Monday, 13 July 2015

Firebrand launches a massive thirteen new accelerated courses

By Sarah Morgan

Firebrand continues to accelerate traditional IT training! We’re thrilled to announce the release of a massive 13 new Firebrand courses.

CISCO CCNA Collaboration - 8 days

Develop your collaboration and video skills, with Official Cisco Curriculum and Instructors helping your voice, video, data and mobile applications skills grow. In the real-world this will help you carry out and maintain most common industry protocol. You’ll learn how to:

  •  Successfully implement and troubleshoot CISCO video network devices
  • Provide operator care and network care – all in line with official Cisco standards
  • Assess network requirements of video solutions

CISCO CCNP Collaboration - 12 days

The follow on from the CCNA collaboration certification, again, the Official Cisco Curriculum and Instructors give you expert skills, so you can lead transformation in your organisation. You’ll build a variety of expert collaboration skills relevant to Cisco. This accelerated course covers:

  • Single-site off-cluster calling
  • Bandwidth management
  • Cisco IP telephony and video troubleshooting

CISCO CCNA Industrial - 3 days, 50% faster than traditional training!

In this brand new CISCO accelerated course, learn how to manage industrial systems, aligned with the highest standard of industry practices. This accelerated course blends IT and industrial networks and how to manage and operate them. Official Cisco Curriculum and Instructors cover elements such as:

  • Industrial networking concepts and components
  • Ethernets and IPs
  • Configuring and troubleshooting PROFINET

CCNA Industrial is Cisco’s IoT-focused certification, designed to help enterprise professionals develop the key skills needed as a result of the Internet of Everything (IoE) / Internet of Things (IoT).

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect - Associate - 3 days

This Firebrand accelerated course will prepare you for the Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam. You’ll learn how to:

  • Ingress and egress of data in AWS
  • Identification of AWS architectural best practices
  • Estimate AWS costs

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Professional - 3 days

The follow on to the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. This Firebrand course will help you gain advanced technical knowledge. Skills you learn will include:

  • Designing and deploying enterprise-wide scalable operations on AWS
  • Designing hybrid cloud architectures
  • Implement cost control strategies

ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 1: Identification and Protection - 3 days

In just three days, you’ll become familiar and competent with key cyber security skills, useful in the industry. On this brand new and official ISACA course, consisting of 50% hands-on lab exercises; you’ll learn key cyber security skills including:

  • Industry developed protection mechanisms 
  • Threat reports
  • Vulnerability analysis 
  • System log evaluation 
  • How to use identification and enumeration tools

ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 2 Detection - 3 days

Discover and prevent threats from harming your business. In another 50% lab-based accelerated course, you’ll learn from experiences you can apply to real-world situations. This official ISACA course will develop the following skills:

  • Analysing network output 
  • Detecting malware
  • Analysing attacks

ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 3 Respond and Recover – 3 days

Master what is needed to produce a thorough incident response plan (IRP). This official ISACA course will help you respond to, contain and recover from a cyber-attack. Domains covered include:

  • Performing a business continuity plan 
  • System restoration 
  • Attack isolation

Firebrand also offers an all-inclusive 9 day CSX Practitioner course, 40% faster than traditional training.

AXELOS ITIL Practitioner - 2 days

Brand new and centred on Continual Service Improvement (CSI) and how ITIL practices can be adapted within your organisation. It is also the follow on to the AXELOS ITIL foundation. This accelerated ITIL Practitioner course has been developed to increase the value of ITIL within your business. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use ITIL on a day-to-day basis
  • Use automation, real-time reporting and the cloud to improve service design and delivery
  • Use frameworks such as Lean, Agile and SIAM

AXELOS Cyber Resilience: Foundation & Practitioner (RESILIA) - 5 days

This brand new accelerated course works on a basis of knowing how to deal with cyber-attacks when they occur, as well as preventing them Covers both components of Foundation and Practitioner programs, as well as including both exams. You’ll become well practised in areas such as:

  • Control reporting and good governance
  • Enhanced collaboration and frameworks of using ITIL within IT security
  • Common language across IT and non-IT teams

AXELOS PRINCE2 AGILE Certification - 2 days

Apply established AGILE methodology, boosting the efficiency of your projects. This brand new accelerated 2 day course combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile thinking within the PRINCE2 concept. It requires the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification as a prerequisite. Applicable to any type of project, you’ll learn how to:

  • Apply basic AGILE concepts
  • Combine PRINCE2 and AGILE methodologies
  • Use those skills in a practical environment

GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) - 4 days

Establish a broad and solid foundation of knowledge of security essentials. Ideal for entry-level security professionals, operations personnel and managers alike. Learn:

  • How to design network architecture, running both Windows and Linux command tools, working with VMware, creating virtual security systems and policies
  • Networking concepts
  • Secure communications
  • Windows, UNIX and Linux security

GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) - just 5 days

Defend your business with this accelerated 5 day course. Using established penetration methodologies, you’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct a real-life penetration test and the legal issues surrounding it
  • Perform password attacks 
  • Benefits and limitations of command shell access 
  • Target and vulnerability scanning

200+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 200 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.

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.

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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, 7 July 2015

The new PRINCE2 Agile and why it matters

By Sarah Morgan

The eagerly awaited PRINCE2 Agile framework was released on the 24th June. PRINCE2 Practitioners and project managers will now be considering whether this is a framework they should begin using, in order to stay up to date with the latest project management methods.

What is PRINCE2?

The marriage of PRINCE2 and Agile is intriguing. They are both very different ways of thinking. PRINCE, which stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments, provides a framework for project managers to track the construction and delivery of products against a plan. With it you’ll get a proven process that allows everyone on your team to approach the project with the same mind-set.

However, despite being a gold standard project management framework for over a decade, it is occasionally dismissed as being unrealistic. This is because there is no such thing as a truly controlled business environment, and so many of the practises are difficult to employ in the real world.

What is Agile Project Management?

Agile Project Management is very much the opposite of this. It’s a flexible way of thinking, making it better for producing deliverables, without substantial changes or reworking required. Tasks are broken down into smaller stages allowing risk to be reduced, with early assessment testing and analysis. Agile trains people to think quickly and come up with solutions to issues on the spot. Ultimately saving money and time as problems are overcome more quickly.

Agile also divides responsibility amongst a team, meaning you’ll achieve more, faster. A well-known example of this is the SCRUM method where responsibility is divided between the Team, Scrum Master and Product Owner.

The merge of PRINCE2 and Agile means that those with knowledge of the framework will get the best of both worlds. PRINCE2 offers the ability to use a well-tested approach to projects and Agile lets you bring the more dynamic and fluid side of project management to the table.

Learn the skills to apply PRINCE2 Agile

The framework is ‘Industry Agnostic’, meaning no matter what projects you undertake, you will be able to apply the processes. In terms of structure it is roughly 20% PRINCE2 and 80% Agile and concentrates on where the two types of thinking meet. This means that you are able to use Agile techniques to tailor how you use the PRINCE2 framework to suit the size and type of project you are undertaking.

One of the best ways to understand and gain the skills required to apply the framework is to get certified in PRINCE2 Agile. The new PRINCE2 Agile course from AXELOS, does exactly that.

On a Prince2 Agile course you’ll learn how to:

  • Apply basic concepts of common Agile ways of working
  • Purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and the Agile way of working
  • Apply and evaluate the focus areas to a project in an Agile context
  • Fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an Agile context
  • Apply and tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project within an Agile context
  • Learn through the use of theory and practical exercises
  • Prepare for the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam

To get certified in PRINCE2 Agile you have to sit the exam. It consists of two and a half hours of a multiple choice questions based on scenarios, with a 60% pass mark. In order to take the course you must have the PRINCE2 Practitioners qualification.

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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, 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.


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


Having a CISSP certification could be a gateway into a Chief Information Officer role, with an average salary, according to, 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 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.