Monday, 25 June 2012

Cisco CCNP Security 642-627 Exam Profile

The following video gives you an overview of the 642-627 IPS v7.0 CCNP Security exam

This exam tests your knowledge and skills needed to deploy Cisco IPS-based security solutions. You will be able to reduce risk to the IT infrastructure and applications using Cisco IPS features, and provide detailed operations support for the Cisco IPS.

To be CCNP Security certified, you need to pass:

  • Exam 642-637 SECURE v1.0
  • Exam 642-617 FIREWALL v1.0
  • Exam 642-647 VPN v1.0
  • Exam 642-627 IPS v7.0

MCSE: Private Cloud exams released

Microsoft has now made the new MCSE exams 70-246 and 70-247 live and available to be taken in Prometric testing centers.

  • The 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 exam tests your knowledge and skills on monitoring and operating a private cloud with System Center 2012.
  • The 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 exam tests your knowledge on configuring and deploying a private cloud with System Center 2012.

To certify in MCSE: Private Cloud, visit:

Linux exams exclusive to Pearson VUE

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced that from July 1, professionals will only be able to take its certification exams through Pearson VUE testing centres. 

The Linux certifications were launched in 1999 and over 100,000 professionals have gained its certifications, and over 300,000 exams have been undertaken.

Linux has three levels of certifications:

CompTIA updating the A+ exams

CompTIA is set to retire the current A+ exams (Exams 220-701 and 220-702) on August 31, 2013. The new exam will contain performance based questions and is scheduled to be available at VUE testing centers from October 2012.

A+ is an entry level certification, which provides professionals with basic hardware, software, and networking skills needed to function in different information technology professionals. The A+ certification validates the skills required to flourish in a computer technician or a support professional role.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

New Jump Start Course: Cloud-Optimise IT with Windows Server 2012

Microsoft is offering a free Jump Start course entailing the new features and overview of the new Windows Server 2012. The course is running from June 21—22, 2012, from 9:00 A.M.—4:00 P.M., Pacific Time.

Microsoft’s senior technical evangelist Rick Calus and partner Corey Hynes will talk about their favourite feature sets of the new Windows Server 2012. They’ll also give tips on how to improve your day-to-day IT environment.

The accelerated Jump Start courses will help you understand Windows Server 2012 and provide a dynamic, highly-available and cost-effective server platform for modern data-centre and cloud.

To register for the free course, visit:

Video: CompTIA Security+ Exam Profile

The goal of the three-day accelerated CompTIA Security+ course is to provide you with the skills needed to validate a broad knowledge of security concerns and perform day-to-day security functions.

Security+ was developed with input from industry, government, academia and front-line practitioners.

Register for CompTIA Breakaway, in Vegas

CompTIA, a non-profit association, is hosting an event in Las Vegas from July 20 to August 2 to help professionals navigate training, help you gain connections and opportunities to expand your networks.

The event, called CompTIA Breakaway will provide you with a map to navigate the IT Channel.

For more information, and to register, visit:

Friday, 15 June 2012

What is CompTIA Authorised Service Centre?

The CompTIA Authorised Service Centre credential validates an enterprise’s level of technical certification, which gives your business a competitive differentiation and gives your customer confidence.

The ASC identifies businesses which have certified personnel in the areas of PC repair, network support and server support.

The CompTIA ASC program gives the customer confidence in your company. The ASC logo shows that your staff has met the requirements by gaining CompTIA certifications.

As a member, you’ll receive access to public relations resources and be a part of a worldwide searchable database of ASC members which can be used to create service partnerships.

Microsoft launches two-day AX 2012 course

Microsoft Learning has announced the launch of a two-day 80307: Enterprise Portal Development in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 course.

The course introduces you to the Enterprise Portal in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. It teaches you how to install the Portal, its development environment, how to build and customise the appearance of a functional web site using new and existing Enterprise Portal application objects, and the uses of the Enterprise portal.

You will also learn about the Microsoft Dynamics AX User Control elements in Visual Studio and how elements in the Application Object Tree (AOT) can be used across environments.

Note: This course is available to download on PartnerSource and CustomerSource. The course will be orderable on 28 June 2012.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Video: MCSE Certification Paths for SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 certification is available in two paths – MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence certifications. The MCSA:SQL Server 2012 course is the first step to earn the MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence certs.

The MCSE: Data Platform certification teaches you how to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines: Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence.

The MCSE: Business Intelligence certification teaches you how to implement a Business Intelligence platform for Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Microsoft to offer Linux on Azure

Microsoft has announced that it is going to offer Ubuntu, CentOS, and SUSE Linux on their Azure cloud. They will be supporting Linux VM and hosting framework support on Azure.
The Linux services on Azure will offer a number of Linux distributions including Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, Canonical Ubuntu 12.04, OpenSuse 12.01, and CentOS 6.2 in addition to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.

HP launches New Solutions Architect

HP has released a New Solutions Architect Certification. The new HP ASE-Server Solutions Architect V8 cert concentrates on HP ProLiant Gen8 server systems and HP Integrity. HP has made available paths to upgrade from APC – HP Integrity Servers and from APC – HP ProLiant Server Solutions, 2010. You can find more information on the HP Website.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Firebrand releases new MCSD

Firebrand has released Microsoft’s new MCSD Windows Metro Style Apps Using C# certification. The new MCSD cert validates your knowledge and expertise at designing and developing Metro style apps, which are what Microsoft’s based their new Windows 8 on.

You’ll sit the following exams, and gain your MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps Using C#:

  • Exam 70-483: Programming in C#
  • Exam 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using C#
  • Exam 70-485: Advanced Metro style App Development using C#

Firebrand releases MCSD Windows Metro Style Apps using HTML5 course

Firebrand is the first to release Microsoft’s new MCSD Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML5 course. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification proves your competency at designing and developing Metro Style Apps, which are the core of the Windows 8.

You'll sit the following exams, and get your MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML5 certification:
  • Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • Exam 70-481: Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • Exam 70-482: Advanced Metro style App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript

MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML5

Dilbert wants a cert!

Poor Dilbert. Showing how short-sighted managers think about investing in their staff.

Dilbert Certification

Are Public Companies More Susceptible to Hacking?

While there are many financial benefits to investing in a public company, there is also a certain amount of risk. It's not the risk typically associated with any investment, but rather a company's cyber security efforts or lack thereof. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission believes that cyber security issues are one of the top issues to be considered before investing in a public company. This is because cyber threats don't just include efforts to find confidential company information, but include attacks to private information of various investors (i.e., you). This may include bank account details, confidential financial data, and other private information. Through various studies, researchers have narrowed down the problem to be a weakness in software applications. 

According to the Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID), most companies fail to report how their information was breached in the first place. Initial testing of security software doesn't do much to calm concerns since more than 80% of web applications from public companies didn't offer sufficient protection when these applications were tested for vulnerability. Most companies fail to perform some type of risk assessment to pinpoint weakness in their cyber security software that could leave them vulnerable to attack. While some companies address cyber security in their SEC filings, others either gloss over the issue or don't report it all. The SEC makes a strong case for the need to disclose cyber security issues. This infographic which includes Veracode’s new State of Software Security Report, outlines all of the pertinent facts and data regarding this troubling issue facing public companies today.

This infographic was created by Veracode, a leading Web security company.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Firebrand launches 5-day PMI CAPM

Firebrand has launched a 5-day PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) course.

CAPM is an entry level certification, which proves that you have the knowledge and understanding of the terminology and processes of effective project management. The course will improve your competency to manage larger projects and gain additional responsibilities.


To gain the certification, you’ll need to pass the CAPM exam. The exam is a three-hour multiple choice exam, with 150 questions. 

Friday, 1 June 2012

Firebrand releases new Microsoft Office 365 course

Firebrand has released a five-day Microsoft Office 365 course, which combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based online services, such as: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. It is 40% faster than traditional training.

You need to pass the following exams to gain the Office 365 certification:
  • Exam 70-321 Pro: Deploying Office 365
  • Exam 70-323 MCTS: Administering Office 365