Monday, 30 April 2012

Security to be worth $18 billion by 2016

A report by Infonetics Research has forecasted that Managed Security services are expected to reach $18 billion by 2016. The report highlights that Global cloud and CPE managed security service revenue grew 12% in 2011, to $11.7 billion.

“Companies have to worry about desktops, laptops, servers, smartphones, tablets, kiosks, iPods, set-top boxes, and any other device that can connect to the Internet. The highly distributed nature of Internet-connected devices and the diversity of those devices drives many companies to look at managed services (cloud-based services in particular) to provide consistent protection regardless of device type, location, operating system, or browser.” notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

For all the security courses offered:

Friday, 27 April 2012

What is CISSP?

CISSP, which stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional, is a globally recognised certification, governed by information security certification, or (ISC)2.

As of 17 September 2011, (ISC)² reports 75,814 members who hold the CISSP certification worldwide, in 134 countries.

The CISSP certification teaches you an extensive overview of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), the compendium of information security practices and standards compiled and continually updated by (ISC)2 and used as the basis for the CISSP exam.

Cisco updates CCNA Security and CCNP Security Certifications

Cisco has updated the Cisco CCNA® Security and Cisco CCNP® Security certifications. The new certs provide more “job ready” practical skills and knowledge to address the latest advances in network security and also include the latest Cisco Security products.

What has Cisco changed?
  • Curriculum update: Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance version 8.3 and 8.4 software
  • Cisco AnyConnect 3.0 and traditional IPsec clients
  • Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance 8.3+ simplified Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Configuring global access control lists (ACLs)
  • EtherChannel
  • Bridge groups support in transparent firewall mode

Exam explained: CompTIA Network+ N10-005

This video by Pearson IT Certification provides helpful insights on the CompTIA Network+ N01-005 exam – it provides information on the number and type of questions, passing score, exam preparation tips, and recommended training resources to help you prepare for the exam.

New Course Launch: CompTIA CASP

Firebrand has launched a three-day accelerated CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) course.

CASP is a high-level certification designed to meet the growing demand for advanced IT security professionals. 

You will learn the skills needed to design and create secure solutions across complex business environments. 

Although not a prerequisite, CASP generally follows the CompTIA Security+ or equivalent.

The course is 40% faster than traditional training.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

What is MSP?

MSP, which stands for Managing Successful Programmes, is a methodology comprising of principles and procedures to use when managing a programme.

MSP defines programme management as "the action of carrying out the coordinated organisation, direction and implementation of a dossier or projects and transformational activities to achieve outcomes and realise benefits of strategic importance to the business". MSP implements proven good practices in programme management while managing a programme. MSP is being used widely with many firms, in both, public and private sectors. 

Microsoft unveils the new certifications...

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Companies to spend 14% more on IT security

Information Shield, in its 2011 Information Security and Data Privacy Staffing Survey, which polled 190 organisations in 34 countries, reveals that IT security staffing budgets are expected to rise by 14%.

RSA chief Arthur Coviello stated that, “never have the attacks been as targeted, with the aim of breaching one organisation as a stepping stone to breaching others.” Cyber-attacks have reached scary levels of sophistication, and the demand for ethical hackers and other ‘cyber ninjas’ has been on the rise.

New resource content available by ISACA for COBIT 5

ISACA has released the first three COBIT 5 publications as complimentary PDF downloads to ISACA members:

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New Cisco Course: CCNP Service Provider

Cisco has launched a CCNP® Service Provider certification. The cert proves the skills and knowledge of network engineers to set up and optimise a next-generation carrier-grade network.

The CCNP Service Provider, CCNA Service Provider and CCIE Service Provider certifications provide networking engineers with a complete portfolio in IP next-generation networks (IP NGN).

To find out more about CCNP Service Provider Certification, visit:

Video: Student Path to Certification

Cisco Event: Get answers to your certification questions

Cisco is hosting a free virtual event on April 26th, to discuss the latest in the world of Cisco certifications. They’ll discuss the demand for IT networking professionals, how to develop your career with Cisco certifications, and other cert related topics.

Course Launch: (ISC)2 Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP)

The CISSP-ISSMP course teaches you the standards and regulations of IT security management, as well as the legal and ethical issues. You’ll learn about project management, risk management, business continuity and how to create security awareness programs. You'll become competent in the five domains of the CISSP-ISSMP CBK - and gain the certification. 

The three-day accelerated course is 40% faster than traditional training and certification.

(ISC)2 has created the CISSP concentration courses to help IT security professionals develop their CISSP credential. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Course Launch: (ISC)2 Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP)

(ISC)2 created CISSP Concentration courses to help IT security professionals develop their CISSP certification - based on their specific requirements. Firebrand has launched accelerated CISSP ISSAP Concentration. It is 40% faster than traditional training and certification.

The CISSP-ISSAP course teaches you the key concepts and requirements of information security, within the framework of architecture and design. You’ll be competent in the six domains of the CISSP-ISSAP CBK - and gain the certification.

Microsoft Course Launch: Exam 70-243

Microsoft has launched Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and is available in Prometric testing centres. This exam tests your knowledge on administering and deploying System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

Free Linux Essentials "Beta Exams"

The Linux Professional Institute is launching a set of "beta" exams for the Linux Professionals Institute's "Linux Essentials" program during LinuxTag, May 23-26 in Berlin, Germany

“Linux Essentials” measures foundational knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software and will be publicly released in June 2012.  "Beta" exams are offered for free if you wish to assist LPI in its exam development.
You will be awarded a "Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement" if you pass the exam.
You can register in advance for the Linux Essentials "beta" exam at

Video: Microsoft Certification Exam Demo

Here's a brief video to help you know what to expect in a Microsoft Exam:

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Monday, 23 April 2012

How the Microsoft changes affect you

  • MCTS – opt for new MCSA certification paths. No new MCTS certs will be released as of April 2012. After the product version of your MCTS retires, your certification will hold a legacy status.
  • MCITP (in general) – MCITP certifications will not be updated for future versions of Microsoft Products. Unless you’re looking at MCITP EA or SA, opt for new MCSE certification tracks.
  • MCITP System Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise AdministratorYou will get the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) automatically.
  • MCITP Database Administrator 2008 and MCITP: Database Developer 2008Upgrade to MCSE: Data Platform. You can upgrade with 3 exams. You will also get the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
  • MCITP Business Intelligence 2008 Upgrade to MCSE: Business Intelligence. You can upgrade with 3 exams. You will also get the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
  • MCSA on Windows Server 2003 – You can opt for MCITP certifications and then proceed to the new MCSE, but it’s quicker to opt straight for the MCSE certification.

52% Feel Not Enough IT Professionals

In a survey of more than 95,000 IT and business professionals, ISACA revealed that more than half (52%) of the surveyed do not have enough IT staff. 44% of the executive teams in US expect to increase their spending on IT in the next 12 months. Although this means more job prospects, Tim Weinman, president of The Weinman Group feels that companies are now looking for more credentials, along with other skills.

He says, “In addition to strong educational credentials and certifications, companies are also seeking individuals with tangible accomplishments, a history of adding value and a passion for and dedication to the profession. If you cannot clearly articulate the value you (and your projects) bring to an organisation, you could be vulnerable over the long haul.

Gartner: CEOs to increase IT spend

Gartner, in its CEO Survey 2012, has revealed that, by more than a two-to-one ratio, CEOs are willing to increase their spending on IT, rather than reduce it.

Growth has emerged as a number one priority for the 229 CEOs surveyed. According to Gartner, CRM is the technology preferred to help businesses achieve this objective.

Gartner urges CIOs to improve IT-related competitor intelligence to help business emerge out of the testing economic scenario.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Video: Microsoft Certification Review Screen

What is Cloud Auditing?

Cloud Auditing is evaluating risks associated with Cloud, and ensuring that a Cloud Customer's compliance requirements are met.

Cloud Auditing:
  • Helps cloud consumers build a solid business case for cloud computing and navigate the changing landscape without jeopardizing their risk postures
  • Helps Cloud Providers to understand what auditors look for before being audited
  • Provides assurance towards their (prospective) client customers

Thursday, 19 April 2012

What is ITIL?

ITIL, which stands for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a set of comprehensive documentation of best practices for IT Service Management.

ITIL describes procedures, tasks and checklists that are company-neutral and are used by businesses to establish a minimum level of competency. It allows an organisation to have a standard with which it can plan, implement, and measure. It is used to measure improvement, and to see how compliant a business is with the best practices.

For a list of all the courses offered for ITIL, visit:

Video: What does a score of 700 mean?

4 Million Information Security Professionals?

Frost & Sullivan surveyed 10,413 information security professionals from around the globe on behalf of (ISC)2. They estimate the number of information security professionals in 2010 to have been approximately 2.28 million (over 617,000 in EMEA). The number is supposed to increase to almost 4.24 million (1.15 million in EMEA) by 2015.

2010 – 2015 Forecast for Information Security Professionals:



Five In-Demand Skills for 2012

Computerworld undertook an annual forecast survey of 353 IT executives. Nearly 29% of the respondents said that they plan to increase their IT staffing through next summer. This is up from 23% in 2010 and 20% in 2009. 

The surveyed said that the following skills will be in demand:
  • Programming and Application Development61% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, up from 44% in 2010 survey.
  • Project Management44% plan to hire for this skill, up from 43% in 2010 survey.
  • Networking35% plan to hire in Networking, down from 38% in 2010 survey.
  • Business Intelligence23% plan to invest in professionals with BI skills, up from 13%
  • Security17% plan to hire Security professionals, down from 32% in the 2010 survey.

Source: Computerworld's exclusive Forecast 2012 survey, June 2011. Base: 353 IT executives. Full report here:

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

What are the different CompTIA certs?

Currently CompTIA Certifications include A+, Network+, A+ Network+, Cloud Essentials, IT Project+, Linux+, RFID+, Security+, Server+, Strata

For a list of all the course details, visit:

Microsoft Course Release 80414A: Service Management in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012

Microsoft has announced the release of course 80414A: Service Management in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

The two-day course provides you with an overview of the Service management features and functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. It covers the major roles and describes how service management is integrated with the Project management and accounting module.

Note: This course is available now for download on PartnerSource and CustomerSource, and will be available on the MCT Download Center 26 April 2012.

Video: What's changing in MCSE?

Microsoft talks about what's changed in MCSE and why:

CISA and CISM Deadlines Extended

There are only two chances to sit ISACA's Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Manager (CISM) exams each year.

ISACA has extended their deadline to register for CISA and CISM exams. The final date to register is the 20th of April. The exams take place on 9th June.

Our next 3-day accelerated CISA Course starts on the 21st May, while the 4-day accelerated CISM Course starts on the 14th May.

Call your Account Manager on 080 80 800 888 for best pricing, to help you certify in CISA and CISM.

Since it was established in 1978, the CISA certification has been the globally accepted standard of competency among IS audit, and control and security professionals.
According to Information Career Trends Survey, CISA is one of the top 3 sought-after certifications of 2012.

The CISM certification validates that professionals have the knowledge and expertise to provide effective consulting services and security management.

Free Private Cloud Beta Exams at MMS 2012

Are you attending the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2012), taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada in April 16-20? If so, Microsoft is offering beta version of exams for Private Cloud Certification. A passing score counts towards the Private Cloud certification. Beta exams are limited, but are free of charge for registered MMS attendees.

To register, sign in to MMS 2012 here.

Monday, 16 April 2012

MCSE is back, but not as you know it

Microsoft has changed its MCP (Microsoft certification program) for IT professionals and developers.

They have created three levels of credentials – Associate, Expert and Master. This helps professionals in planning out a clear career path, selecting which certifications are needed to reach a certain credential level.

Four new designations are being either introduced, or re-instated:
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

MCSE, a credential which has been cemented in the minds of professionals, despite being discontinued years ago, is once again an active part of the MCP. Microsoft has reinvented MCSE for Cloud. The all new MCSE proves that you have certified competency to tackle new technologies. MCSE is for those professionals who plan to implement cloud solutions for their organisations and is the target credential for IT professionals and developers who have expertise in working with Microsoft technology solutions.



Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

What has Microsoft changed, and Why?

Microsoft has reinvented their certification program to inculcate the advancements in Cloud Computing. Below is a brief overview of what’s changed in Microsoft:

  1. A simplified certification model that consolidates credentials into 3 main skill levels: Associate, Expert, and Master.
  2. New certifications requiring broader coverage of multiple technologies, and not tied to specific product versions.
  3. Compulsory Recertification to ensure skill are up-to-date for professionals.

The aim for the overhaul in Microsoft Certification Program is to:

  • Make it easier for employers to identify credentials that match their company’s needs.
  • Make it easier for IT professionals to plan their career path, and decide which certifications to pursue.
  • Provide IT Professionals and employers competencies relevant to Cloud Computing.  This is done by Microsoft’s re-introduction of MCSE.

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Microsoft reinvents certifications for Cloud

Microsoft is changing the Microsoft Certification Program (MCP) to meet the growing skills gap in the technology industry, specifically the Cloud.

Microsoft has created three levels – Associate, Expert and Master to make it clearer for the professionals to plan their career path and plan which certifications they need to reach the desired competency levels.

The certification levels are now updated to be more solution-oriented, while keeping in check the industry’s dynamic changes, and at the same time ensuring quality and relevance.

The demand for Cloud Technologies is on an upward slope, and forecasts predict that IT cloud service will generate almost 14 million jobs worldwide between now and 2015.

Microsoft is reinventing their trademark certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) for Cloud. The new MCSE certification proves that you have the necessary skills to tackle the new expanding technologies. It is for professionals who plan to implement cloud solutions in their companies. It Is for IT Professionals and Developers who are skilled in working with Microsoft Technology Solutions.

“The new Microsoft certifications are raising the bar across the industry and reflect industry shifts that require a broader knowledge base and deeper skills across solutions that cloud computing requires,” said Don Field, Microsoft’s senior director of Product Management. “The Microsoft certifications reflect the experience and skills needed to build, manage and evolve solutions in a cloud-based environment, ensuring validation of real-world skills for individuals and helping hiring managers identify the best-qualified job candidates.”

Thursday, 5 April 2012

A Few Stats on Project Managers

Here are some of the statistics put together by arras People on Project Managers:
  • 67% have PRINCE2
  • 16% have APMP
  • 11% are PMI PMP
  • Male to Female split is 70:30
  • 71% are in the Private Sector
  • 35% have a base salary between £30-40k
  • 29% have a base salary between £40-50k
  • 16% attained a day rate of £350 to £399
  • 30% attained a day rate of £400 to £500

Microsoft Exam Question Types

Microsoft gives a brief outline of their exam question types:

Microsoft launches Office 365 Exams

Microsoft has launched 2 new Office 365 exams, which are now available to take in Prometric testing centres. The two exams released are:

·         70-321 Deploying Office 365

Candidates for both exams typically have core skills in configuring Office 365 technologies, while specialising in at least one of these:

·         Microsoft Lync 2010
·         Microsoft Exchange 2010
·         Microsoft SharePoint 2010

To schedule the exam(s), please visit Prometric’s Web site.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Value of Microsoft Certs

A compilation of a few MCPs:

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Visual Training Events

Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Lync team have scheduled two brand new Jump Start virtual training events for April 2012. Hundreds of organisations are recognising the cost savings and efficiency that result from empowering people with Microsoft Lync skills.

ISACA provides new resources

ISACA has released new informative documents that are available to download on their web site:

Discover the core of Microsoft

A nine-day SQL Server 2012 course MCTS SQL 2012 Database Core has been launched.

The Core course provides the three MCTS exams, which is the platform for you to move-on to the six-day Database Administrator & Developer or Database Business Intelligence courses. The courses are scheduled in way that you can sit a 15-day track.

Each course is 45% faster than traditional training. It would take up to five weeks to complete each of these courses elsewhere.

Below is an image from Microsoft Learning:

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Security Development Conference 2012

Microsoft is hosting a Security Development Conference 2012 (SDC 2012) from 15th to 16th May 2012 in Washington DC. SDC 2012 will include information for front-runners in security engineering, business decision makers, and management who are responsible for accelerating the adoption and effectiveness of SDL practices in their own organisations.

SQL 2012 Beta exams registration now open

Microsoft has opened registration for SQL Server 2012 beta exams. It’s free to take. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you’ll not need to take the exam in its released form.

Read all about it here:

Microsoft Certifications Introduction

Microsoft explains who should certify in their certifications, and why:

Microsoft seeking Visual Studio Experts to improve exam assessment

Microsoft is using their MSL SME database to ask Visual Studio experts to help them prioritize the topics that should be assessed on these cert exams. If you’ve achieved any of the following certifications, update your SME profile now to reflect those experiences:
  • Visual Studio 11
  • .NET Framework 4.5 (Web)
  • .NET Framework 4.5 (Windows)
  • Metro Application Development
  • JavaScript
  • HTML5