Showing posts with label Certification News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Certification News. Show all posts

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Discover 5 new accelerated IT security courses from Firebrand

 By Sarah Morgan

With over 700 million data records estimated to have been stolen in 2015, security is currently one of the most sought-after skills in IT. It is expected that the cyber security industry will be short of 1.5 million skilled professionals by 2019, as demand outstrips supply. For businesses, it is more important than ever to stay ahead of cyber criminals, implementing rigorous IT security infrastructure. Demand for skilled IT security professionals has never been higher. 
The costs of cyber crime to businesses are huge.
Photo courtesy of Flickr / SEOPlanter

This has fuelled demand for cyber security certifications alongside the development of brand new ones. Firebrand has released five new accelerated certification courses at the forefront of IT security. Below we breakdown the key information of these new certifications, highlighting what skills they’ll teach you and what makes each of them unique.

1. AXELOS Cyber Resilience: Foundation & Practitioner (RESILIA™)

The AXELOS RESILIA course gives you the knowledge and skills to prevent, detect and respond to organisational cyber attacks. It teaches you to manage the components of Cyber Resilience and blends the techniques with your existing managerial systems. It covers topics like risk management, cyber security resilience operations and continual improvement. It is the perfect certification to give you a managerial overview of implementing cyber security best practice.

Firebrand’s accelerated 3 day course, which is 50% faster than traditional training, covers both the Foundation and Practitioner curriculums and includes both exams at our training centre. This certification is from AXELOS, the creators of the world famous PRINCE2.

2. ISACA Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner (CSX)

ISACA, the creators of the CISA and CISM certifications, have recently released the CSX Practitioner. It is one of the most hands-on cyber security courses available, teaching you real-world skills you can implement immediately. It does this through five domains: Identify, Detect, Protect, Respond and Recover. These cover every stage of a potential cyber attack, giving you the complete range of knowledge and skills. Specific skills you’ll learn include implementing cybersecurity controls, analysing and monitoring network output and escalating incidents and attacks. 

Our accelerated 9 day course is 44% faster than traditional training and includes learning half of your skills through practical lab exercises in a virtual cyber environment. You’ll sit a practical performance based exam, demonstrating your skills as a cyber security first responder.

3. EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

The CCISO teaches you to master the technical aspects of security management through the five domains of EC-Council's CCISO Body of Knowledge. These are Governance, Information Security Management Controls and Auditing Management, Management – Projects and Operations, Information Security Core Competencies and Strategic Planning & Finance. You’ll learn knowledge and skills in areas like information security laws, regulations and guidelines, the Audit Management Process and security strategic planning.

Firebrand is the exclusive launch partner for the CCISO in England. Our 3 day course is 25% faster than traditional training and includes the exam. It’s creators, EC-Council, are the force behind the popular Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

4. GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Photo courtesy of Flickr / Yuri Samoilov

The GSEC course from GIAC is among the most popular entry-level security certifications on the market. It is designed to build the strong foundations of your cyber security knowledge or bridging any gaps in your existing knowledge of IT security fundamentals. The GSEC covers a huge range of security topics like firewalls, DNS, common types of attacks, authentication and password management and vulnerability scanning.

Firebrand’s GSEC course is only 5 days (28% faster than traditional training) and is ideal for developing the knowledge of security professionals as well as managers. GIAC are also the providers of the GICSP certification in IT security. 

5. GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)

Learn specialist penetration testing skills with GIAC’s GPEN course. It teaches you to assess networks and find vulnerabilities that could be maliciously exploited. Penetration testing skills are rare and valuable to employers. The GPEN certification proves you have diversified your security skills into a unique and technical area .These skills increase your worth to employers. The GPEN covers areas like reconnaissance, web application probing and advanced password attacks.

On our accelerated 5 day course (28% faster than traditional training), you’ll conduct a real penetration test, giving you practical skills that are relevant and can make an immediate impact in the real-world. Plus, GIAC are the official certification body of The SANS Institute. 

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Firebrand awarded Gold Accredited Learning Provider status by Learning & Performance Institute

 By Sarah Morgan

We are delighted to announce that Firebrand has been awarded the status of Gold Accredited Learning Provider by the Learning & Performance Institute. This is the 11th year running that Firebrand has achieved the Gold level accreditation.

Accreditation from the Learning & Performance Institute is seen as the leading standard to recognise outstanding organisations within the training and learning industry. Firebrand were awarded this accreditation for continued commitment to high quality and process improvement in the provision of learning, development and training services to clients.

The assessment criteria for accreditation measures an organisation’s performance in the areas of:

Business integrity
Learning and development performance
Learning and development staff
Pre-learning activities and outputs
The blend of learning
Post intervention and ongoing learning support

Achieving the gold standard overall, recognises Firebrand at the elite level across the board in these areas. With this, Firebrand remains in an exclusive list of just 89 providers accredited by the Learning & Performance Institute.

Firebrand Training’s UK Managing Director, Emma Seaman said:

“The LPI accreditation is particularly rewarding for Firebrand because it is vendor neutral and because of the continuous improvement LPI demands of accreditation candidates. It is another fantastic reward and achievement for all the hard work maintaining the highest standard of training that Firebrand’s delegates deserve. We’re extremely proud of everyone for keeping up the fantastic work.”

This is the third achievement in as many months for Firebrand, having won the Accredited Training Centre of the Year award at the EC-Council global awards and Firebrand Training Nordics was named Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year

This award endorses the high standard in which Firebrand’s vast portfolio of 200+ accelerated courses are delivered. This includes courses from Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and Linux, as well as security courses from (ISC)2 and EC-Council and project management courses from APMG and PMI.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Preview of the new CompTIA performance based exam questions

Since the announcement of the changes made in the CompTIA exams (Changes in CompTIA exams), several of you have wanted to know more.

CompTIA logoThe video below offers a simulated test session which will give you an understanding of what to expect.

The new performance based questions were first released this month and are due to spread to other CompTIA courses by the end of the year.

The length of the video is 15 minutes and is worth the watch to be ready for your next exam.

The exams will potentially not be as easy, but if you learn your stuff, it will be a breeze. Students will perform tasks and solve problems to answer the questions using a simulated environment. Read more on the changes to be ready here.

Monday, 1 October 2012

CompTIA CTP+ certification exam retiring

In another recent announcement by CompTIA, the CTP+ certification exam will be retired by the end of the year.

CompTIA CTP+ logoThe CTP+ exam which was launched in 2010 covered the topics of convergent technologies. But as technologies are evolving at such a rapid rate, the need to change, update and/or remove exams is increasing. 

In a recent blog post by Kelsey Wieties from CompTIA, stated that "Since the exam launch, new forms of technology have developed, causing changes in the way business is conducted. These technologies include new mobile technologies and business models such as cloud computing. As a result of these emerging technologies, the standards for measuring and testing a unified communications professional have changed and will continue to change as even newer technologies are introduced."

The 31st of December, 2012 will be the last chance to to take the CompTIA CTP+ certification exam. This covers all Pearson VUE testing centers (where these exams are only available). This does not affect the CompTIA STP+ certification itself and it will not expire.

Friday, 31 August 2012

MCSD Certification to be released in October


The second qualification for the new MCSD line-up is about to be released. MCSD: Web Applications is designed for developers who use Azure, MVC, CSS3, and most importantly HTML5; the language Microsoft is pushing the most for its ‘Metro-style’ apps.

  • 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • 70-486: Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications
  • 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

70-480 (HTML5 with Javascript and CSS3) is part of the MCSD: Metro Style Apps track and is going to be available on 20 August. The others are said to be released during October this year.

Monday, 16 July 2012

New 10-day SAP Business Warehouse Implementation certification launched

Firebrand has launched a new SAP Certified Application Associate Business Warehouse (Implementation) certification. The accelerated ten-day course is for professionals who understand Data Warehousing and the Data Dictionary.

You’ll need to sit and pass the following exam on the course:

  • SAP® Certified Application Associate - Modeling with SAP® BW 7.3 & SAP® BI 4.0 (Code:C_TBW55_73)

Broadly, you’ll learn the following elements on the course:

  • Enterprise Data Warehousing
  • Business Warehouse Modeling & Implementation
  • Business Warehouse Data Acquisition
  • SAP® Business Objects (BO) Reporting Clients & Information Design Tool

You’ll become a SAP® Certified Application Associate in Business Warehouse (BW) Implementation on finishing the course and passing the exam.

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. 

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Microsoft introducing colour codes in their exams

Microsoft will be adding colour codes to improve readability of their developer exams for certifications. Beginning with Visual Studio 11 portfolio, Microsoft will be adding default Visual Studio colours in their developer exams.

Microsoft will initially role this change out in beta exams, and then based on feedback will make them live across their certification exams.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

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:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

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.

Friday, 23 March 2012

What do the CIOs think about IT’s prospects this Quarter?

Robert Half Technology has very recently released an IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, which gives some interesting insights on how IT is expected to perform in the Q2. Some of the key findings from the survey of over 1400 CIOs are:

3 per cent increase in anticipated IT hiring activity is down from a 10 per cent increase projected last quarter.

Eighty-five per cent of CIOs plan to maintain their current staffing levels. This is up 15 points from the first quarter. 

Networking and IT security professionals are in greatest demand.

Sixty-five per cent of CIOs claim it's challenging to find skilled professionals today.

Eighty-seven per cent of CIOs are somewhat or very confident in their companies' growth prospects in Q2.

"Although hiring in the second quarter isn't expected to be as robust as it was at the beginning of the year, the trend remains positive. Those in hot specialties, such as networking and IT security, will continue to be in strong demand," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Get Certified To Get More in Life...

Since certifications came into recognition, there have been some who have debated whether certifications are worth pursuing or not.

Statistics have proved time and again that certs lead to promotions and raises. A survey of 700 networking professionals in tells what we already know – 60% of professionals said that their certifications led to a new job, 56% said they got raise, and about 29% said they got a promotion with their company.

Certifications from vendors such as Microsoft and Cisco have always been in demand. Recent certs which have come in recognition are the Project Management certifications like PMP and PRINCE2.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

University Applications Fall

The number of UK-born university applications for September 2012, have fallen by about 12%, UCAS figures reveal. Earlier this year, the cap on the tuition fees for home students was raised to £9,000; close to three times more than what it used to be.
More and more people are opting out of university, and looking for other means of education – college, vocational training and certifications. And rightly so. An average CCNP certified professional earns £45,000, while the average salary of CISSP professional is £50,000, according to ITJobsWatch. A PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager's average salary is £50,000.

In the last few months, we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of school leavers from the demographics of 18-24 on our courses. There is a clear shift in people's preference for alternative, cheaper and quicker ways to kick start their career. The time is right to get a certification.

Monday, 12 September 2011

UK More Competitive Than Germany or France

UK Businesses will outperform its European rivals like France and Germany, a report has claimed.
UK came 5th in the Global Competitiveness Index2011 by the Business Software Alliance. Achieving a high ranking will not only appease the technology vendors, but will also create a business environment that encourages IT-enabled business improvement, Julia Swan, director of European compliance marketing at BSA said. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that investment in IT is becoming critical for the overall health of the UK economy.” he said. 

IT is arguably one of the most sought after industry to be in right now, and having a certification to prove that you're qualified is paramount to success.  

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, 10 February 2011

World Exclusive: PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certification in 3 Days

Firebrand has become the only training provider in the world to offer both PRINCE2 certifications in just three days; 40% faster than traditional training.

Students will gain both PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner certifications, including sitting the exams, in the three days.

This world exclusive PRINCE2 training is currently being offered in March and April to Firebrand alumni only. A full launch is currently scheduled for late April.

Monday, 31 January 2011

Exchange 2010 Course Reduced To Five Days

Our Microsoft Exchange 2010 course has been shortened to a blistering five days.

Now students will gain both of the following certifications
within just one working week:

Exam 70-662 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
Exam 70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Friday, 28 January 2011

Information Security Salaries Rise 11% In 2010

Information security salaries in the UK increased by 11% in 2010, according to a market report by Barclay Simpson.

There was a spike in recuitment in the sector in early 2010. This is said to have been catch-up from a slow 2009, where recruitment was low. It is indicative of the improving economy that this growth was primarily in the financial services sector.

In late 2010, the demand for information security professionals continued to grow. As the amount of available professionals shrunk, it led to the increase in salaries.

It's not expected to end there. The report predicts that salaries will continue to grow an additional 10% in 2011.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Need For IT Professionals To Double

Cisco has released some rather IT industry stats:

  • The need For IT professionals will double by 2013
  • The demand for wireless network specialists is expected to double in the next five years
  • In this time, demand for network security specialists will grow by 80%, and voice network specialists by 70%
  • Video instant messaging and calling is set to increase ten-fold through 2013
Cisco has also pointed out that the annual salary of a Cisco Certified professional increases up to 9% on average - compared to non-certified individuals. In the USA, a Cisco Certified network Professional (CCNP) earns an average salary of $101,020.

As Cisco eloquently puts it: "Knowledge is power, and certification is your proof."

Friday, 5 November 2010

Office 365 For Enterprises Launched

Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises bundles SharePoint, Exchange, Office Communications Server etc. for the cloud.

Developed as the successor to Microsoft BPOS, the cloud-hosted program boasts features including:

  • 25 GB mailboxes
  • Guaranteed 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement
  • 24/7 IT support
  • Single sign-on capability
  • Latest version of Office Professional Plus
  • Office Web Apps
  • Always-up-to-date antivirus and anti-spam system
  • Team sites to share documents, task lists, and schedules