Thursday, 4 August 2011

Protect yourself before you wreck yourself...

Cyber attacks have become more dangerous than ever before. Our systems have never looked this vulnerable. Imerva has reported that web applications are attacked around 27 times per hour. Web sites are hit by automated attacks on average 25,000 times in just one hour (that's seven attacks a second). In a time where cyber criminals are getting cleverer and creating more sophisticated techniques to hack into your personal and business data, one has to be one step ahead of them.

Firebrand was the first to launch CEH v7 in the UK. The newest version of EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Training includes an entire module on countermeasures, with detailed explanation of how to implement them in real life. There is also a complete section dedicated to penetration testing - the method of evaluating the security of a system or network by simulating an attack from a malicious source.

If you were the victim of a hack, your systems would need to be treated like any other crime scene. The affected area should be isolated, before the forensics begin. The role of the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) is to determine the source of a hack, understand the damage caused, and to repair the damage. Make yourself a digital Sherlock on the CHFI course.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Decreased Time, Increased Salary

IT professionals are earning more than ever. Salaries have increased by 7.5% in 2011, compared to 2010. A report on reveals that average salary in the industry has increased from £43,000 to £46,000. As if that wasn’t enough, more than half of professionals receive a bonus, with the average payment now at 19% of their annual salary.

The IT industry is officially back on track.

Even during the height of the recession, Firebrand continued to grow. Time is money, and more and more professionals needed to spend little time outside the office and more time earning.

IT is booming and now is the time to grab your next IT cert. So why not get certified faster than anywhere else?

Friday, 29 July 2011

Google+ vs Facebook

For more than 5 years, Facebook has held a monopoly over all the social networks. Launched in February 2004, it has single handedly destroyed the likes of Hi5, MySpace and the lesser known bebo.
As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 750 million active users, making it the 3rd most populated "country" in the world. Arguably, Facebook has changed the way we are. You write on someone's *wall*, you *like* someone's status, you *facebook* someone (I'm pretty sure we've all used "I'll facebook you"). It truly is more than just another social networking website.

But now, after years of being the leaders of the social media, Facebook would be apprehensive of the new phenomenon called Google+.

Google+, as you guessed, is a social networking website designed by Google. It is still in the trial beta mode, and will be launched shortly for the public at large. Google CEO Larry Page announced recently that Google+ has already attracted 10 million members on its website. This is a staggering figure.

So what's new that Google+ has, which Facebook doesn't?

1. Google+'s homepage is very similar to what Facebook's users are familiar and comfortable with - like updates from friends, photo uploads, events etc.With Circles, Google has tried to set itself apart from Facebook. While your information you post in Facebook is shared immediately to those who are in your friend list, Circles allows one to choose people we want to share information with. In fact, users can make groups for sharing information such as parents, close friends, casual acquaintances, and so on.

2. With an instant upload feature, one can easily upload pictures that he is taking with his camera (of course when he so wishes). This is in sharp contrast with Facebook where uploading of photos and videos takes an eternity and members get bored. The slogan “share just the right things with just the right people” says it all.

3. “Hangouts” is a new feature that allows you to disclose your location to chosen friends and then wait to see who drops by to join the fun.

4. Sparks is the feature that allows you to post your likes and dislikes and the app automatically sends you latest and exciting news and offers on your likes. It could be on music, books, fashion or a category made by you.

5. Huddle is another feature that allows users to chat instantly with many friends at the same time unlike windows that are created in Facebook chat. All friends drop down to a single chat and you feel you are in the midst of your friends. Unlike Facebook, you do not jump from one window to another or reply wrongly to your friends.

There is also the use of Web 3.0, which Google+ is introducing to the world. Web 3.0 will certainly be worth a look. Privacy is another big advantage which Google+ has over Facebook.

Only time will tell if Google+ can take on the might of Facebook, but it certainly has attractive features to lure potential members. With features like Skype video call and Chat members side bars, you can see
Facebook will not give up without a fight. We'll just have to see which giant prevails.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Ethical Hacking - for the greater good

People often ask us what ethical hacking is all about, or who an ethical hacker really is and what he really does. Here is an overview on the certification and the profile of an 'ethical hacker' -

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is professional certification provided by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council). An ethical hacker is usually employed by an organisation who trusts him or her to attempt to penetrate the company's networks and/or computer systems. An ethical hacker uses the same methods as of a hacker, but his purpose is of finding and fixing computer security vulnerabilities.

The motto for Certified Ethical Hacker training is "If you want to beat the attackers, you have got to think like a hacker". To become a CEH, one has to gain a certification in the EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

The Certified Ethical Hacker Version 7 was widely anticipated, and has a lot of significant changes compared to v6.1. While the CEH version 6.1 included over 20 modules, the v7 introduces more than 40 modules, although only a few appear in the final certification exam. CEH v7 contains the content from the previous versions such as network surveying, service identification and competitive intelligence, but also introduces new threats, which also include Bluetooth hacking.

Firebrand Training is THE official partner of EC-Council for delivery of their certification programs in Europe. We have once again been named as their Authorized Training Centre of the Year. We have certified hundreds of ethical hackers.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Design Your Way To Success

Sold and developed by Autodesk Inc, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 and was one of the first CAD programs to run on personal computers, notably the IBM PC. AutoCAD is a CAD software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. Other than AutoCAD, Autodesk leading softwares include Maya, Revit Architecture and Inventor. On 22nd March 2011, Autodesk released AutoCAD 2012, Revit Architecture 2012 and Inventor 2012. With new and expanded workflows for 3D conceptual design, model documentation, and reality capture, the latest versions help design professionals maximise productivity, regardless of whether you are in manufacturing, civil engineering or architecture. There are hundreds of thousands of Autodesk Certified Professionals around the world. The main benefits of gaining expertise in the Autodesk family are Speed Documentation, Drive Communication, Exploring ideas in almost any shape imaginable and customising to attack almost any design problem.

Revit Architecture, a Building Information Modelling software, allows the user to design with both parametric 3D modelling and 2D drafting elements. Building Information Modelling is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) paradigm that employs intelligent 3D objects to represent real physical building components. While Revit is known for representing real physical building components such as walls and doors, Inventor is a 3D mechanical solid modelling design software to create 3D digital prototypes used in the design, visualization and simulation of products.

Firebrand has become an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre. We are accelerating AutoCAD 2012, Revit Architecture 2012 and Inventor 2012 courses, including certification.

Certifying in one of the three courses gaines a costumer a certificate, his/her own certification logo and listing in the Autodesk Certified Professional Database.