Wednesday, 1 July 2015

CISSP or SSCP - which certification is right for you?


If you’re looking into an ISC2 information security course, deciding between CISSP training and SSCP training courses can often be confusing. We’re aiming to clarify the difference between the two, and ensure your decision is as simple as possible.

Who are they aimed at?


CISSP training, looks to attract Chief Information Security Officers, Security Managers, Consultants and Analysts, as well as, Directors of Security. In short, those in senior managerial security roles.

SSCP is aimed at those who are currently in a hands on role in information security. Network Security Engineers, Security Administrators and Systems Engineers for example.

Prerequisites?


CISSP training requires a minimum of 5 years of professional experience within the information security field. An endorsement is also required to ensure you meet the course standard. Previous certifications such as CISM, CEH or SEC+ would be a boost.

As SSCP is an entry level information security course, only 1 year of experience is required.

What is covered?


CISSP training has a top down, all-encompassing security strategy. As quoted on the ISC2 website, you’ll learn advanced security practices covering the 8 domains covered in the CISSP CBK:

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Engineering
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security



SSCP is run from the bottom up giving IT workers a broad idea of how best to be aware of information security, as well as focusing on the related technical skills. SSCP covers 7 domains, again from the website:
  • Access Controls
  • Security Operations and Administration
  • Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis
  • Incident Response and Recovery
  • Cryptography
  • Network and Communications Security
  • Systems and Application Security


Salaries


Having a CISSP certification could be a gateway into a Chief Information Officer role, with an average salary, according to itjobswatch.com, of £110,000.

The SSCP certification allows you to be versatile in a variety of information security roles. The average salary for a Security Administrator according to itjobswatch.com is £42,500

What Does a CISSP or SSCP do?


A CISSP has the potential to work with nationwide or even global management teams, creating security strategies and helping workers to be able to best do their job in implementing those strategies.


Because those with a SSCP are well rounded, they are able to adapt to many different day to day situations. A SSCP can expect a great amount of variety because of their skillset.

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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, 17 June 2015

Get ISACA CSX Practitioner, VMware VCP6-DCV and Microsoft certified twice as fast on these new Firebrand courses


By Sarah Morgan


Firebrand continues to accelerate traditional IT training! This week we’re proud to announce the release of four new Firebrand courses.

ISACA Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner CSX – only 9 days

ISACA’s brand new accelerated CSX Practitioner course is here, and with Firebrand it’s 33% faster. In only nine days you’ll get an introduction to crucial cybersecurity skills like:

  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Network evaluation 
  • Malware detection
  • Safeguard implementation

50% of this accelerated course is made up of hands-on lab exercises, conducted in a virtual cyber lab. Find out more about ISACA’s new cybersecurity course now.


VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [6] – only 5 days

Get the knowledge and skills you need to operate VMware vSphere 6, and take your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam. On this accelerated course you’ll be VCP6-DCV certified in just five days.

As well as also hands-on lab training, covering VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6, you’ll also learn how to:

  • Deploy an ESxi host and create virtual machines
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage host storage
  • Manage virtual templates, machines, clones and snapshots
  • Create a vApp

Plus, this certification is the foundation for other VMware software-defined data centre technologies. Get VCP6-DCV certified in just five days with Firebrand!


Microsoft MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals – only 2 days

Jump-start your IT career in database technology with Microsoft MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals and get certified 33% faster than traditional training.

On this accelerated two day course, you’ll build an understanding of operating system configuration and maintenance. After completing this MTA course you’ll be able to:

  • Understand operating system configurations and maintenance
  • Install and upgrade client systems
  • Manage applications, files, folders and devices

Study Microsoft Official Curriculum and get certified in just two days on this accelerated Microsoft course.


Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Developer – only 6 days

Streamline your business processes and learn how to use Dynamics NAV 2015 to manage your finance, manufacturing, sales, project management and more.

On this accelerated six day course, you’ll get the skills you need to develop and modify Dynamics NAV 2015 – twice as fast as traditional training.

You’ll study:

  • MS Dynamics NAV Standard Data
  • Process Model
  • New Database Schema Synchronization
  • Microsoft Word in order to define report layout

Plus, on this accelerated course you’ll have access to Microsoft Official Curriculum.


190+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 180 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
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We’re committed to developing new accelerated courses. To stay up to date with our newest and most cutting edge training follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and LinkedIn.

Find out how you can get certified at twice the speed and take a look at our full range of accelerated training.


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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. 

LinkedIn is down!


By Sarah Morgan


The working day is about to begin, but one key tool for business around the world isn’t here yet! LinkedIn is currently down and displaying the error code: SSL Connection Error.

Will your sales teams, recruitment or lunchtime procrastination be hindered? We’ll keep you updated on LinkedIn’s status.

For more information on LinkedIn's status, take a look at downrightnow.

Update #1: LinkedIn is accessible on Internet Explorer.
Update #2: Hooray, LinkedIn is back for all users!




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, 10 June 2015

Two Firebrand employers (and one Firebrand!) recognised at Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2015 awards


By Sarah Morgan


Two Firebrand employers, and one Firebrand apprentice, were recently recognised at the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2015 awards - hosted by Microsoft UK’s Managing director, Michel Van der Bel.

The annual awards, which highlight the value IT apprentices bring to their businesses, recognised Firebrand apprentice employers: TechQuarters and Gamma. As well as 5G Communications' Firebrand apprentice, Richard Smith.

Judges were impressed with the great attitude apprentices shared with their employers – with many businesses expanding to hire even more talented young professionals.


Michel Van der Bel (left) and TechQuarters’ CEO, Chris Dunning

Gamma get recognised! Gamma employer, Joe Nunn with Michel Van der Bel plus Firebrand apprentices Reece Money and Simon Curren (left to right)



Firebrand apprentice Richard Smith (right),
5G Communications, receives his award
2014’s Apprentice Employer of the Year – Mitchell Fedlman, Cloudamour - spoke at length about apprenticeships, and why 20% of his workforce are now apprentices.

In regards to how apprenticeships shaped his business, Mitchell said, “We want to be vibrant. We want to be energetic…and we are.”

“To sustain rapid growth you need staff…you need apprenticeships.”

2015 marked the 5th anniversary of Microsoft’s Apprentice of the year Awards. Microsoft’s ‘Get-On’ programme has so far helped over 7000 apprentices get employed and trained by Microsoft partners.

Find out more about how to hire a Firebrand apprentice, on a programme with 38 days of Microsoft training and certifications.

Firebrand is the fastest way to develop IT staff with industry-recognised training and certifications worth £10,000s. Expand your business today.


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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, 3 June 2015

The 5 best CEH certification books 2015


By Sarah Morgan


Cyber-attacks are now ranked amongst the top 10 global threats to your business, a survey from Aon Solutions revealed this week. It’s no surprise – security breaches can cripple your business infrastructure, leak private customer data and destroy your organisation’s reputation.

The IT security field is expected to grow 37% by 2022 and many security professionals are now taking the offensive and building their white hat hacking skills with EC-Council’s CEH certification.

The CEH v8 certification is an advanced certification, and to conquer it you’ll need to prove your expert white hat hacking knowledge. To help you do just that, here are our 5 best CEH certification books for 2015…


CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker Version 8 Study Guide – 14 Oct 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1118647677

Sybex’s Certified Ethical Hacker Version 8 Study Guide is perhaps the most popular preparation tool for the CEH certification.

The guide boasts a concise, easy-to-follow approach to the certification that covers all exam objectives with examples and hands-on exercises.

You’ll study everything you need to pass the CEH exam – including cryptography, footprinting, trojans and covert channels. Also included is a companion website, stuffed with study tools like practice exams, chapter review questions and electronic flashcards.

The guide is useable in both classroom and self-study scenarios. Plus, an average user score of 4.2/5 stars across Amazon (28 reviews) ranks this as one of the most sought-after books on our list.

Available in:


CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Bundle, Second Edition (All-In-One) – 1 Oct 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0071835572

A popular CEH revision guide from Matt Walker - a man with so many certifications after his name he makes the alphabet feel insecure.
Billed as a money-saving self-study bundle, this comprehensive package includes massive amounts of content:

  • CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition
  • CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Practice Exams, Second Edition
  • CEH Quick Review Guide

The All-in-One exam guide is your primary asset for CEH certification success. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of all CEH exam objectives and topics.

Reviewers cite a desire for a greater focus on policy questions. Despite this it retains an impressive 4.1/5 star review average on Amazon (14 reviews)

Available in:


Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Cert Guide15 Dec 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0789751270

Authored by certification expert Michael Gregg and published by Pearson IT certification, this chunky 640 page CEH certification guide is certainly comprehensive.

As well as a companion to the CEH certification’s v8 topics, you’ll also focus on building your own study guide, complete with test preparation routines and review questions. A CD featuring two complete practice exams is also bundled with this certification guide.

Finally, you’ll get preparation hints and exam tips from leading security consultant, Michael Gregg.

Available in:


The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy – 1 Aug 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0124116443

Though not a CEH certification guide, this introductory book provides any aspiring ethical hacker with a solid foundation of ethical hacking knowledge – crucial for passing the CEH exam.

You’ll study the same hacking tools commonly found within the CEH certification, and learn how to use them to conduct real life penetration tests.

This book begins with the basics and guides you towards more advanced subjects such as post exploitation and access maintenance. This is an ideal book for anyone with an interest in penetration testing - especially useful for those starting down the path to their CEH certification.

Available in:


Official CEH CoursewareEC-Council

As well as study guides, you also have the option to simply purchase EC-Council’s official CEH courseware. This is everything you’ll need to pass your CEH exam - included in the official bundle is:

  • Three official EC-Council CEH books (lab manual and two courseware manuals with slides)
  • 6 DVDs

The labs showcased in the courseware are tested against the latest operating systems with all up-to-date patches and hot-fixes applied.

Plus, the 6 DVDs contain over 20GBs of guides on how to use the latest hacking and security tools alongside more than 1,000 minutes of videos demonstrating hacking techniques.

Purchase the official CEH courseware from EC-Council store.


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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, 2 June 2015

How to become a SharePoint Consultant - Industry Interviews

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Today we speak to President and Senior SharePoint Consultant at vNext Solutions, Vlad Catrinescu. With more than 5 years experience analysing and deploying SharePoint Infrastructure, Vlad has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for SharePoint Server since 2013. He is currently the youngest SharePoint MVP in the world. 

Vlad is active on the SharePoint speaking circuit and is renowned for his Absolute SharePoint blog. He is the founder of SharePoint Community - the largest and most active SharePoint community on the web.

Find out how to become a SharePoint Consultant with Vlad in today's Industry Interview.


Profile



Name: Vlad Catrinescu
Job Title: SharePoint Consultant and President
Employer: vNext Solutions

Personal Blog: Absolute SharePoint
Social Media: LinkedIn | Twitter  
Awards: SharePoint Server MVP, Top 25 Office 365 Influencers 2015

Certifications:
- Microsoft MCSE: SharePoint 2013
- Microsoft MCSA: Office 365
- Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012
- Microsoft MCITP: SharePoint 2010




Summarise your job in a sentence

I help companies get the most business value out of SharePoint by using the platform’s capabilities to the maximum, solving real business problems.


What does an average working day look like?

About 50% meetings where I try to understand the pain points of the business, and the rest where I try to solve them. 


What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with SharePoint is always a challenge since every business has different needs, so every client is unique.  I enjoy meeting new people and by talking to business owners, and people from every department I get to make new connections every day.  


What are the biggest challenges in your current role?

SharePoint is at a big turning point right now, and with Office 365 and Hybrid, a lot of changes are coming. Getting clients used to SharePoint Online and Office 365 with all the new features it brings can be quite a challenge.


What career path did you take to bring you to your current job title?

I started out as a Junior Network Administrator, which allowed me to learn the Microsoft ecosystem.  Since I was working in a pretty small company, within a month I had Domain Admin rights and was playing with Lync, SharePoint, Exchange, AD, DNS , SCCM, SQL and more. 

This allowed me to have a much better understanding of how all the Microsoft Servers work together.  After, working as a SharePoint Consultant for a few companies, I set up my own SharePoint consultancy. 


Do you have/did you require any professional certifications to secure your current job title? If yes, which?

A lot of my clients require me to be certified in SharePoint, and I have my MCITP SharePoint 2010 and MCSE SharePoint 2013. Personally, I enjoy more the learning I have to do to get those certifications, and I think the learning you do to get them is worth a lot more than the title itself. 


What guidance would you give someone wanting to do your job?

Don’t only learn SharePoint, learn SQL, AD, DNS, and everything in the ecosystem, it will help you better understand how everything works together.  Also, be prepared to learn something new every day as Microsoft is pushing new features and changes to the cloud every two weeks, and since clients see you as the “Expert” you need to know what those changes are.


What guidance would you give someone starting their career in IT?

If you can, join a smaller company or a startup. You will be able to do multiple jobs, and see what you really love. In a big company, your roles and responsibilities are locked in. In a smaller company, you can help with Dev, IT, writing proposals, and taking care of the company twitter if you want to.


Has training and/or certification influenced your career? If yes, how?

For sure it did. I think that everyone who is in IT has to go through training a few times per year to learn new best practices and the new tools. Not only did the training help me get to the technical level that I am now, but being certified helped me open more doors. 

If you are certified, Microsoft Gold Partners will be looking for you. They need your certifications to keep their gold status. 

What are your thoughts on the widely reported IT skills gap and its impact on business?

There is a big IT Skills gap, because IT is evolving so fast that most IT Pro’s cannot keep up. However, that opens up a huge market for consultants, and people that are specialised on certain systems. 

What are your opinions on professional training and certification?

Training is very very very important in IT, since it keeps evolving every day. If you don’t keep training and learn new technologies, you will fall behind and your chances at getting a good job will go down.  

Also, let’s face it, new technologies are cool and doing projects on new technologies is a lot more fun than doing COBOL.  

Certification, well, unfortunately the reputation of IT Certification took a hit in the last few years due to the huge amount of illegal material out there. Whether you believe in the certification or not, I highly recommend you do the training as if you were going to do the exam. And in my opinion, paying that extra $150 to take an exam and be certified is worth it in the long run!