Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Security and risk management are the top in-demand skills according to Cisco survey

970 Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) holders, 79 countries, businesses of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to small companies: these are the numbers of the last Cisco survey about the top tech trends and skills for the future.

CCIEs identify as the top trends for the next five years virtualization and collaboration via unified communication, whilst the networking skills in greatest demand will be IT Security and risk management.

Firebrand Training is currently observing an increase in the interest for IT Security courses. The shortage of certified IT Security professionals is an issue that interests both the public and the private sectors, as proven by the recent attacks to organizations’ databases.

Sweden is the Best in the World at IT

IT in Sweden has been ranked better than any other country in the world.

The World Economic Forum has published the latest Global Information Technology Report (GITR). Since 2001 the GITR series has monitored the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector; raising global competitiveness within the industry. The report ranks countries from one to 138.  

Based on the Networked Readiness Index calculated over the last ten years, several factors are taken into account. The UK is in 15th position; with Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany ranked higher. We will raise the profile of ICT in the BeNeLux region even further - Firebrand is in the process of introducing IT training in the Netherlands.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

EC-Council and (ISC)2 together to promote IT Security

Firebrand Training's partners, EC-Council and (ISC)2, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to meet the demand of IT Security professionals. The organizations are now collaborating in delivering programs, events and initiatives in the field of IT Security Education and IT certification.

Attacks to public and private bodies are increasing together with the need of certified specialists. The shared knowledge of (ISC)2 and EC-Council will promote a common security management message, delivered through education and training. The programs of certifications such as CISSP and CSSLP from (ISC)2 and CEH and CHFI from EC-Council will benefit from the agreement and evolve to better prepare the IT Security leaders of tomorrow.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Infosec Europe 2011

Infosec Europe, the number one IT Security Event, opens its doors on Tuesday 19 April in London, Earl’s Court Exhibition center. More than fifteen thousand IT security experts are expected to attend the event, to learn more about the latest industry and technology advancements. Firebrand, which has now delivered more than 2,500 CISSP certifications will be co-exhibiting with (ISC)2. Come and visit us to pick-up your free t-shirt!

The IT security sector continues to see rapid growth. Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training, explains: “Firebrand has seen a 33% growth in interest in our IT security courses since the beginning of 2011. Now is the time for IT professionals to seize the moment, and move into the lucrative IT security sector.”


Monday, 11 April 2011

Choosing an IT course: Instructors can make the difference

Firebrand Training only selects certified instructors. The rapidly changing landscape of IT Training requires instructors to be always up to date about the subjects that they are teaching. Certifications such as MCSE, CCNP or CompTIA’s vendor-neutral Network+ would indicate that the instructor has closely followed the evolution of the learning environment and changes in technology.

Certification Magazine points out that there is an important difference between instructors with an IT certification and those with a degree. It is suggested that degreed instructors might not have kept current with recent relevant changes in the sector. Research and current evidence have recently highlighted the strong correlation existing between a successful classroom and the fact that the instructor owns a certification. A certified IT instructor ensures that the material being discussed is accessible to everybody and can lead students to greater success in the long-term.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

CISA and CISM Exam Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline for registering for CISA and CISM exams has been extended to Friday 15 April 2011. The exams take place on Saturday 11 June 2011.

Visit the ISACA website to register for the respective exams, or call us on 080 80 800 888 for more information. Use the following links -
CISA and CISM.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Firebrand in the Nordics

Firebrand Training Nordics, named Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year in 2010, offers accelerated training and certification from vendors including: (ISC)2, EC-Council, CompTIA, Oracle and Microsoft. Frank Højgaard, Managing director, explains the success of the company in an interview with IT Europa:


“Firebrand’s rapid growth has been based on the Nordics’desire for IT certification, and the need to gain it quickly. We’re seeing a real hunger for IT training, despite these testing economic times. As the economy begins to grow – and the organisations begin to hire – an IT skills shortage is developing. Despite the recession, technology has continued to develop; this means that organisations are now playing catch-up, and ensuring that their employees’ skills are up-to-date.”


Integration of knowledge in the IT sector has become a need for many experts, as Frank highlights: “business process experts are becoming more attractive – but more so ‘cross-technical experts’. It’s not now not enough to be an expert in only one field, you need to understand its integration into related technical areas (e.g. ERP experts also need to be familiar with the technical platform in terms of Enterprise Portal,SQL Server, etc.).”

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

What is Accelerated Learning?


Firebrand Training provides you with the fastest route to professional certification, through accelerated learning techniques. Brin Best talks about Accelerated Learning in his latest blog post.

He explains that, since the 80s, our understanding of the brain and the process of learning has dramatically improved; the new research has allowed us to rethink the ways that we teach, and consider their relevance in light of most effective learning.

Accelerated learning proceeds at a faster rate, and includes the promotion of a positive learning environment. Brin points out that "accelerated learning occurs when at least the following three elements are all present:

  • Learners are physically ready to learn
  • Learners are psychologically ready to learn
  • Teachers use appropriate teaching techniques"

Firebrand Training provides tranquil and distraction-free IT training locations where there are no time restrictions; which is conducive to learning. Teaching techniques, such as original lecture / lab / review process, assure a varied and in-depth approach to keep the day interesting and engaging. These methods have allowed Firebrand to earn recognitions and International IT Awards within the sector.