Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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

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

Six Sigma Green Belt Exam 5 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 win EC-Council ATC of The Year 2017

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 Foundation and Practitioner 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 Practice 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 Things You Need to Know

TOGAF exam 10 things you need to know for TOGAF exam preparation

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

10 Tips to Pass Microsoft MCSA 70 740 Exam

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?

SSCP vs CISSP


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

10 tips to pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-410 exam
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 retired exams 2017


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)

5 Tips for CEH Exam Preparation








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.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The 5 Best CEH Certification Books For 2017




Updated: this article was updated for 2017

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.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

5 Top Cyber Security Certifications To Get Before 2017 Ends

Top 5 IT 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 win PECB Reseller of the year award










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



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

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.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The 5 Best CCNA Books for Exam Revision in 2017

best ccna books, ccna revision


[Updated: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2017]

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. Take a look at the top 5 best CCNA books for exam revision.

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. 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. Here are the top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for.

Friday, 4 August 2017

10 CompTIA A+ Revision Resources To Pass First Time

Top 10 revision resources for CompTIA A+


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 A+ exam first time, we’ve collected a list of resources from around the web. Here are 10 CompTIA A+ revision resources for a first time pass.

Onsite ISACA exams now included on accelerated Firebrand courses

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.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Nominate for (ISC)2’s Information Security Leadership Awards

(ISC)2’s EMEA Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) is the perfect opportunity to recognise the excellence and hard work of information security professionals - and nominations are now open!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Bring in new skills and save a fortune with apprenticeships – find out how at Microsoft Inspire

Learn how to grow your business with Microsoft apprenticeships at this year’s Microsoft Inspire, based in Washington DC. Apprenticeships are customisable programmes built to bring new skills into your business and offer a compelling alternative to hiring graduates.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Attend the next UK Cisco TechHuddle: “Where Application Meets Infrastructure”

Discover what happens when cloud applications meet infrastructure at Cisco’s next TechHuddle. TechHuddle returns in July 2017 with “Where Application Meets Infrastructure” - this is your chance to get face-to-face with Cisco experts.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Latest EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP) v3 certification launched


EC-Council today announced the launch of the latest version of the EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP) certification, designed to build the critical skills your organisation needs to continue running following a disaster.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Firebrand Launch the Azure Academy

We’re living in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. According to Forbes, the cloud computing market is set to reach 127.5 billion by 2018 and 42% of UK and US companies are actively looking to hire professionals with cloud computing skills.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Discover 7 new Microsoft MCSA and MCSE certifications

Microsoft have announced the launch of 6 new MCSA certifications and 1 new MCSE certification. This demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to a growing Azure, Big Data, Business Intelligence (BI) and Dynamics community.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Free cyber security training for the NHS

Yesterday's ransomware attack that infected so many trusts within the NHS was avoidable. There are complexities within that environment relating to updating software which I understand. Having said that though users are the first line of defence, as well as better filtering of emails before they arrive at users devices. I'm confident the patient data in the back end systems is safe. More can and should be done to prevent future attacks. Firebrand of course wants to help, training people quickly is the only reason we get out of bed in the morning.

Friday, 12 May 2017

5 things you need to do after the NHS hack

NHS hospitals across England have been hit by a large scale cyber attack. A pop-up message demanding ransom in exchange for access to the infected machines.

BBC report on Firebrand's police force cyber crime training

This morning, Firebrand Training’s unique Cyber Crime Pathways Programme featured on BBC Breakfast News.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

6 things you need to know about GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into effect from 25 May 2018. UK businesses need to be ready or face severe consequences.

In November 2016, Tesco Bank fell victim to a cyber attack in which £2.5 million was stolen from the current accounts of 20,000 customers. If the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) finds Tesco failed to comply with measures to keep people’s personal data secure, they could face a fine up to £500,000. Under the new regulations set out in the EU GDPR, the same fine could be set at £1.9 billion.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Firebrand announce the fourth winner of Free Training For Life

Our fourth Free Training For Life competition has finally come to an end. Over 14,000 people entered from 104 countries for a chance to win free access to our entire portfolio of accelerated courses, for life.

We’re now pleased to announce the lucky winner of the 2016/17 Free Training For Life competition!


Say hello to the winner


Firebrand Training is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hamling-Hills, an experienced project coordinator based in the United Kingdom is this year’s Free Training For Life winner.

Jennifer has won this life changing award, gaining unrestricted access to accelerated, world-class training from the industry’s leading vendors including Microsoft, EC-Council, CompTIA, ISACA, Cisco, The Open Group, AXELOS and many more.

Jennifer had this to say about winning this prize worth over £1 million:

“Amazing, unbelievable, I’m still coming down! Learning I had been shortlisted while on holiday in Spain was a bit surreal. Being told the following day was just amazing. I felt completely lifted and excited. Still only just sinking in”.

Firebrand's Co-founder and Commercial Director Robert Chapman presents Jennifer Hamling-Hills with the Free Training For Life prize. 


“All of these skills will make both myself and my CV a more attractive package to prospective recruiters and could boost my earning potential for years to come. I’m 100% focused on my new learning journey”.

Where to begin?


Having worked in project management for over a decade Jennifer has always wanted to get the official credentials to go alongside her wealth of experience.

Jennifer has her target set on the accelerated PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner certification  as her first course. Here, she’ll learn to implement a scalable, process-based approach to project management.

After this Jennifer has expressed interest in the PRINCE2 Agile the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis certifications. Her long-term aspirations also include gaining a professional Microsoft certification to prove her SharePoint and Office 365 skills.  

Jennifer went on to say: “This for me is the start of something big. I’m raring to go”.

Jennifer’s prize will allow her access to our growing list of 400+ accelerated courses and won’t have to pay a penny for training, exams, course books, food or accommodation. Not to mention, Jennifer can undertake her training in any of Firebrand’s purpose-built centres across Europe and the Middle East.

Join our previous winners

Jennifer joins previous winners Joseph Guthrie, Mario Henkel and Darren Edmondson as the fourth winner of this annual prize.

You can join our previous winners as we’ve just relaunched the Free Training For Life competition for the fifth time!

Enter this year’s FTFL draw here. And, share your referral URL with friends and family to increase your chances. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Firebrand Training launch Microsoft Software Tester Apprenticeship with Testhouse

The demand for software testers is increasing but businesses across the UK are failing to get the testing and DevOps skills they need because of a lack of qualified professionals.

In response to this demand, Testhouse, a Microsoft Gold ALM Partner, and Firebrand Training, leaders in accelerated learning, have launched the Microsoft Software Tester Apprenticeship.



The launch of this programme aligns with Microsoft’s National Empowerment activity, which sees over 4,500 young people start a Microsoft-backed apprenticeship across over 2,500 Microsoft Partners and customers this year. This apprenticeship will also be delivered in time for the imminent arrival of the Apprenticeship Levy.

The Microsoft Software Tester apprenticeship is designed to bring new software testers and DevOps specialists into IT, at a time when these professionals are more essential than ever.

Built around the National Apprenticeship Standard for Software Testers, this apprenticeship programme is designed by Firebrand -- a Microsoft Gold Partner -- to align directly with job role demands of employers.

“We can’t wait to get new software testers and DevOps specialists into the industry to fill the digital skills gap and contribute to Microsoft’s target of 30,000 new apprenticeships by 2020” says Stefano Capaldo, Firebrand’s Managing Director.

“Firebrand are already receiving interest from employers for this new apprenticeship. We’re excited to have our first Azure apprentices starting soon.”

Get Microsoft Software Testing skills in your organisation


As apprentices learn how to design and execute tests on business applications and services, students on this programme will develop into software testing and DevOps professionals.

The rapid increase in popularity for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 has led to a lack of knowledge in the solution’s software testing tools. To meet this demand, apprentices will receive considerable training on this industry-standard platform.

Jim Cowdery, Head of Business Development at Testhouse, says:

“We are very proud to work with both Firebrand and Microsoft to provide much needed skills in the marketplace and offer businesses affordable testing solutions.”

Built by Testhouse and Firebrand, the programme also includes £10,000s worth of government-funded software testing training, including:


Firebrand’s Microsoft Software Tester programme is also fully customisable, so you can tailor it to suit you as an employer.

Plus, apprenticeships are not only for new staff. Savvy organisations can put existing employees on this Microsoft Software Tester Apprenticeship, boosting their testing skills with government-funded training.

Who is Firebrand Training?


Firebrand Training is the fastest way to learn. Firebrand’s apprentices train at twice the speed, getting industry-recognised certifications at an all-inclusive residential training centre. For more information on Firebrand’s unique accelerated learning take a look at the video below:


Since launching in 2001, Firebrand has trained more than 62,000 students and saved a total of 1 million hours. Firebrand Training is also a Microsoft Gold Training Partner and has provided accelerated apprenticeships since 2012.



Get more information on the new Microsoft Software Tester Apprenticeship, including how to access £10,000s of government-funded accelerated training. Or learn more about the Apprenticeship Levy with this this guide.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Firebrand launch new Microsoft Azure Apprenticeship programmes

The use of cloud technology is rapidly increasing but businesses across the UK are failing to progress their cloud projects because of a lack of skilled Azure professionals.

“Today 80% of our customers have already deployed or fully embraced the cloud – by 2020 the idea that a company has ‘no cloud’ would be as rare as a ‘no internet’ policy is today” says Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group.

But despite the rapid uptake of cloud technology, the industry is experiencing a massive skills shortage. Azure skills were the hardest to source, according to a 2016 study of Microsoft Partners from Curotalent.

Microsoft is committed to closing the skills gap with their pledge to create 30,000 new digital apprenticeship roles by 2020. As part of this, and in time for the imminent arrival of the Apprenticeship Levy, Firebrand have launched four new accelerated Azure apprenticeships.

“We’ve developed these accelerated Azure apprenticeships to reflect the knowledge and skills demanded by UK businesses.

“We’re excited to see these apprenticeships shape and develop Azure skills for the next generation of IT professionals" says Stefano Capaldo, Firebrand’s Managing Director.








Built by Firebrand -- in partnership with Microsoft – these new Azure apprenticeships are the first of their kind to align to existing National Apprenticeship standards. Each apprenticeship also includes £10,000s of accelerated Microsoft Azure training and certification.

How to get new Azure skills in your organisation, fast


Four new Azure programmes, built around in-demand job roles and designed by industry trailblazers, are now available to employers and apprentices.


Azure Infrastructure Technician

Azure Infrastructure Technicians learn to support internal and external customers by resolving virtual and on-premise queries. Apprentices will also study virtual machine (VM) administration.

Accelerated training includes:
Apprentices on this programme will develop into your next helpdesk technician, infrastructure technician or Azure network support professional.


Azure Software Developer

Azure Software Developers learn to design, build and test Azure solutions and applications. These apprentices will also learn how to build and host application infrastructure in Azure.

As well as official Microsoft Azure courses, accelerated training includes:
This programme will teach apprentices how to become an Azure mobile/application/systems/web developer.


Azure Cyber Security Technologist

Azure Cyber Security Technologists will use their specialist cloud knowledge to identify cyber threats and risks to organisations and people. Azure Cyber Security Technologists will also specialise in cloud platform and infrastructure security.

As well as official Microsoft Azure courses, accelerated training includes:
Typical job roles for apprentices on this programme include: cloud security architect, cyber operations manager, penetration tester and security engineer.


Azure Network Engineer

Azure Network Engineers focus on virtual networks whilst learning how to design, install and support communications within an organisation. Azure Network Engineers will become experts in network configuration and administration.

As well as official Microsoft Azure courses, accelerated training includes:
Apprentices on this programme will develop into network technicians, network administrators and systems engineers.


Are you planning for the Apprenticeship Levy yet?


With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, all businesses in the UK are now hugely incentivised to hire apprentices.

The Levy will change the way apprenticeships are funded. Here are three things employers need to know:
  1. Employers with a UK wage bill of over £3 million will pay the monthly levy
  2. Levy payments will be 0.5% of their annual pay bill
  3. Employers will control payments in a digital account where funds can be spent on apprenticeship training
  4. Non-levied employers will only pay 10% of the cost of apprenticeships, government will pay the remainder
Use your Levy on Azure apprenticeships, close your cloud skills gap, and move ahead with your Azure projects. Find out how you can hire and train Azure apprentices at little-to-no-cost right now.

Friday, 10 February 2017

EC-Council launch Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) v9 Update

As businesses wake up to the growing and imminent threat of cyber crime, cyber security is a top priority, now more than ever.

In 2004, the global cyber security market was worth just $3.5 billion. But, by 2020 it will be worth a staggering $120 billion according to Wired.

Because of the new and innovative ways businesses are experiencing hack attacks, it’s important that both security and response measures remain up-to-date.

EC-Council’s recent update to the Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) is a prime example of the security industry looking to keep your knowledge current and up-to-date on the latest techniques.

What to do after the worst happened?


The CHFI certification validates your skills in conducting a digital forensics investigation. From understanding which scripts to run in the all important moments following a breach to piecing together clues to catch a trespasser, digital forensics is your first response. 

Digital forensics detectives draw on a wide range of investigation and analysis techniques to identify an intruder's virtual footprints, in the hope of gathering potential legal evidence. 

Put into context, CHFIs are effectively virtual detectives. Just like you’d want an investigator on the case if jewellery was stolen from your home, you’ll want a CHFI if you’re the victim of a cyber breach.  The only difference is, even the most expensive pieces of jewellery can’t compare to the millions it can cost if you’re hacked.

The CHFI course covers major forensic investigation scenarios and presents a methodological approach to forensics. You'll cover searching and seizing, chain-of-custody, acquisition, preservation and analysis and reporting of digital evidence. 
   
There’s always an opportunity for a hacker to penetrate your system. When your organisation is hit by a cyber breach, the real issue is how you respond to the attack.

What are the new updates?


The new CHFI version 9 update has a number of key changes.

Firstly, this update introduces new content. You’ll dive into the latest forensics examination techniques, with new operating systems including Linux and MAC Forensics. In the previous version (v8), only Windows forensics was addressed. 

Furthermore, a host of new modules have been added to this course to reflect industry developments. The three modules added are database, cloud and malware forensics. With UK businesses at a cloud adoption rate of 84% and with 54% being hit by ransomware attacks, it's easy to see why these modules have been added.  

EC-Council have also added more than 40% new, hands-on labs to the program. These descriptive and analytical labs are well tested and results oriented. Even with these new labs however, EC-Council have in fact reduced the total number of labs and modules. From 22 modules, 42 labs and 2400 slides, they've now got 14 modules, 39 labs and only 1222 slidesThis change seeks to make the information more concise and digestible, whilst still covering all of the key areas in the same depth. 

 

Why is it essential to your cyber security in 2017?


In a world where 90% of all criminal cases have at least one form of electronic evidence (The Guardian), the importance of being able to conduct a digital forensics investigation is growing rapidly.

Furthermore, the digital forensics market is expected to grow around 15% globally from 2015 to 2020 as businesses quickly realise the importance of cyber forensics. 

Learn how to protect against a cyber attack, fast


Achieve the CHFI certification in just 5 days with Firebrand Training, or check out the extensive cyber security portfolio we have to offer. 

Here's what others thought about the CHFI course: 




   

Monday, 16 January 2017

The 5 cyber security statistics you need to know in 2017

‘Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world’ says IBM’s CEO, Ginni Rometty. If you’re already working on boosting your security – or haven’t started yet – now’s the time. Here’s five reasons why…


1. Cybercrime cost to hit £2.41 trillion a year - Juniper Research


Cybercrime is expensive. Get hit and you’ll feel it in your profits. For example, a successful DDoS attack will force your systems offline and can cost you upwards of £100,000 every hour. 2016 reported a 22% increase in cybercrime and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed in the media. Big names like Yahoo, TalkTalk, Tesco, Netflix, Sony and even the presidential election were victim to cyber-attacks.

Get EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker certification to help defend against attacks.


2. Cyber security spending to exceed £815 billion by 2021 - CSO Online


Businesses continue to realise the need to spend more on cyber security products, like software and training. In 2016, over £6.5bn was spent worldwide on information security (Gartner).

Despite this growing demand for training, a 2016 government report highlights that there’s still much to be done for businesses. With just under a fifth of businesses ensuring their staff take part in cyber security training in 2016, staff and the general public are still too unaware of their responsibilities in this regard.  

3. Unfilled cyber security jobs to reach 1.5 million by 2020 - (ISC)² 


There’s a severe shortage of qualified cyber security professionals. What’s more, the average salary for a CISSP certified professional is now £62,500.

The effect of this shortage means businesses are struggling to implement the security measures needed. A recent study by Cybersecurity Ventures of over 1,000 IT Professionals globally found that IT security managers reported significant obstacles in implementing desired security projects due to lack of expertise (34.5%) and inadequate staffing (26.4%).


4. Four billion people online by 2020 (Microsoft)


Double the current number of people will be online by 2020. As 91% of attacks begin with email phishing (Mimecast), the potential exploitation for hackers here is massive. Avoid social engineering attacks by educating your employees on information security.

More worrying statistics concerning the growing number of employees online and with access to sensitive data, came from AXELOS. They found that 75% of large organisations and nearly a third of small organisations suffered staff-related security breaches in 2015 and 50% of the worst breaches of the same year were caused by human error.   

A simple and cost-effective way to test your employees cyber security knowledge is through EC-Council’s Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) test. This will help benchmark the cyber security awareness and competence of your workforce.


5. 200 billion IoT devices will need securing by 2020 (Intel)


More internet connected devices – from thermostats to fridges - in the hands of the public means more opportunities for hackers to infiltrate home networks.

Take a look at the recent hack of the DNS provider Dyn, which brought down major organisations, as a result of an army of 100,000 IoT devices being hacked. Dyn Vice President Scott Hilton stated that the compromised devices had been hit with the notorious Mirai malware that scans for IoT devices that are still using their default passwords. It then enslaves those devices to a botnet army, which was used to force Dyn offline.

As technology develops and individuals and businesses increasingly adopt these novel technologies, the phrase, “with great power, comes great responsibility” has never rung truer. 

Are you prepared for the next cyber-attack?  

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

24 Microsoft exams retiring in 2017

It's been a busy 2016 for Microsoft, a major certification restructure was announced in September, which will see the retirement of all 13 existing MCSD and MCSE certifications on March 31st 2017.

These were replaced with a streamlined set of 5 certifications aligned to the latest job roles and the removal of recertification. Despite this huge shake up, built on by a new technology launch across every core Microsoft platform, the number of exam retirements is surprisingly light.

The reason, exams and curriculum aligned to the retiring MCSE and MCSD certifications are simply being reshuffled under the new certifications as electives. With that in mind, let's take a look at the changes.


Dynamics

With the launch of Dynamics 365, combining the existing CRM and ERP platforms, it is unsurprising that we see a range of retirements affecting CRM 2013 and AX 2012.

Retired on December 31, 2016
MB2-700: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Applications
MB2-701: Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
MB2-702: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Deployment
MB2-703: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration
MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
MB6-700: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Project
MB6-702: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Financials
MB6-703: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Trade and Logistics
MB6-704: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Development Introduction
MB6-884: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Lean Manufacturing
MB6-885: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Public Sector
MB6-886: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Process Manufacturing Production and Logistics
MB6-889: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Service Management

Retiring on March 31, 2017         
MB6-701: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Retail
MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration


SharePoint

Despite the launch of SharePoint Server 2016, there are currently no plans to retire exams aligned to SharePoint 2013. The only retirements associated with platform are in the form of recertification exams for the MCSE and MCSD certifications, which are no longer a requirement.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-383: Recertification for MCSE: SharePoint
70-384: Recertification for MCSE: Communication
70-385: Recertification for MCSE: Messaging
70-517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications


SQL Server

As with SharePoint, we see only the planned retirement of recertification exams. Despite the existence of SQL Server 2014 and the arrival of SQL Server 2016, there are still no plans to retire exams aligned to SQL Server 2012 and the associated MCSA.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-469: Recertification for MCSE: Data Platform
70-470: Recertification for MCSE: Business Intelligence


Visual Studio and .NET

The most interesting exam retirements planned for Visual Studio are 70-354 and 70-355, which align to the Universal Windows Platform. These will coincide with the retirement of the MCSD: Universal Windows Platform.

In place of these exams comes 70-357: Developing Mobile Apps, which forms the second requirement for the new MCSA: Universal Windows Platform.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-354: Universal Windows Platform – App Architecture and UX/UI
70-355: Universal Windows Platform – App Data, Services, and Coding Patterns
70-490: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5
70-491: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C#
70-494: Recertification for MCSD: Web Applications
70-499: Recertification for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

Retiring on July 31, 2017
70-488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
70-489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions


Windows

With a rather quiet exit, the MCSA: Windows 8.1 retired on December 31, with the removal of exams 70-687 and 70-688.

Retired on December 31, 2016
70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1
70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1
70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
70-692: Upgrading Your Windows XP Skills to MCSA Windows 8


Windows Server

Despite being almost 8 years old, numerous planned and failed retirements, MCSA: Windows Server 2008 is finally set for legacy status. The retirement of aligned exams 70-640, 70-642 and 70-646 is scheduled for July 31, 2017.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-980: Recertification for MCSE: Server Infrastructure
70-981: Recertification for MCSE: Private Cloud

Retiring on July 31, 2017
70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
70-646: Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator


Other

Retiring on January 31, 2017
74-697: OEM Preinstallation

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)

Retiring on July 31, 2017
70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager