UK businesses are unprepared for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on 25th May 2018, revealed Spiceworks’ “IT data Snapshot” survey.

Friday, 20 October 2017

TOGAF Exam: 10 Tips You Need to Know

TOGAF Exam Tips

Pass the TOGAF exam and you’ll prove you know how to implement the world’s most reliable enterprise architecture (EA). By using TOGAF in your organisation, you’ll be able to develop an EA that’s flexible, consistent and employs the best practices.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

10 Tips To Pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-740 Exam

MCSA 70-740 Exam Tips

Microsoft’s 70 740 exam: Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016 is the first of three exams you must pass to get MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certified.

SSCP vs CISSP - Which Certification Is Right For You?


Deciding between the CISSP and SSCP can be confusing. We’re aiming to clarify the difference between the two and help you make the right decision when it comes to achieving your next (ISC)² certification.

10 Tips to Pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-410 Exam

MCSA 70-410 Exam Tips

Microsoft’s MCSA 70 410 exam, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, is exam one of three you must pass to achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

More Microsoft Exam Retirements in 2017 and 2018

Microsoft Exam Retirements

If you’re pursuing a Microsoft certification in 2017, pay close attention: you may be chasing a soon-to-be-retired exam. In the past 12 months, Microsoft exam and certification pathways have been in a constant state of change with a total of 55 exams and 17 certifications retired.

Friday, 6 October 2017

5 Tips For CEH Exam Preparation (v9)

CEH Exam Tips

Updated: this article was updated for 2017

IT security breaches hit the headlines every month and these massive hacks are extremely costly to businesses and their customers.

TalkTalk’s infamous security breach discovered in 2015, was estimated to cost £35m – and that’s not to mention the irreparable reputation damage. In response to these hacks, security is now the top priority for businesses and demand for IT security pros has soared. Among them, Ethical Hackers are the often the most sought after.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

5 Top Cyber Security Certifications To Get Before 2017 Ends

Top Cyber Security Certifications
The security industry is ready for another strong year, are you? Demand for permanent cyber security roles has increased by more than 50% since Q4 2015, boosted by explosive growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the introduction of GDPR in 2018.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PECB UK Reseller of the Year 2017 won by Firebrand Training

Firebrand Wins PECB UK Reseller of the Year

Firebrand is proud to have been recognised as the PECB UK Reseller of the Year 2017. The award recognises Firebrand as a training provider that has outperformed its peers and provided excellent customer satisfaction.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

10 Tips to Pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-741 Exam

MCSA 70-741 Exam Tips

Microsoft’s 70-741 exam: Networking with Windows Server 2016 is the second of three exams you must pass to achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Ditch the Degree: 6 Unlikely IT Careers That Don’t Require University

Ditch The Degree
You don’t need a university degree to achieve a career in IT. In fact, with the rise of IT apprenticeships, university might not be the best way for you to get a high-powered career in technology.

Whether you received the results you wanted or not, university isn’t the only option. An IT apprenticeship will get you into work with top employers and give you the qualifications you need faster than university.

You might be surprised what careers are available to you with an IT apprenticeship. Here are 6 eye opening IT careers that don’t require a university degree.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Top 10 TOGAF Resources You Don’t Need to Pay For

TOGAF Resources
Achieving the TOGAF certification proves you’re among the top enterprise architects. Demand is soaring for TOGAF; the average salary for a certified TOGAF professional is £70,000 (according to data from ITJobsWatch).

Before you enter the enterprise architecture elite, you’ll need to pass two tough TOGAF exams – Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation and Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified. These exams are challenging and TOGAF revision is essential.

The Open Group

Luckily, there are ways to prepare for your exam with TOGAF resources that won’t cost you a penny. This is a list of the top 10 TOGAF resources you don't have to pay for:

  • The Open Arch - TOGAF Exam simulator
  • Orbus Software - TOGAF 9 in pictures
  • Orbus Software - TOGAF Distilled
  • TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions - Chris Eaton
  • TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions - Udayan Banerjee
  • Official TOGAF courseware
  • Official TOGAF Reference Cards
  • Enterprise Architecture for Dummies
  • TOGAF 9.1 Quick Start Guide for IT Enterprise Architects
  • Frequently Asked Questions about TOGAF

From exam simulators to eBooks, make the most of these free resources and you’ll be in a better position to pass your TOGAF 9.1 exam first time. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

10 CompTIA A+ Revision Resources To Pass First Time

A+ Certification Revision Resources

The CompTIA A+ certification is widely regarded as an essential starting point for a career in IT and over one million IT professionals around the world have achieved it.

Developed by CompTIA, the A+ is supported by major corporations - Dell, HP and Lenovo require their service technicians to be A+ certified and it’s even supported by government branches like the US Department of Defence.

But to achieve this cornerstone certification, you’ll need to pass two challenging exams: CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902. Even if you are an experienced professional, it’s still worth undertaking CompTIA A+ revision before you sit your exam. If you’re new to IT, studying is essential.

To make sure you pass your exam first time, we’ve collected a list 10 CompTIA A+ revision resources:

  • Professor Messer
  • PC Technician – Free A+ Practice Tests
  • CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide
  • ProProfs Study Resources
  • Firebrand Learn
  • A+ Certification All-In-One For Dummies
  • Official CompTIA A+ Practice Exams
  • Official Free CompTIA A+ Sample Questions
  • RM Roberts Study Guides and Practice Tests
  • TechExams CompTIA A+ forums

Reads on for a comprehensive list of the 10 CompTIA A+ revision resources you need to achieve a first time pass.

Onsite ISACA exams now included on accelerated Firebrand courses

Onsite ISACA Exams

Firebrand’s ISACA courses are getting accelerated, again. From 1 August 2017, you’ll be able to sit your official ISACA exam onsite on these courses:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – 4 days
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – 4 days
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) – 3 days
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) – 3 days

And with Firebrand’s Certification Guarantee, if you don’t pass your ISACA exam first time you’ll be able to train again for free.

Friday, 28 July 2017

5 Ways To Conquer Your IT Recruitment And Training Strategy With Apprenticeships

UK businesses could gain an additional £18bn revenue from apprenticeships, Government research reveals. With over 665,000 individuals already started apprenticeships since 2015, the UK Government has accelerated its apprenticeship reforms in England, with new legislation like the Apprenticeship Levy making apprenticeships an irresistible solution for organisations with inefficient recruitment and training budgets.

Current employers are enjoying the financial and practical benefits of IT apprenticeships, and are also taking advantage of the rewards offered by the Government by doing so. Apprenticeships are helping improve IT training and recruitment strategies for small and large employers – here’s how your business can take advantage of the benefits...

Monday, 10 July 2017

Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure Stack announced at Inspire 2017

Today at their Microsoft Partner Conference, Inspire, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft 365 – a new set of commercial offerings bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower companies and all workers, recognising that people are at the heart of digital transformation,” writes Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

Two new offerings were introduced at the Inspire event. Designed for large organisations, Microsoft 365 Enterprise combines Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a single subscription.

The second offering, Microsoft 365 Business, is designed for small-to-medium enterprises (SME). It supports 300 users and integrates office 365 Business Premium with the tailored management and security features found in Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 Business is available in public preview from 2 August 2017.

For a closer look at Microsoft 365, take a look at this blog from Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure stack now available to order

Microsoft kicked off Inspire with the launch of Microsoft Azure Stack, which allows businesses to host their own hybrid cloud. Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure that brings the flexibility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to an on premise environment.

As hardware partners, Dell, HP and Lenovo are now creating integrated systems to run Azure Stack and hosts apps on hardware alongside a business’ current infrastructure. The first Azure Stack systems are now available to order.

For businesses, professionals and contractors set to take advantage of Azure stack, this is the ideal time to sharpen Azure skills.

Build and prove your knowledge of Microsoft Azure Stack through the organisation’s well-supported training and certification programme for Azure technology.