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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 44)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Red Hat wants you to help identify the Red Hat Certified Professional of the year, there's still time to take the Certification Magazine Salary Survey, and more.

Do You Know the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year?

 

Red Hat concept artWith Halloween now in the rearview mirror, the holiday season has motored on past the first major milestone on the long celebratory road to New Year's Day of 2018. Now, in another sure sign that a brand new calendar is nearly upon us, leading Linux and open source software company Red Hat has unofficially kicked off the 2017-2018 awards season. The Red Hat certification team announced today that it is seeking nominations in the long run-up to identifying and properly saluting the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. You can call that person the RHCP of the Year, or the Red Hat CPOY, just don't call them late for the nomination deadline, if you know what we mean. What we mean is that you have some time to think about this, but you can't (and probably shouldn't) think about it forever: The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 19. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Red Hat Summit, to be held in San Francisco May 8-10.

 

Training Industry: Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage a 'State of Emergency'

 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017 is officially in the books. Just because we've turned over a new page of the calendar, however, doesn't mean that we can all stop thinking about cybersecurity for another year. As a matter of fact, Training Industry blogger Susan Morris says that we need to think about it more than ever. Citing the all-too-familiar and all-too-disturbing projection that there will 1.9 million unfilled jobs for skilled cybersecurity professionals by 2020, Morris says that the anticipated shortfall constitutes a cybersecurity "state of emergency." Morris ticks off a laundry list of potential solutions to the looming crisis, many of which have a common thread: Organizations needs to do more to meet their own needs. That includes by training and retaining their own skilled security staff, increasing overall security knowledge among all member of the organization, and working with apprenticeship and mentoring programs to quickly bring aspiring security professionals up to speed.

 

How to Maximize Your Project Management Effectiveness

 

Coordination among members of large teams has increasingly become the order of the day in IT. To a large extent, across many different IT specializations, completing projects is how work gets done, and sound project management is how projects are brought to fruition. Correspondingly, there is a healthy demand for skilled project management professionals. Earlier today, blogger Marcia Hall shared some valuable advice for anyone involved in IT project management, posting her thoughts via the IT Career News blog of leading tech industry association CompTIA. A project management mentor, Hall said, once helped her find her own footing with a four-word formula for successful project management: Plan. Do. Check. Act. Hall's post fleshes out this formula, and has some good insights for anyone looking for more consistent success and effectiveness in project management.