Monday, 19 December 2011

Get Certified To Get More in Life...

Since certifications came into recognition, there have been some who have debated whether certifications are worth pursuing or not.

Statistics have proved time and again that certs lead to promotions and raises. A survey of 700 networking professionals in tells what we already know – 60% of professionals said that their certifications led to a new job, 56% said they got raise, and about 29% said they got a promotion with their company.

Certifications from vendors such as Microsoft and Cisco have always been in demand. Recent certs which have come in recognition are the Project Management certifications like PMP and PRINCE2.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Firebrand NORDICS Wins Awards...

We’re delighted to announce that Firebrand Training NORDICS has again been named as a Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year. In only three years of existence, Firebrand NORDICS has won this award twice. We’ve also retained our Training Partner of the Year awards from EC-Council and (ISC)2.

Over 30,000 professionals have trained with us. The reason?  Frank Højgaard, Managing Director, explains: It is fantastic to receive awards and recognition from Microsoft. Thousands of students have experienced Accelerated Learning with Firebrand Training, and it has proven a massive success in the Nordics. We gain feedback from each of our students, and there is a clear trend in why they continue to recommend us. This includes: saving both time and money, being able to focus 100% on learning in our distraction-free environment, and leaving the course with a guaranteed certification. The award confirms that this is a winning combination.”

One example of how fast we are is the 12 day Microsoft MCTS/MCITP Enterprise & Server Administrator course. Traditional training would take 51 business days overall. We’re 400% faster. Firebrand saves the customer 41 business days. One can get both the certs in just 10 business days.

A Microsoft spokesperson said: "Firebrand Training is growing rapidly and is focusing on having Microsoft as a strategic business partner. The professional and flexible approach has played a role in ensuring excellent results. This has benefitted both the customer and Microsoft."

Is Your Password "Password"?

This year Sony, Nintendo and even the CIA’s security was breached. But some things refuse to change.

Splashdata reports the 25 worst passwords of 2011. Top of the list is “password”. How many of us have been guilty of that one?

Five worst passwords of 2011...
  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123

Some tips on how to improve your password:
  • Use at least eight characters - numbers, letters and special characters.
  • Use unique passwords/usernames for different websites. Try using an online password manager to keep track.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 8

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin's final day at Firebrand Training centre - he passes the exam. He is a CompTIA A+/Network+ certified professional.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 7

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin's final day before the exam, after which he can return to "normal life"

Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Saturday (Day 7)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 6

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin slogs through another 12 hour day, as he gets used to having classes after dinner.

Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Friday (Day 6)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 5

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin passes the A+ exam, and immediately starts preparing for N+.

Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Thursday (Day 5)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 4

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Day 4: More studying, preparing for the exam the next day...

Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Wednesday (Day 4)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 3

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin gets used to the life at Firebrand's training environment on day 3...

Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Tuesday (Day 3)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 2

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin attends his first lecture with Firebrand. He experiences what 12 hour days are all about and what we mean when we say our training is 'intense'...

Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Monday (Day 2)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 1

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.

Martin reached our training centre in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire on Sunday evening. He talks about how he mentally prepares himself for a 7 day marathon study session...

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Now Hacking Can Kill...

Hundreds of the world’s hackers descended on Miami for Hacker Halted 2011. The reason? To learn about the latest hacks that will hit your IT systems in the coming months.

Firebrand was on a fact-finding mission, to add the latest techniques to the world’s most popular Ethical Hacking course. Below lists the some of the most shocking stats from the conference.

2,000,000 – the number of new malicious websites detected every month
100,000 – the number of new malware screened every day 400% - the rise in Android mobile malware compared to 2010 £50m – the estimated global cost of the Zeus trojan virus
110 – average days to fix a security vulnerability on a website 44% - percentage of the world’s websites that have a serious security exposure every day of the year 70% - percentage of IT professionals and chief executives that say mobile computing is now the biggest threat to IT security

Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training says: “The stats from Hacker Halted are a reminder that we’re all more vulnerable than ever. There are thousands of new threats every day, and there currently aren’t enough ‘cyber defenders’ to deal with them.”

“The scary thing is that it’s not always about money. One hacker demonstrated how a wireless insulin pump could effectively be used to deliver fatal injections. It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. But it’s here now, and it’s very real.”

Monday, 14 November 2011

Security Spend to Increase by 40%

Gartner has predicted that corporate spending across the world on security services will increase by about 40%. It has said that it'll reach up to $49 billion in three years, with the managed security services expected to jump most of all. The current spend is $35 billion.

Managed security services called "IT management" will grow from about $8 billion today to $14.8 billion in 2015. Other areas, such as security consulting, are also expected to increase, with consulting rising from $9.6 billion today to $12.1 billion in 2015.

IT Security is hot on its heels. Get your Security certifications now. Firebrand's award winning EC-Council and (ISC)2 courses will kick start your career in security.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Is Your Smartphone Ready?

One of the most vulnerable segments to emerge out of the rapid technology growth is the emergence of smartphones and the 'risk' they bring along with themselves.

More and more people now prefer to browse internet on their phones. From Facebook to their emails to internet banking, people are doing it all on their smartphones.

But are the smartphones really prepraed?

A national computer security campaign is urging smartphone users to protect themselves from unintentionally downloading malware applications. Get Safe Online has revealed that their has been an increase in the smartphone malware as the market has grown.

The frauds are very sophisticated. Apps which can generate cash secretly, without the user realising it, until they see their monthly bill, have been created and are a threat to the smartphone users.

Symantec has warned Android users that their phones were at risk and that they had found at least six varieties of malicious software.

Firebrand has taught complete amateurs how to hack, in as less as 15 minutes.

Our 5 day Certified Ethical Hacking course teaches you to become a "cyber ninja" in just 5 days. 

Minister for Cyber Security Francis Maude said: "More and more people are using their smartphone to transmit personal and financial information over the internet, whether it's for online banking, shopping or social networking.

"Research from Get Safe Online shows that 17% of smartphone users now use their phone for money matters and this doesn't escape the notice of criminals."

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

UK tops the way for hiring Cloud Professionals

A European Online Employment Report by Elance has revealed that UK is leading the way when it comes to hiring and managing in the cloud.

UK has witnessed a 55% increase in the hiring of web freelancers, since Q3 2010, according to the report. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Women in Technology - Mobile Computing Biggest Threat to IT Security

Monday, 7 November 2011

Sony, Nintendo and now Adidas. Is Your Company Next?

A couple weeks ago we wrote about the second cyber-attack on Sony and how they learned from their lesson. The German Sportswear company Adidas had to take their website content offline after suffering from what they describe as a "sophisticated, criminal cyber-attack". Millions of user’s details were compromised and as soon as Adidas discovered the incident they had put extra security measures in place to protect their visitors.

In a statement Adidas has: 

"Nothing is more important to us than the privacy and security of our consumers' personal data," 

"We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time".

The news follows a series of attacks against Sony earlier in the year and 29 chemicals firms were last week reported to be targeted for a series of cyber-attacks. Once again this illustrates how sophisticated and dangerous these attacks have become.

Companies have started taking their security very seriously now, and with the big names' security being breached, it is inevitable they'll be more stringent in the future. The demand for certified ethical hackers will rise, as they'll look to combat the looming threat of hackers.

Our Certified Ethical Hacking course trains professionals as "cyber defenders" in 5 days.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Internet Explorer Not Hot Enough Anymore

Since its inception in the mid 90’s Microsoft Internet Explorer has claimed more than 50% of the web’s traffic. Now though after more than a decade Internet Explorer is no longer the preferred browser choice for people.

Microsoft’s browser’s share currently stands at 49.6 %, which is mostly due to its almost non-existence presence of mobile and tablet markets, which according to makes up for 6 % of web traffic. Safari currently has 62.17% of mobile traffic, contributing to Internet Explorer’s diminishing share. 

Firefox is the second most favored web browser with 21.20% of traffic, trailed by Google Chrome, which has 16.60 % and Safari, which accounts for 8.72 %. As time goes by Internet Explorer’s competitors are continuously increasing their shares. The question now is, can Microsoft regain the lost shares or are they slowly but surely phasing out of our lives?

Fact is though Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still claims more web traffic than Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari combined. So the next question is, will any of the three ever claim the same position that the Internet Explorer has had for over a decade?     

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

600,000 Facebook Accounts 'Compromised' Every Day

Facebook is the largest social network in the world. It is the third biggest "country", after China and India. As it stands, it has 800 million active users. Facebook has time and again come under heat for security and privacy concerns. has reported that 600,000 Facebook contacts are compromised everyday. Facebook tries to defend itself, by saying "only 0.06 percent of 1 billion logins per day are compromised". No matter how you look at it, 600,000 isn't a small number. These "compromised accounts" then set the foundation for misbehavious, cyber bullying, scams and other cyber criminals.

One should protect their accounts better to ensure that we're not one of the "600,000" accounts to get compromised.

Note: Facebook wants it known that these accounts weren’t hacked or compromised on Facebook itself, they are compromised off site, such as through phishing scams, for example.

Monday, 31 October 2011

What Does it take to be a succesful Project Manager?

The success of any project is down to good project management. If a project is not managed well, it could lead to exceeding the budget and going beyond the deadline. Lots of businesses face difficulties because they are unable to manage projects. It is vital for the success of the project that the person managing it is qualified for the job.

An ideal project manager must be detail oriented, analytical, understand the requirements of the project and ensure that those involved in the project are motivated and committed. Some people already possess these skills and are able to lead a project; others need to be trained in them. 

Having a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification validates that you have the experience, training and skills to successfully to manage projects.

According to the PMI Salary Survey — Sixth Edition, most people who are trained and certified in PMP have increased their marketability to employers and have a 10% higher salary than your non-credentialed colleagues and peers.   

Read more about Firebrand’s Project Management Professional (PMP) course

Friday, 28 October 2011

IT Skills Demanded for 2012

29% of IT Executives plan to increase their IT staff through next summer, Computerworld’s annual forecast survey has revealed. The number is up from 23% in 2010. 

The major skills that stood out from the survey are:

- Project Management – The demand for Project Managers has been on the rise in the recent years. But this time round, IT Executives want PMs which can identify users’ needs and translate it for the IT staff, the popular business analysts. The major courses for Project Management Certification are PMP and PRINCE2.

- Networking – Virtualisation and Cloud Computing have acted as a catalyst in increasing the demand for Networking.

- Security – Security remains a top priority for IT executives, as hacks become more and more sophisticated, making our systems look ever so vulnerable.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

University Applications Fall

The number of UK-born university applications for September 2012, have fallen by about 12%, UCAS figures reveal. Earlier this year, the cap on the tuition fees for home students was raised to £9,000; close to three times more than what it used to be.
More and more people are opting out of university, and looking for other means of education – college, vocational training and certifications. And rightly so. An average CCNP certified professional earns £45,000, while the average salary of CISSP professional is £50,000, according to ITJobsWatch. A PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager's average salary is £50,000.

In the last few months, we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of school leavers from the demographics of 18-24 on our courses. There is a clear shift in people's preference for alternative, cheaper and quicker ways to kick start their career. The time is right to get a certification.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Firebrand Wins Another Award...

We're delighted to announce that Firebrand Training has again been named in the Top 20 IT Training Companies in the World. We've won this award twice in a row.

The list was compiled based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership and innovation in IT training
  • Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Strength of clients
  • Geographic reach

Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of said: “Our Top 20 IT Training companies stand out as the best providers in a very competitive segment of the training industry. Companies demonstrated that they could cover a broad range of topic areas in the modality of choice for their clients”.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Sony Learns Its Lesson...

Entertainment giants Sony has won praise for its timely response to the second hacking attack against its systems. The attacks resulted in almost 100,000 customer accounts being compromised. reports that the the first hack attack earlier this year cost Sony more than £100m, not to mention the stain on their reputation.

Then, Sony did not notify customers until a week after it first detected the breach. This time around, Sony locked the users' accounts immediately and advised them to reset their passwords.

“Companies are far more likely to keep customers and maintain their loyalty when they feel the company is being open about potential problems,” Tony Lock, analyst with Freeform Dynamics said.

“I don’t think any customer expects companies to be perfect, especially given the increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber attacks. What matters to customers is how companies respond.”

Attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. More and more firms are realising the imminent need for Certified Ethical Hackers. Certified Ethical Hacking prepares you to be one step ahead of 'cyber criminals'.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Stop, Collaborate, Listen - to SharePoint

One of our instructors explored his creative side in his SharePoint Class. Joel is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint 2010 specialist andMicrosoft Certified Trainer. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tribute to a Legend

The world has lost a visionary today. Steve Jobs was not just the face of Apple, he was an idol, an inspiration, a master.

Apple stated in their official statement that Jobs had been "the source of countless innovations that enrich and imrpove all of our lives" and had made the world "immeasurably better".

Jobs had a rocky start in life. He was the adopted child of a university lecturer and a student, raised by working parents who could barely scrape together the money to send him to college. When he did go to Reed College, he soon dropped out, but stayed behind to study calligraphy and other subjects which interested him. He later used this knowledge in products he designed in microscopic detail.

He set up Apple in 1979, with Steve Wozniak, where he created Macintosh. Jobs was kicked out of Apple in 1985. He then bought Pixar in 86 and entered the film business. Pixar went on to create Toy Story, the most loved animation film to date.

He returned to Apple in 1997 and was instilled as an "interim CEO". He nursed Apple back to life - but he didn't stop at that. His love for music returned, and he changed the world again. The iPod changed everything. First, because of its tiny size, and for its quick synchronization. He then persuaded the record labels to sell music digitally. Within an year it had sold nearly 100m songs, and the iPod had 70% of the music player market.

His next big venture was the iPhone - he brought technology which, in his own words "was five years ahead of what's on any other phone". Other companies followed suit, but not fast enough - in mid-2011 Apple became the world's biggest mobile phone maker by revenue.

His final contribution to the world of technology was the iPad - the iPad is changing how people work and play.

Jobs told the Stanford Graduates "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life." Jobs parting words to the Stanford graduates were "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish".

The pressure will now be on Apple - to show that Jobs has indeed left a legacy they can build on - to be as creative as they were under his charge, and to keep revolutionalising the world.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Google Introduces Analytics Premium

Google has developed an already sophisticated premium version of 'Google Analytics'. It boasts of features such as:

  • Extra processing power - increased data collection, more custom variables and downloadable, unsampled reports
  • Advanced analysis - attribution modeling tools that allow you to test different models for assigning credit to conversions
  • Service and support - experts to guide customized installation, and dedicated account management on call - all backed by 24/7 support
  • Guarantees - service level agreements for data collection, processing and reporting

Monday, 26 September 2011

Certifications in Project Management

In the last few years, Project Management has gained prominence and is an “in-demand” field at the moment. It pays more in these times if you’re professionally certified. A certification in APMG’s PRINCE2 or PMI PMP demonstrates that you have the education, experience and competency to be a qualified Project Manager.

According to, the average salary of a PRINCE2 certified is £50,000 while that of a PMP certified professional is £60,000.

Project Management courses are industry neutral. They are desirable all over. An efficient project manager can save lots of time and money, and companies are constantly looking for managers with such skills.

Firebrand’s World Exclusive 3 day PRINCE2 course offers certification in both, Foundation and Practitioner. You can get PMI PMP certified in 5 days, giving the exam on the course, you can’t do it anywhere else.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Top 5 Certifications to Start Your IT Career

Are you thinking of getting into IT? We’ve listed out 5 certifications that we think are the most effective way of entering the IT world. Once you have one of these, you can begin to gain the experience and higher certifications that will land you a great IT career:

A+ certification is considered, by many, a benchmark for people who want to enter the IT World. The Comptia A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. It provides competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. It is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell, and has become a requirement for their engineers. It has been gained by more than 700,000 people worldwide since the program’s inception in 1993.

Microsoft Certified Professional is the stepping stone for any Microsoft certification. You become an MCP once you pass for your first exam, and then it keeps on updating as you do more advanced courses like MCITP, MCTS, MCSD and more.

CCNA requires dedicated training and some professionals may find it hard if they are completely new to IT. Cisco certifications are world renowned and respected. Once you gain your certification, and some experience, you can move on to more advanced certifications like CCNP.

Sun MySQL database is the world's most popular open source database because of its fast performance, high reliability, ease of use, and dramatic cost savings. 

This is the first step to higher Java certifications and will prove your skills as a Java programmer. The only prerequisite is that you must understand the fundamentals of the language.

Monday, 12 September 2011

UK More Competitive Than Germany or France

UK Businesses will outperform its European rivals like France and Germany, a report has claimed.
UK came 5th in the Global Competitiveness Index2011 by the Business Software Alliance. Achieving a high ranking will not only appease the technology vendors, but will also create a business environment that encourages IT-enabled business improvement, Julia Swan, director of European compliance marketing at BSA said. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that investment in IT is becoming critical for the overall health of the UK economy.” he said. 

IT is arguably one of the most sought after industry to be in right now, and having a certification to prove that you're qualified is paramount to success.  

Monday, 5 September 2011

Firebrand scoops three EC-Council awards

We're delighted to announce that Firebrand Training has again been named the Accredited Training Centre of the Year by EC-Council. In addition to this, we’ve won two more awards. Congratulations to FirebrandNordics for scooping Newcomer of the Year and Richard Millett for being named in the Instructors’ Circle of Excellence.

Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council says: “The annual EC-Council Awards highlight the commitment and achievements of our global partners and trainers that have contributed to the information security community. We are pleased to honour so many accomplished training providers and instructors that are committed to the betterment of world-class information security education globally. I congratulate all of the winners for their achievements and dedication to the Information Security industry in their respective region”

As an ATC, Firebrand offers Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH v7), (E|CSP), (C|HFI), Security 5 and more. 

Monday, 29 August 2011

Write, Right

Firebrand has become the UK's official Information Mapping Training Partner. Information Mapping is a research-based method that helps capture, communicate, and manage information more effectively to increase operating efficiency, improve customer service, and comply with regulatory requirements. Francis Declercq, CEO of Information Mapping International said “We are very glad to broaden our Partner Network with Firebrand Training, a very reliable and well known training partner providing the fastest route to training and certification.”

Firebrand’s model of accelerated learning, with a certification at the end has again been applied. In three days, professionals will improve their business communications skills, operating efficiency and customer service.

Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training says: "Firebrand has developed another world exclusive. Following the emphatic-14-day-MCSE and the pacy-3-day-PRINCE2, we announce the busiest business writing course around."

Information Mapping will help UK companies improve their documentation and marketing materials. This proven method also benefits government agencies and non-profits who need to deliver their messages in a clear, simple and consistent way.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Highest Achieving Affiliate of the Year

We’re delighted to announce that Firebrand has again been named Highest Affiliate of the Year by (ISC) 2. We've now won this award two years in a row. Every year (ISC) ² recognizes the continued support and performance of their outstanding Education Affiliates. We're proud to be one of them.

W. Hord Tipton, Executive Director of (ISC)² says: “Thanks to your participation, (ISC)²’s credential programs helped to educate close to 7,000 candidates in 2010. This achievement would be impossible without your help, and for this, I extend my most sincere gratitude...This award represents Firebrand Training as a top achiever for (ISC)² in 2010 in the EMEA region.”

As an Authorized Provider of (ISC)2 certifications, Firebrand offers CISSP, CSSLP and SSCP training and certifications. 

Monday, 15 August 2011

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Internet giant Google has announced that a deal has been struck to acquire the Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn (£7.7bn). A joint statement said that the deal should be finalised by the end of this year, or 2012.

According to Google, the acquisition will allow them “supercharge” their Android operating system. Mobility will run as a separate business, they added.

“Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies," said Larry Page, Google's CEO.
Sanjay Jha, his counterpart at Mobility, said: "This transaction offers significant value for [our] stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers and partners around the world."

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Cisco Shows Positive Signs

Cisco has managed to surprise the critics by delivering results better than expected. It's a clear indication that the demand of IT is rising again. The vendor’s success, though, hasn't come without a few difficult choices made by CEO John Chambers. They've had to review the under-performing areas, axe the job positions they could do without and have come up with a simplified ‘better performing’ organisation.

The vendor had earlier announced thousands of job cuts and planned to save an average of $1bn and year – at the same time though, the Chairman and CEO has ruled out sacrificing innovation to keep costs down. It seems that this approach has worked well for them – the vendor produced a 7.9% increase in net sales for the fiscal year.

Firebrand offers variety of Cisco courses, including CCNA, CCDA and CCENT.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Protect yourself before you wreck yourself...

Cyber attacks have become more dangerous than ever before. Our systems have never looked this vulnerable. Imerva has reported that web applications are attacked around 27 times per hour. Web sites are hit by automated attacks on average 25,000 times in just one hour (that's seven attacks a second). In a time where cyber criminals are getting cleverer and creating more sophisticated techniques to hack into your personal and business data, one has to be one step ahead of them.

Firebrand was the first to launch CEH v7 in the UK. The newest version of EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Training includes an entire module on countermeasures, with detailed explanation of how to implement them in real life. There is also a complete section dedicated to penetration testing - the method of evaluating the security of a system or network by simulating an attack from a malicious source.

If you were the victim of a hack, your systems would need to be treated like any other crime scene. The affected area should be isolated, before the forensics begin. The role of the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) is to determine the source of a hack, understand the damage caused, and to repair the damage. Make yourself a digital Sherlock on the CHFI course.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Decreased Time, Increased Salary

IT professionals are earning more than ever. Salaries have increased by 7.5% in 2011, compared to 2010. A report on reveals that average salary in the industry has increased from £43,000 to £46,000. As if that wasn’t enough, more than half of professionals receive a bonus, with the average payment now at 19% of their annual salary.

The IT industry is officially back on track.

Even during the height of the recession, Firebrand continued to grow. Time is money, and more and more professionals needed to spend little time outside the office and more time earning.

IT is booming and now is the time to grab your next IT cert. So why not get certified faster than anywhere else?

Friday, 29 July 2011

Google+ vs Facebook

For more than 5 years, Facebook has held a monopoly over all the social networks. Launched in February 2004, it has single handedly destroyed the likes of Hi5, MySpace and the lesser known bebo.
As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 750 million active users, making it the 3rd most populated "country" in the world. Arguably, Facebook has changed the way we are. You write on someone's *wall*, you *like* someone's status, you *facebook* someone (I'm pretty sure we've all used "I'll facebook you"). It truly is more than just another social networking website.

But now, after years of being the leaders of the social media, Facebook would be apprehensive of the new phenomenon called Google+.

Google+, as you guessed, is a social networking website designed by Google. It is still in the trial beta mode, and will be launched shortly for the public at large. Google CEO Larry Page announced recently that Google+ has already attracted 10 million members on its website. This is a staggering figure.

So what's new that Google+ has, which Facebook doesn't?

1. Google+'s homepage is very similar to what Facebook's users are familiar and comfortable with - like updates from friends, photo uploads, events etc.With Circles, Google has tried to set itself apart from Facebook. While your information you post in Facebook is shared immediately to those who are in your friend list, Circles allows one to choose people we want to share information with. In fact, users can make groups for sharing information such as parents, close friends, casual acquaintances, and so on.

2. With an instant upload feature, one can easily upload pictures that he is taking with his camera (of course when he so wishes). This is in sharp contrast with Facebook where uploading of photos and videos takes an eternity and members get bored. The slogan “share just the right things with just the right people” says it all.

3. “Hangouts” is a new feature that allows you to disclose your location to chosen friends and then wait to see who drops by to join the fun.

4. Sparks is the feature that allows you to post your likes and dislikes and the app automatically sends you latest and exciting news and offers on your likes. It could be on music, books, fashion or a category made by you.

5. Huddle is another feature that allows users to chat instantly with many friends at the same time unlike windows that are created in Facebook chat. All friends drop down to a single chat and you feel you are in the midst of your friends. Unlike Facebook, you do not jump from one window to another or reply wrongly to your friends.

There is also the use of Web 3.0, which Google+ is introducing to the world. Web 3.0 will certainly be worth a look. Privacy is another big advantage which Google+ has over Facebook.

Only time will tell if Google+ can take on the might of Facebook, but it certainly has attractive features to lure potential members. With features like Skype video call and Chat members side bars, you can see
Facebook will not give up without a fight. We'll just have to see which giant prevails.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Ethical Hacking - for the greater good

People often ask us what ethical hacking is all about, or who an ethical hacker really is and what he really does. Here is an overview on the certification and the profile of an 'ethical hacker' -

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is professional certification provided by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council). An ethical hacker is usually employed by an organisation who trusts him or her to attempt to penetrate the company's networks and/or computer systems. An ethical hacker uses the same methods as of a hacker, but his purpose is of finding and fixing computer security vulnerabilities.

The motto for Certified Ethical Hacker training is "If you want to beat the attackers, you have got to think like a hacker". To become a CEH, one has to gain a certification in the EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

The Certified Ethical Hacker Version 7 was widely anticipated, and has a lot of significant changes compared to v6.1. While the CEH version 6.1 included over 20 modules, the v7 introduces more than 40 modules, although only a few appear in the final certification exam. CEH v7 contains the content from the previous versions such as network surveying, service identification and competitive intelligence, but also introduces new threats, which also include Bluetooth hacking.

Firebrand Training is THE official partner of EC-Council for delivery of their certification programs in Europe. We have once again been named as their Authorized Training Centre of the Year. We have certified hundreds of ethical hackers.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Design Your Way To Success

Sold and developed by Autodesk Inc, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 and was one of the first CAD programs to run on personal computers, notably the IBM PC. AutoCAD is a CAD software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. Other than AutoCAD, Autodesk leading softwares include Maya, Revit Architecture and Inventor. On 22nd March 2011, Autodesk released AutoCAD 2012, Revit Architecture 2012 and Inventor 2012. With new and expanded workflows for 3D conceptual design, model documentation, and reality capture, the latest versions help design professionals maximise productivity, regardless of whether you are in manufacturing, civil engineering or architecture. There are hundreds of thousands of Autodesk Certified Professionals around the world. The main benefits of gaining expertise in the Autodesk family are Speed Documentation, Drive Communication, Exploring ideas in almost any shape imaginable and customising to attack almost any design problem.

Revit Architecture, a Building Information Modelling software, allows the user to design with both parametric 3D modelling and 2D drafting elements. Building Information Modelling is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) paradigm that employs intelligent 3D objects to represent real physical building components. While Revit is known for representing real physical building components such as walls and doors, Inventor is a 3D mechanical solid modelling design software to create 3D digital prototypes used in the design, visualization and simulation of products.

Firebrand has become an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre. We are accelerating AutoCAD 2012, Revit Architecture 2012 and Inventor 2012 courses, including certification.

Certifying in one of the three courses gaines a costumer a certificate, his/her own certification logo and listing in the Autodesk Certified Professional Database.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A Growing Need for IT Certification

The field of IT is forever growing. A report in Certification Magazine has revealed that 48% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) find it challenging to find skilled IT professionals.

Network administration skills remain those in greatest demand, cited by 68 percent of CIOs. Certified Desktop Support Technicians ranked second, with 66 percent of the response.

The future of IT is looking bright, with 87% of CIOs confident that their company will grow in the third quarter of 2011.

What is Six Sigma?

Firebrand - Six Sigma infograph
Six Sigma is a business management strategy, it provides proved quality management methods, which go from business and cost-benefit analysis, thought-process mapping customer surveys, to control charts and regression analysis. The difference with other business management models lies in the emphasis that Six Sigma puts on measurements, as the starting point of culture change and decision making processes.

Briefly, if measurements are the road signs of your business management plan, Six Sigma provides you the map for decision-making. This method has met a great success and it is now one of the most used by all-sized organizations. The demand of Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt certifications has increased dramatically at Firebrand Training and we recently released a combined Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt to get both the certifications in 10 days.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Courses in IT Security

84% of European companies have experienced security issues in the last year, according to a survey by Juniper Networks. Courses in IT Security is a hot topic: CISSP, CISA, CEH, Security+. Hacktivism is getting increasingly popular; Business and government organizations are urged to take action against the virtual criminals and this is why IT Security is one of the top in-demand IT skills for employers.

The lack of professionals to cover security jobs in London drives companies to consider investments in IT training for their staff. There are several courses in IT security available on the market to address external threads. Firebrand Training partners, EC-Council, CompTIA, (ISC)2, ISACA and Cisco offer different solution to secure activities from hackers.

It is important to consider the prerequisites to enrol for an IT Security course. For example, CISSP certification requires 5 years of experience in IT Security while to attend a CEH certification a strong understanding of TCP/IP is demanded. Which information security training does suit you and your organization the most? Answer this question before choosing your IT training solution.

Ref:, "84 per cent of UK firms suffered security breach last year", 23/06/2011