Showing posts with label Firebrand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Firebrand. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Why CISSP is a must have certification, now more than ever

ISC2's CISSP course is essential if your pursuing a senior role in Information Security. CISSP provides an extensive overview of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK): a compendium of information security practices and standards compiled and continually updated by (ISC)2.

CISSP is integral in developing an extensive understanding of information security and has gained importance as a key component in the selection process for management-level information security positions. But, for those that are unfamiliar, here are the top reasons why CISSP is the certification to choose, now more than ever.

1. Worldwide recognition:

A certification is only as good as the recognition attached to it. Unlike many standard certs, CISSP boasts industry wide recognition, acknowledged in 2015 by SC Magazine (for the fifth time) as the ‘Best Professional Certification Program’.

This Gold Standard credential is not only recognised by the world’s leading multinationals - such as Google, IBM and P&G - it’s also deemed a requirement in 56% of cyber jobs in the contracting industry. If you’re looking to take on the complicated world of IT security, a CISSP certification is a must have.

2. Job competence:

In the 2015 (ISC)2 Global Workforce Study, the report found that the attributes that best characterise ‘successful’ information security professionals came down to a broad understanding of the security field, communication skills and awareness of the latest security threats. 

2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study

CISSP’s core content, seen in the domains listed below, actively seeks to develop this wide range of information and security management. The CISSP CBK consists of the following eight domains:
  • Security and Risk Management: Addresses a broad spectrum of general information security and risk management topics.
  • Asset Security: Addresses the collection, handling and protection of information throughout its life cycle. 
  • Security Engineering: Is the practice of building information systems and related architecture that continue to deliver the required functionality in the face of threats that may be caused by malicious acts. 
  • Communication and Network Security: Encompasses the network architecture, transmission methods, transport protocols, control devices and the security measures used to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information transmitted over both private and public communication networks. 
  • Identity and Access Management: Involves provisioning and managing the identities and access used in the interaction of humans and information systems, of disparate information systems and even between individual components of information systems. 
  • Security Assessment and Testing: Involves the evaluation of information assets and associated infrastructure using various tools and techniques for the purposes of identifying and mitigating risk. 
  • Security Operations: Involves the application of information security concepts and best practices to the operation of enterprise computing systems.
  • Software Development Security: Involves the application of security concepts and best practices to production and development software environments. 
The Global Workforce study also compares the job roles of (ISC)2 members versus non-members. 

The findings show those with an (ISC)2 certification such as CISSP, although in possession of a wide range of information, are more likely to take on specialised job roles. Examples of such specialist positions include Security Consultant, Security Architect, Information Assurance Manager or Security Advisor. Nannette Ripmeester, founder of Expertise in Labour Mobility, believes these “specific skills are valued more [by employers] because they are more difficult to teach”. Non-members, however, are more likely to have generalist IT roles such as Network Administrator, Security Systems Administrator or Technical Consultant. 

3. (ISC)2 Membership:

Once you have completed an (ISC)2 certification and subject to annual maintenance fees, you become an (ISC)2 member. This membership offers plenty of resources and benefits that can help further your knowledge and network. Some of these include:

  • Access to a vast network: With over 110,000 members across 160 countries, you will gain access to other CISSP certified individuals and the shareable knowledge of this community. 

  • The opportunity to earn CPEs - critical for maintaining your certification in good standing

  • Discounts on industry conferences and access to free online events. 

  • Access to industry-leading research: Includes the ISC Journal and the Global Information Security Workforce Study. 
  • Security central: An exclusive resource that researches and tracks vulnerabilities using proprietary, state-of-the-art algorithms to aggregate, categorise and prioritise vulnerabilities affecting tens of thousands of products.
  • Industry recognition: An event acknowledging distinguished information security professionals. 
  • Digital badges: Allows you to share your credentials online through the use of a badge.

4. Earning potential:

The CISSP certification proves you have the advanced skills, knowledge and commitment required, to command higher wages.

The challenging standards require students to have at least 5 years of experience in two of the eight (ISC)2 domains listed above. Additionally, the student must complete a 250 question multiple choice exam in order to be officially certified.

Although a difficult process, requiring students to fully understand the CBK and framework of information security practices and standards, the return on investment makes it one of the most highly sought after courses available. 

Those with a CISSP certification command an average an salary of £76,700, compared with £62,500 for similar job titles without a CISSP certification.

5. Growing demand for Security Professionals/Higher spending on IT security:

CISSP has and is likely to always remain a well-performing certification, but what makes it so special today?

As businesses become increasingly dependent on information technology, the importance of cyber security has never been so important. Cybersecurity Ventures projects $1 trillion will be spent globally on cyber security from 2017 to 2021. Editor-In-Chief, Steve Morgan, stated that “IT analyst forecasts are unable to keep pace with the dramatic rise in cyber-crime”. Forbes echoed this in a recent article, stating that the booming cyber security market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.

Despite the industry experiencing rapid growth, (ISC)2 found that by 2019 there will be a shortage of 1.5 million information security professionals. So, not only is CISSP a qualification that can propel your IT career, its current high demand in a growing industry make 2016 the best time to start. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Get your Official VMware vSphere certification in five days


Firebrand Training is excited to announce we now offer the official VMware ® vSphere 5.5 Fast Track (VCP) course.

The traditional route to VMware vSphere certification can be slow. After attending the five-day VMware Install, Configure, Manage course AND the five-day Optimize and Scale course, you’d still need to allow an extra day to sit the VCP exam.

Cut those 11 days to five on the VMware ® vSphere 5.5 Fast Track (VCP) course. In partnership with HP, Firebrand has combined VMware Install, Configure, Manage with the advanced elements of Optimize and Scale. You’ll also sit the official VMware VCP exam which is covered by the Firebrand Certification Guarantee.

Your fastest way to become a vSphere5.5 certified professional

The vSphere5.5 Fast Track packs in even more training time than the basic Install, Configure, Manage course. You’ll get:
  • 12 more hands-on labs
  • 11 extra modules
  • Up to 20 hours more learning time

You’ll have more time to study vSphere5.5 features on the Firebrand course – spend up to 12 hours in class with your instructor each day.

Get 24-hour access to your own dedicated server and master advanced virtualisation features like high availability and scalability.

Become a virtualisation visionary

Get an official certification from VMware, a company that accounts for 58% of the virtualisation market. 63% of IT professionals are responsible for managing virtualisation; Stand out from the crowd with an official vSphere5.5 cert. Become a VMware certified professional in just 5-days.

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. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

9 Firebrand Apprentices achieve a staggering 76 certifications in just 5 weeks


Last week we said goodbye to yet another fantastic group of young apprentices. After spending five weeks of intense training with us over the past year, the group’s prospects are looking brighter than ever. They are now well on their way to a career in IT.

From left to right - Iman Attia, Fraser Price, Lewis Graham, Billy Raymond Rowan Farmer, Gary Fildes (Instructor), Lamar Brownbill, Jack Lugar, Alex Buckland and Jacob Noble. 
As a result of their Firebrand Apprenticeship, the group of 9, known affectionately as DESK0913, achieved a staggering number of industry certifications. The industry recognised certs are definitive measures of their technical aptitude and identify the group as driven, smart and ultimately extremely employable.

Altogether, the 9 students attained the following:

36 MTA’s
18 CompTIA Strata’s
4 CompTIA A+
5 CompTIA Network+
5 CompTIA Security+
5 MCTS Windows 7 070-680 (FULL MCP)

The brilliant achievement includes 73 exam passes of technical certifications, 7 ICT functional Skills, 18 City and Guilds exam passes – that’s another apprenticeship cohort with 100 exam passes.

These are all official industry recognised certifications requiring diligent studying and the completion of tough exams. As anybody who has experienced Firebrand’s accelerated training will attest to – achieving these qualifications is no easy feat.

And it gets even more impressive. These qualifications were all achieved by our apprentices during a year of full-time work. The group gained invaluable real-world experience with their employers and we expect them to remain employed even after completing their apprenticeship - a near-perfect 99% of them do.

If you’re looking for a career in IT, you can get industry recognised certifications and earn cash whilst in a proper job. Check now to see if you’re eligible to become a Firebrand Apprentice. Alternatively, if you want a talented and driven young person within your organisation, see the additional benefits of hiring a Firebrand Apprentice on our site.

It’s a great effort all round – congratulations and good luck to Iman, Fraser, Lewis, Billy, Rowan, Lamar, Jack, Alex and Jacob!

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, 3 September 2013

The excellent US adventures of Jez and Begoo


If you've been with us for more than 7 years, you are rewarded with an extra 4 weeks of holiday, on top of the 5 weeks you are entitled to. That’s the concept of the sabbatical leave at Firebrand, and this is the story of two fine gentlemen, making the most of it.

Bernd and Jeremy joined Firebrand in 2005 and 2006, respectively. They are both senior members of Firebrand’s global sales division and also fans of steak. Having been good friends for years they decided to spend their well-deserved one-month holiday together, on a road trip around the Wild West. 

“In the beginning there was a car. A car and 2 men. One Brit, one German…Together, they set off on a 4 week road trip around the USA.” – July 24, The Beginning

Although, our heroes encountered an uneasy start in Dublin, namely a 3-hour delay, they have arrived to Chicago in one piece and were ready to be acquainted with their new companion, a snow-white Jeep.

After some sightseeing, some satisfying dining and Jez purchasing a 56° golf wedge to commemorate their adventures, the boys were finally ready to hit the road. And what could have been a more perfect start than a drive on Route 66? Our adventurers headed out to Pontiac, Illinois to check out the museum, named after the legendary route.

An actual Pontiac, in Pontiac

Before reaching their next big pit stop in Nashville, Jez and Begoo called it a night in Indiana. 

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The next morning marked the very first occasion of something fun. Jez hitting golf balls into each state, starting with Kentucky.  

Jez hitting a ball into Kentucky

Before the sun descended, B&J (not Ben & Jerry) made it to Tennessee, where a new set of adventures awaited them. 

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The Johnny Cash Museum, the Jack Daniel’s distillery, paying tribute to Elvis in Memphis and of course hitting some golf balls. Been there, done that. Tennessee’s been good to our travelers, but it was time to move on. Next up: Driving through Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana to Texas!

Begoo in front of the JD distillery 

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Cowboys, guns and massive steaks. The Lone Star State didn’t disappoint. Besides the biggest clichés, the guys also got to see the remarkable Alamo Mission in San Antonio. After visiting the famous site, Jez and Begoo enjoyed San Antonio’s hospitality and nightlife before making their way to Roswell, New Mexico.

The Alamo

Before reaching the famous “UFO crash site”, the boys had to say goodbye to their dazzling white chariot, due to oil issues. Luckily, a worthy replacement had been appointed and they were able to carry on without a major disruption. 520 miles later, they were finally in New Mexico.

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Alien 'relics' in Roswell, NM

Roswell adventures, excellent pie and golf. New Mexico had fun written all over it, but Tombstone, Arizona was calling, YEEEE-HAA!

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Tombstone, AZ

After experiencing the truly amazing wilderness of the West, Utah and Colorado were next on our traveler’s agenda. 

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Wild Western Wonder

With only a couple days left of the great adventure, the boys turned North-East to make their way back to Chicago through Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.  

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Needless to say, they checked out all the must-sees of these states, such as Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota or the world’s largest ball of twine in Minnesota. 

Mt. Rushmore

18 states, like 18 holes on a golf course. Coincidence? We’ll never know, but we do know is that Jez and Begoo came back to the office with a huge smile and tons of memories. 

About the Author:       
Peter 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.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Thank Firebrand it's Friday - First Edition


Welcome to the first edition of "Thank Firebrand it's Friday", TFiF for short (because in Tech we all love acronyms). We work hard here in the Firebrand Comms team to bring you all the latest news, reviews and updates on IT Certifications and Technology via the Firebrand Blog. The Blog was created with the defining principle of adding value to our community, and helping you the reader in your day job by giving you the knowledge you seek.

For those that follow Firebrand closely, you'll have hopefully spotted our 'how-to' guides floating about the web on technical publications, if not here are a few examples on TechNet, ServerWatch and TechRadar Pro.

But we've felt like something's missing, something a little less serious, informative yet fun, something that is perfect for a Friday afternoon, and so we (I) have created TFiF. As it's the first edition it will likely evolve as time progresses and we'd love your feedback on how to shape it. Today it's a bit of a hotch botch of fun things found around the web...

LEGO™ just got technical

Man I wish littleBits were around when I was a kid (I say this as if I haven't ordered a set), these guys have taken the concept of LEGO™ building blocks and completely revolutionised it for the 21st-Century. For the Trekkies amongst you, think Borg assimilation, they've effectively taken LEGO™, injected it with technology and in the process made the practice of learning about hardware design accessible to kids. Check out this two minute video and try not to purchase a set at the end.

Check out some of the products already created, the hardware is open-source so expect some rapid expansion from the 50 modules currently available, allowing far more complex products to be created. If you read my previous post on the growing skills gap in the UK technology sector, littleBits could be the educational solution sought to address the issue at grass-roots level, especially in the the hardware design sector.

Leap Motion will blow your mind

If you haven't seen the Leap Motion Controller yet, you need this in your life. Planning to ship May 14th, 2013 this product from software and hardware company Leap Motion is set to revolutionise the way we all interact with computers. If this takes off then it could effectively destroy the emerging touch screen market being driven through Microsoft in Windows 8. 

Time to make a LEGO™ Data Center

Ever wanted to see a Data Center made of LEGO™ ? Me neither, but now you can thanks to the efforts of Eduardo Tanaka and the fact that it's a Friday afternoon.

Well that's about it for today, I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of TFiF, let's see where next week take us. And as I leave you; continuing along the Data Center theme, check out this shot from one of Google's Data Centers. You can see the full gallery here - Google Data Centers

About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint 2007 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology. 

Friday, 7 September 2012

30 years of Microsoft Technology - Infographic

Microsoft is soon turning 40 years old and with their success of creating industry defining technology and the launch of Windows Server 2012, Firebrand decided to celebrate with the creation of an Infographic.

Microsoft is known by everyone as the provider of Office and the Windows operating system. But what many fail to remember is the fact that Microsoft has been creating technology for almost 40 years that affects just about everything we do both at home and at work. The infographic follows the three and a half decades of Microsoft technology which has affected our lives.

To embed this Infographic copy the text in the box below:

Monday, 3 September 2012

Free Windows Server 2012 Q&A with Ed Baker

Windows Server 2012 Q&A
Firebrand Training is hosting a free live Windows Server 2012 Q&A. It will be a one-hour Q&A session with Ed Baker - Firebrand's Windows Server instructor.
The live video feed will be hosted on the Google+ page, on Thursday 6 September at 11.00am. To attend, follow Firebrand on Google+ (, then sign-up for free on the following link:

Ed Baker, as mentioned in the previous post, is currently in the top three UK Microsoft professionals on the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy). He has earned an impressive 4001 points and a Platinum medal.

Don't forget to ask Firebrand all your Windows Server 2012 questions below, or on the Facebook page.

You can also ask questions via Twitter (@BeAFirebrand) - include #server2012. Ask questions before, and on the day.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Day 2: Sharepoint 2010 training

Its Day 2 on Mike's MCTS Sharepoint 2010 Developer course and he begins his module on the 'Awesomeness of Workflows'

He's a huge fan of Workflows, stating that he often needs to remind himself that they are not always the solution. 

"There are a lot of great things to say about this course and even about the official courseware".

He also adds that "Silverlight really does look awesome." also pointing out the disappointing fact that it is becoming obsolete.

Read more here:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Day 1: Sharepoint 2010 training

Student Mike Nielsen, studying the Microsoft MCTS / MCPD SharePoint 2010 Developer course at Firebrand Training, is posting a daily blog on his experience. This has been his third time at Firebrand Training.

“Today was the first full day of training. We were supposed to cover for modules, but managed to cover five. We even finished early, at around 9 PM.

Let’s keep up with his experience in the 7 day accelerated course.

Why its time to Audit the Cloud

Your company will consider moving to the cloud soon (unless you already have!). But what are the risks?

According to Gartner; security, privacy and legality are the main concerns for organisations moving to cloud computing. Cloud Auditors know the risks, and ensure that their company is compliant.

Why do you need to audit the cloud?
Click play to find out...

Friday, 17 August 2012

BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2012

The BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2012 is looking to be one of the premier events in the global calendar.

It is said to be the ‘must attend’ event for anyone who is serious about Business Continuity Management and recognises that BCM is key to achieving organisational resilience. Firebrand Training are pleased to be able to offer their contacts a 5% discount on the cost of attending as a delegate by using the code FT12.

It will be taking place on the 7th and 8th of November in Olympia, London and will provide you with the knowledge tools and skills in order to support professional development in business continuity and drive important and critical organisational change. The conference is designed for Business Continuity Management (BCM) newcomers and for the experienced BCM Practitioners.

Visit for more information and to book your place

A free to attend Exhibition showcases the latest BCM products and services from over 50 BCM suppliers around the globe. The Exhibition also plays host to a free seminar programme that will be running throughout the two days. If you don’t have the budget or time to attend the whole Conference, book to attend Exhibition for free by clicking here.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Ed Baker: Top 3 IT Microsoft pro

Ed Baker - a Firebrand instructor - is currently in the top three UK Microsoft professionals on the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy). He's earned an impressive 4001 points and a Platinum medal.

The MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy) is a cloud-based learning experience which focuses on Cloud Technologies. Students and trainers can access a variety of online training content and become renowned experts in the IT Industry around the world.

It offers students the option to select a track, study the material and do a self-assessment. Each student earns points for each Track, Certification and Events he/she attends which will promote him to a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Level.

Ed Bakers MVA