Free KITT webinar on Cybersecurity Risks: How Secure Is Your Data?

September 13, 2018 at 11:25 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | Leave a comment
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Cybersecurity is inseparable from risks, according to government research and information technology authorities. Threat actors continue to reinvent themselves. These innovators and their ability to uninterruptedly evolve, leaving both business and personal information in extreme danger.

Our resident expert, trainer, content manager, and author Troy McMillan will describe the many risks and possible ways to be safe while using, sharing and storing data.

Please join us September 18th at 1 PM EST / 12 PM CST as we delve into the topic of data risks and cybersecurity. To register, just click this link.

Free webinar explains CompTIA’s Continuing Education process

August 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Posted in CompTIA | Leave a comment
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Eight years ago, CompTIA introduced its three-year expiration policy for its flagship certifications. To keep their certifications current, students may register Continuing Education Units (CEU) to recertify instead of re-taking the relevant exam at the end of the three years.

If you’ve been curious about the CE program, the CompTIA Instructor Network and Continuing Education (CE) team will present a free, in-depth discussion of their Continuing Education (CE) Program at 9:30 am EST / 10:30 am CST on August 22nd, 2018.

While the webinar will be geared toward instructors, anyone who wants clarification on the whys and hows of the CE program is welcome to join.

You can register for the webinar by clicking here.

Windows 7 certifications to retire July 2018

June 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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As we announced nine months ago, Microsoft is retiring the Windows 7 client certifications. The last date to take any of these exams is July 31, 2018:

These exams were originally released in 2009, which makes them about 89 years old in certification years. Still, passing any one of them earns you an MCP certification, which is a baseline certification that grants you access to the MCP community and various member benefits from Microsoft. If you’ve been using Windows 7 for years but putting off taking the exam, you’ll still earn a valuable credential from it, especially if it’s your first Microsoft test.

There is still time to purchase Kaplan IT Training practice tests for Windows 7 exams, as well as e-learning, a practice lab, and an exam voucher. Don’t overlook our 180-day product; it has almost three times as many practice test questions as the 30-day product, so you’ll be buying extra study content.

Or, with Windows 7 certifications on their way out the door, you may want to turn your attention toward earning a MCSA in Windows 10 instead — because once you’ve passed the two exams required for that certification, you only need to pass one additional test to tuck the MCSE: Mobility into your virtual wallet.

Happy certifying,

Team Kaplan IT Training

New Kaplan IT Training Webinar: Career Change and Cybersecurity Certification

June 12, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | Leave a comment
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The recent boom in cybersecurity jobs is no secret — and neither is the lack of candidates to fill those jobs. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study prepared by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, both the United States and global economies face a critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity employees.  In the U.S. alone, the Department of Labor anticipates cybersecurity jobs will grow up to 28% by 2026, but according to a 2016 report, “there simply is not a sufficient supply of cybersecurity talent to meet the increasing demand.”

So there are plenty of compelling reasons to retrain for a career in IT security. But for many people, it’s hard to figure out exactly which skills you should learn, or which sector to focus on (Internet-of-Things? Phishing and email security? Network intrusion? Big Data analysis?). Can you be self-taught, or do you need a specific kind of training on your resume to get a foot in the door? Which basic IT skills are required to start studying security? Is a certification really helpful, and if so, what are the best ones to start with?

With those questions in mind, our resident Cybersecurity training expert, Robin Abernathy, will talk about the overall job expectations and responsibilities, certification requirements, and specific career options for people who want to break into this critical and well-compensated field.

This FREE webinar will be presented on June 20, 2018, at 11 EST. To register for the webinar, use this link: KITT Webinar Registration

Thanks for joining us!

-the Kaplan IT Training Team

Customer asks: now that 1Z0-051 is retired, what Oracle exam should I take?

April 30, 2018 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Oracle, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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Today marked the retirement of a core OCA level exam: the 1Z0-051 exam, Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I.

As is often the case when a still-active certification path loses a core exam, customers wanted to know what to take instead. In this case, three active certification paths were affected by the retirements:

  • Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate
  • Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate
Fast answer: what’s the immediate substitute for 1Z0-061 and 1Z0-051?

For all three certification tracks, you can substitute exam 1Z0-071. This exam was previously referred to as Oracle Database 12c SQL , leading to some confusion among those still pursuing an 11g certification path. However, with the retirement of 051, this exam is now simply called the Oracle Database SQL exam. This is the general associate-level Oracle Database SQL exam, and the training is the same.

What’s retiring next?

On October 31, 2018, Oracle will retire the 1Z0-061, Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals. Once again, this exam will be replaced in the relevant certification tracks with exam 1Z0-071.

What’s the best way to prepare?

As the authorized practice test provider for Oracle, Kaplan IT Training offers practice tests for Oracle database and Java developer exams. Just choose Oracle as the vendor to browse our complete lineup of exam prep materials.

Happy certifying!

 

Get counted! Take the Global Knowledge IT salary survey today.

December 8, 2017 at 10:30 am | Posted in Careers, Knowledge | Leave a comment
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Global Knowledge’s annual IT Skills and Salary Survey is one of the industry’s largest and most valuable tallies of IT salaries across industries. Now in its 11th year, the survey gathers insight on industry salaries and in-demand certifications, and attempts to identify skill gaps in the career landscape that can help you plan future career paths.

Your contribution is confidential, and participants can opt in to receive the report by email when it is released in Spring 2018.

Interested? Click here to take the survey before it closes on December 11, 2017.

Transcender webinar: Understanding Big Data

October 19, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | Leave a comment
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Big Data is gathered from nearly everyone and affects almost every aspect of modern life, from health care to hotels and from consumer trends to traffic gridlock. Vast amounts of information is now easily accessible and shared freely among companies, but the average person has little conception of their own contributions to Big Data, or how it affects them in their daily life.

Join our Oracle certification and industry expert, John Brooks, for a free 45-minute webinar on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 11:00 am CST.  We will cover the definition, uses, and importance of Big Data in our economy, and explain its increasing significance to our society as a whole. We’ll also mention the main applications that are used in Big Data crunching and point the novice certification-seeker toward the best options in this growing career field.

To register for this FREE webinar, click here. (Your contact information will never be sold or transferred.)

Happy webinaring!

-the Transcender Team

Join us for a FREE Transcender webinar: Protecting your personal information online

July 14, 2017 at 8:22 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | Leave a comment
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Your private, personal information should be just that. Unfortunately, in today’s cyber world, your personal data has become an asset to be bought, sold, or stolen. Despite using complex passwords or securing your accounts, your data is always at risk from unscrupulous individuals or organizations. A new industry of cyber-middlemen don’t even want to hack your data themselves – they’ll just steal it and sell it to the people who do.

Industry expert George Monsalvatge will explain how your personal data is a monetary asset for both legal and illegal businesses. He’ll go over strategies to help protect your personal information from hackers, as well as explain the common and not-so-obvious tricks that scammers use to gain access to your information. He’ll discuss the ways that your “digital data profile” is inferred from your public and not-so-public online behaviors. Finally, he’ll mention the careers available today in the field of cyber security and how you can prepare for them.

Learn more about protecting yourself from data thieves by attending this FREE webinar, “Protecting Your Personal Information.” The webinar will be presented Wednesday, July 26th, from 12-1, EDT.

To register for the event please use this link: Webinar Registration Link

This is one presentation that you don’t want to miss!

Logical Operations’ CyberSec First Responder (CFR-210) Certification Is Now U.S. DoD-8570 Compliant

July 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Posted in cybersecurity, Knowledge, Logical Operations, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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Logical Operations has announced that the CyberSec First Responder (CFR) certification is now approved by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) as DoD Directive 8570 compliant. CFR is now an approved Baseline Certification for the CSSP Analyst and CSSP Incident Responder categories, and verifies the skills necessary to perform these job functions.

The CyberSec First Responder certification exam (CFR-210) tests the cybersecurity practitioner’s ability to prevent, detect, analyze, and respond to security breaches in the organization.  Transcender is the authorized practice test provider for the CFR-210 and provides the CFR-210 practice exam, which includes 260 practice questions and over 300 flash cards covering the exam’s four main objectives:

  • Analyze Threats
  • Design Secure Computing and Network Environments
  • Proactively Defend Networks
  • Respond/Investigate Cybersecurity Incidents

According to Joe Mignano, VP of Channels for Logical Operations, the DoD approval “allows individuals fulfilling crucial information assurance functions for the United States government or their contractors to validate their Analyst and Incident Responder job skills with our certification program.”

The CFR certification already met the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard and was accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) in 2016.

Logical Operations also provides a CFR training course, developed to prepare IT professionals with the knowledge, ability, and skills necessary to provide for the defense of those information systems in a cybersecurity context – including protection, detection, analysis, investigation, and response processes.

U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570 provides guidance and procedures for the training, certification, and management of all DoD employees involved with Information Assurance functions in their line of duty.  Other providers of certifications that meet DoD Directive 8570 are Cisco, Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), EC-Council, International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (ISC)2, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC).

 

Microsoft’s long-running Windows Server 2008 certification to retire July 2017

June 27, 2017 at 8:20 am | Posted in Certification Paths, Microsoft, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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A whopping nine years after its introduction, Microsoft is drawing the certification program for Windows Server 2008 administration to a close. As of July 31, 2017, you will no longer be able to take the exams or earn the MCSA: Windows Server 2008.

The retiring exams are:

  • 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring (Transcender practice exam available here)
  • 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring (Transcender practice exam available here)
  • 70-646: Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator (Transcender practice exam available here)

If you only need one or two of the exams to earn your MCSA in Windows Server 2008, then don’t delay. Earning that credential will enable you to sit for exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 and upgrade to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 in one step. However, a number of earlier certifications will also qualify you for this exam, so be sure to review the list of prerequisites first if you still have two exams to go on the MCSA: 2008.

After July 31, the MCSA in Windows Server 2008 will join the list of legacy certifications. It will still be a valid credential for your resume and will appear on your transcripts in the Active section.

MCSA 2008

At the same time as it shutters the MCSA: Server 2008 certification, Windows will also close down the 70-694 exam, Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps. This exam focuses on Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as part of Windows Server 2012 R2, and earns a credit toward an MCP certification.

Happy certifying!

-the Transcender Team

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