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CompTIA continue to expand their security offerings with the PenTest+, which we are told is the only penetration testing exam taken at a Pearson VUE testing center with both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, to ensure each candidate possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. PenTest+ exam also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.
CompTIA PenTest+ joins CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) and builds upon the traditional certification stack of A+, N+ and Security +
More information can be found here
Big changes to VMware Cerification naming and schedule
VMware have announced big changes to the way it names and versions its certifications. Starting from now, August 2018, certifications will align to the year in which are passed, with a new annual release and update schedule for all VCP, VCAP, and VCDX certifications!
Instead of: VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 7 (VCP7-DTM)
The new release is: VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2018 VCP-DTM 2018
To compliment the naming convention, there's also a switch to an annual release schedule:
- January 1st: Release and update all VCP certifications
- March 1st: Release and update all VCAP Design certifications
- May 1st: Release and update all VCAP Deploy certifications
- VCDX certification updates will follow VCAP releases
New Microsoft Azure Certifications announced
Microsoft Inspire took place in Las Vegas mid July 2018, and amongst the announcements were three new Azure Certifications for Administrators, Developers and Architects. You can already take the beta exams for the Azure Certified Administrator with more information on the Microsoft Learning Blog.
The three new Microsoft Azure Certifications are:
- Microsoft Certified Azure Developer
- Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator
- Microsoft Certified Azure Architect
The New CompTIA N+ N10-007 exam
The new CompTIA Network+ exam (N10-007) launched March 21, 2018, and includes updates to reflect current networking technologies as well as security, cloud computing, virtualization, disaster recover and device hardening.
Read more about the new CompTIA N+ certification here:
What are the best IT Certifications for 2018?
Our friends at Toms IT Pro have compiled a list of all of the best certifications for each area of IT in 2018, so if you have an interest in networking, cloud, developing, big data etc, you can see which certifications are in demand in the market this year.
Full article here
The CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway
With the increase in cyberattacks and the number of new connected devices, the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is growing at a rapid pace. The CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway can help you get into cybersecurity with an updated Security+ certification out in November.
See the new CompTIA certifications here:
Microsoft Certification Exam Price Adjustment 2016
There will be a price adjustment on Microsoft certification exams in July 2016. Microsoft is notifying customers and partners well in advance on April 25, 2016. This list of FAQs will address additional questions as more information becomes available.
See the QA here
Windows 10: What's coming in 2016
What comes next for Windows 10? If 2015 was a year of revolution, 2016 promises to be a year of consolidation for Microsoft's operating system.
Windows is now delivered "as a service", meaning incremental updates with new features as well as security patches, but Microsoft still seems works internally to a schedule of milestone releases. Windows 10 has had two so far, the initial July 2015 release codenamed Threshold, and the November update called Threshold 2.
Full Story here
New MCP Profile Page
Microsoft have now made it easier for you to show off your skills to potential clients and employers through your Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Profile Page.
The new MCP Profile Page replaces the old "virtual business card" system with a modern, customisable on-line page. You can create your public profile to highlight your skills but maintain your privacy with granular control over exactly how much info you share. The new MCP Profile Page integrates with LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, and other social media sites for one-click sharing of your Microsoft Certifications.
More info here
Lync 2013 Exams Extended to November 2015
The retirement date of Microsoft Lync 2013 exams have been moved to November 30, 2015. This is good news for those who want to achieve Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Communication in this calendar year.
More info here
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