Friday, 14 June 2019

Simplyhealth – How to recruit the best possible candidates for digital apprenticeships


The vicious circle of digital recruitment is well-known by just about every business – too few skilled, experienced individuals for the number of positions on offer. Even when recruiting for individuals with no previous experience, it can be difficult to attract candidates with a relevant background. 

So how do you tease out non-traditional candidates’ aptitude for digital roles and get the motivated, skilled digital people you want, particularly when you’re not a tech giant or even in the tech industry?

Thursday, 6 June 2019

ISACA Switch To Continuous Testing - How To Schedule Your Exam

ISACA Switch to Continuous Testing - How to Schedule Your Exam






Engaging with nearly half a million professionals across approximately 200 countries, ISACA has spent 50 years developing a reputation as one of the most respected international bodies in IT and Information Systems.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

CISA vs CISM - How Do I Choose?

CISA vs CISM - How do I choose?








The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) offered by ISACA are both highly regarded Information Security certifications. However, that’s where the similarities end. The 2 courses boast largely different content, testing different aspects of information security which lead to different IT careers.

CCSP or CISSP Certification - Which Is Better?

How Do I Choose Between CCSP and CISSP?


















CISSP and CCSP certifications go hand in hand and often there is confusion between the two. Although both are founded by non-profit organisation, (ISC)², both are IT courses and both concern cyber security, there are several differences between the two that will take you on different career paths.

The following is an in-depth exploration of the two certifications to help you decide which one is best for you.


Friday, 17 May 2019

The 5 Best CCNA Books for Exam Revision in 2019

Best CCNA Certification Books


[Update: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2019]

The CCNA has distinguished itself as 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 an average salary of over £60,000.


Top 5 CCNP Books for Exam Revision in 2019

Top 5 CCNP Books for Exam Revision 2019
[This post has been updated for 2019]

The CCNP: Routing and Switching is an intermediate-level certification that builds the knowledge and skills you gained on the CCNA: Routing and Switching.

Directed at network and system administrators planning and implementing Cisco’s high-end network solutions, the CCNP provides a more in-depth understanding of WAN/LAN and how they work. Achieve the CCNP and you could be on track for an average contractor salary of £96,400 according to CW Jobs.

The 5 Best CEH Certification Books For 2019

CEH Certification Books 2019


Updated: this article was updated for 2019

Cyber attacks are now among the top threats to businesses and consumers globally. The BBC accounted more than half of British firms have reported cyber attacks in 2019 already. The need for professionals with the Certified Ethical Hacker certification (CEH) is rapidly increasing, but achieving this qualification requires skill and determination.

10 Best Six Sigma Books For 2019

Best Six Sigma Books
[This post has been updated for 2019]

Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to eliminate defects in any business process. From application development to manufacturing, the right implementation of Six Sigma can help you to improve processes by finding and removing the causes of errors.


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The Free Training for Life Winner of 2019 is…

Winner of Free Training for Life 2019 Announced









Every year someone wins the opportunity of a lifetime - unlimited free access to over 700 accelerated training courses. This year thousands of professionals entered across 14 countries, from IT technicians to expert penetration testers, in the hope to become 2019’s Free Training for Life (FTFL) winner.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Here's Why You Want to Become a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Here's Why You Want to Become a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert














Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert teaches you the skills you need to design solutions that run on Microsoft Azure.

With Azure identified as one of the fastest growing cloud providers - 85% of the Fortune 500 companies have confirmed they already use Azure - as the problem solver, this certification is one of the most in-demand certifications at the moment.


Become a Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert

Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert

The Modern Workplace with Microsoft 365 is a space where businesses have the opportunity to develop themselves. This includes inspiring their employees, being creative with customer services and operations – essentially adopting and adapting the business’ progression models.

Microsoft Enterprise Administrator Expert is based on the Modern Workplace. It consists of planning, migrating, evaluating, managing and deploying Microsoft 365 services.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Discover 2019's Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate

Discover 2019's Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate















In early 2018, Microsoft announced a huge restructuring to their certifications. This came about as a reaction to the growing demand for more job-specific certifications. The Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate is 1 of the 6 new role-based certifications that represent a new generation of Microsoft learning.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate - Everything You Need to Know

Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate - Everything You Need to Know


The cloud computing market is forecast to hit a whopping $411 billion by 2020, according to new research by CenturyLink and Statista. This progress has resulted in a huge increase in demand for qualified cloud administrators that’s only going to grow.

Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate certification was developed using advanced Job Task Analysis – this means you’ll learn the skills and knowledge relevant to becoming a successful Azure Administrator.


Friday, 12 April 2019

Firebrand Launch Support for BAE Systems' Intelligence Network

Firebrand supports BAE Systems Intelligence Network

Firebrand has just announced corporate support for BAE Systems’ Intelligence Network, a growing community of cyber and financial crime professionals and industry figures.

Introducing the Updated HCISPP for 2019

Introducing the Updated HCISPP for 2019 Title Image




















The HealthCare Information Security Protection Practitioner (HCISPP) is the most respected certification that teaches you how best to protect healthcare organisations and sensitive data against potential threats.

Healthcare IT is a growing domain within the IT industry. With the HCISPP, you’ll gain the expertise to protect sensitive healthcare information, improve patient quality of care by recognising the risks and potential consequences of exposed data - all using the proper techniques.


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Complete Guide to AXELOS' ITIL 4 Certification

The Complete Guide to AXELOS' ITIL 4 Certification

For the last 30 years, AXELOS’ IT Information Library (ITIL) has been recognised as the world’s leading best practice framework for IT management, used by millions of professionals globally.

The ITIL 4 Foundation certification was launched on the 28th of February 2019, AXELOS’ first update in over 10 years. Margo Leach, Chief Product Officer at AXELOS, said, “There is a lot of excitement… The feedback we have had so far has been extremely positive.”

Here’s a quick look at the most important changes introduced in ITIL 4:

Monday, 1 April 2019

The new CCSP for 2019 - Domain Refresh

The new CCSP for 2019 - Domain Refresh

(ISC)² introduced the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification in 2015 to address the growing need for highly skilled cloud security professionals. It’s a globally recognised way of proving your expertise in securing cloud infrastructure and ranked 5th in the Certification Magazine’s 2019 Salary Survey.

The CCSP’s first update has been announced for August 1st 2019. 


Monday, 18 February 2019

ECIH v2 released by EC-Council (Certified Incident Handler)

ECIH v2 Update Certified Incident Handler title image
EC-Council’s Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) is one of the most globally respected incident handling certifications. It covers how to prepare for, manage and recover from a wide range of incident threats to an organisation.

On the 15th of February EC-Council released ECIH Version 2 (v2). As a top EC-Council partner, Firebrand had the chance to preview the new certification.

Here’s a quick look at the changes introduced in the ECIH v2:

Friday, 8 February 2019

Firebrand trains 1000th digital apprentice to achieve accreditation by the British Computer Society (BCS)








Hannah Surry, a Level 3 Software Development Technician apprentice working for Lloyds Banking Group, became the 1000th apprentice to be accredited by the BCS in December. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2019

Top 10 IT Certifications for 2019


The IT industry is predicted to keep growing in 2019 - as cloud, data protection and cyber security are now vital for all businesses.