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Uncrackable Passwords, Port Ranges, and OOP: Practice Questions of the Day!

Every day in this space, we post a question of the day for each of the certifications we offer on Skillset.com: PMP, CISSP, CEH, CHFI, Network+ and Security+.

We will link to the live question page, where you can test yourself (for free!) and find the answer to these sample questions and more. We will also crosspost these daily questions in their respective Facebook groups, which are linked in context below, so you can discuss them with fellow test-takers there:

 

CISSP Question of the Day

In Object-Oriented Programming, encapsulation is also referred to as… ?

A. Encryption
B. Data hiding
C. Fuzzing
D. Data transfer

View this CISSP practice question on Skillset to test your knowledge and see the answer.
Discuss this question in our CISSP Facebook group.

 

PMP Question of the Day

When project team members are selected in advance, they are considered what?

A. Subcontracting
B. Pre-assigned
C. Activity cost estimates
D. Acquisition

View this PMP practice question on Skillset to test your knowledge and see the answer.
Discuss this question in our PMP Facebook group.

What the EdTech Landscape Looks Like to Students and Users [Infographic]

A link to Skillset.com for IT career planningAs a new and growing member of the education technology industry, Skillset has always been interested in our own industry. The “EdTech” industry is new, diverse, and growing extremely quickly.

In fact, according to a BMO economic report, EdTech has been the fastest and most consistently growing segment of the entire multi-billion dollar education industry, and shows no signs of slowing down.

But where is all of this growth going? Who is it benefitting — students? Teachers? Or the companies themselves.

We decided to take a closer look at the data (and the key players in the industry) to see how it’s impacting actual users and students. The result is the infographic below — with a breakdown of the information after the graphic. Please feel free to comment, share, and repost this infographic!

 

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An infographic showing the growth and key companies in the education technology industry

 

Does Technology Actually Make Education Better? Hot EdTech Links for April

A good craftsman never blames his tools.

It’s an idiom that’s been around for as long as any of us can remember. Less commonly known is that the saying originated in a more negative light: A bad craftsman always blames his tools.

In either case, the true message is more subtle, and more powerful: The tools we use do not make (or break) the finished product, nor do they define our performance. It’s only how we use them that truly makes a difference. And defining the “how” involves planning, thoughtfulness, careful attention, and adjusting for inevitable setbacks and changes along the way.

This is becoming more true, not less, as technology continues to saturate every aspect of our lives, including education.

Some of this technology is incredibly powerful, like apps that allow students to examine, interact with, and truly explore subjects and stories — galaxies and physics experiments. Other types are simply about efficiency, like testing software. But no matter what the technology is, it’s not going to do the teaching for teachers — and it’s not going to do the learning for students. The other age-old saying that a student is only as good as his teacher remains more true now than ever.

That’s what Peg Tyre is arguing in her much-discussed post from earlier this month, non-subtly titled “iPad < Teacher,” in which she declares that too much attention is being given to EdTech, and not enough to the teachers who need to wield it. Technology is great, and it is undoubtedly transforming education, but only teachers, as it ever has been, can truly make the difference.

Speaking of making differences, here are the best EdTech links this month, all about using education technology in various fields:

 

  • In Part 8 of his STEM education resources series, Michael Gorman put together an unbelievable list of 80 sites, apps, and resources for STEM learning.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, Ed Tech Teacher has a nice note about teaching visual learning with the Canva design school.
  • We’re all about personalized learning here at Skillset, so Renee Hill’s excellent EdSurge article about socially engaged contributors being key to the personalized learning process really struck a chord.
  • Richard Byrne always has simple, helpful tips for using technology in the classroom, and this week he recommends moving the classic “letter to myself 10 years later” assignment to a blog — a simple, technology-forward spin on a teacher favorite that will probably increase both engagement and eventual delivery of those letters to students 10 years down the road.
  • Hands-on learning usually means exactly that: Getting your hands dirty with real-life projects. But that doesn’t mean that technology or virtualization can’t play a role. Caitlin McLemore gives the broad strokes about how to enhance hands-on education with technology.
  • And in a post aptly named “Beyond Earth Day,” EdTech Ideas used this week’s celebration of Earth Day publish a handy checklist (and a rundown of quick ideas) for students to use both on the holiday and at any point in the future to help think more deeply and long-term about their environmental impact.

The Best Computer Forensics Investigation Blogs for 2015

A link to Skillset.com for IT career planningWe follow a lot of blogs here at Skillset. A lot!

With more than three hundred skill assessment tests across several major industry certifications (and growing!), it’s important to stay on our game. Specifically, it’s important because we want to help you stay on your game too.

But what, truly, are the best publications, resources, and blogs to follow in a particular subject area? Not a major category like Project Management, but a specific skillset like computer forensics investigation.

That’s a tough question, so we set out to answer it. We want to start keeping a running count of all the best blogs that tackle specific skills professionals might need to study for their next certification exam—or even simply to make sure you’re not lagging behind the industry for your own personal benefit.

But we’ll need your help. We generally know what the best blogs might be, but which ones do people respond to the best? Only you can tell us that.

So we’re asking. Below we’ve listed the five best blogs that cover computer forensics investigation and the reasons why we like them. Vote for your favorite in our poll at the bottom of this post. We’ll recap the results in a post later this month.

A bit of transparency: Blogs that post frequently or generally provide objective (non-product) information rank high on our list. So your favorite blogger who posts once a year may not have made the cut (even if they’re great!).

 

The Best Computer Forensics Investigation Blogs in 2015

 

SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog

  • Publishing Frequency: Multiple Times per Week
  • Topic Focus: Specific (Industry-focused digital forensics news)
  • Notable Quirk: Corporate-run publication owned by SANS, this is a go-to source for authoritative information on computer forensics.
  • URL: http://digital-forensics.sans.org/blog

 

Digital Forensics Magazine

  • Publishing Frequency: Biweekly
  • Topic Focus: Specific (All Digital Forensics Articles)
  • Notable Quirk: Lots of good content organized into a subscription magazine (but also contains a daily blog).
  • URL: http://www.digitalforensicsmagazine.com/

 

Champlain College Computer & Digital Forensics Blog

 

Forensic Control

  • Publishing Frequency: Biweekly
  • Topic Focus: Specific (Computer forensics thought pieces)
  • Notable Quirk: Operated by a security firm, but reasonably objective in its chosen topics, articles and authors.
  • URL: https://forensiccontrol.com/blog/

 

Didier Stevens’ Blog

  • Publishing Frequency: Weekly
  • Topic Focus: Highly Specific (Personal observations from a thought leader)
  • Notable Quirk: Didier Stevens is a renowned digital forensics expert, and this blog provides a fascinating look into his thought process.
  • URL: http://blog.didierstevens.com/

 

Zeno’s Month

  • Publishing Frequency: Monthly
  • Topic Focus: Highly Specific (Personal perspective from a thought leader)
  • Notable Quirk: Zeno Geradts is a famous computer forensics consultant and thought leader, and here he provides monthly links and information about developments in the industry as he sees them.
  • URL: http://zforensic.blogspot.com/

 

Forensic Multimedia Analysis (Formerly Forensic Photoshop)

  • Publishing Frequency: Biweekly
  • Topic Focus: Extremely specific (forensics investigations using multimedia tools)
  • Notable Quirk: This is a niche topic blog that provides a unique look into using Photoshop and other multimedia tools in forensics investigations.
  • URL: http://forensicphotoshop.blogspot.com/

 

Forensic Methods

  • Publishing Frequency: Quarterly
  • Topic Focus: Specific (forensic investigation articles)
  • Notable Quirk: Although infrequently published, Forensic Methods tends to provide comprehensive overviews of popular and emerging industry topics.
  • URL: http://forensicmethods.com/

 

Forensic 4:Cast

  • Publishing Frequency: Daily
  • Topic Focus: Specific (Forensics news and methodologies)
  • Notable Quirk: Recently restructured their publishing schedule to include a blog, magazine and podcast, so information is more categorized but less frequent in some cases.
  • URL: https://forensic4cast.com/

 

Which one of these computer forensics blogs is your favorite? Vote below!

 

 

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Three Simple Ways to Prepare for a Certification Exam

When it comes to preparing for an exam, different methods work for different people. Since not everyone is the same, there are plenty of tips and tricks to ready yourself for an exam and stay ready.

There are three time-tested and well-researched components for preparing yourself to take any major exam, including certifications:

  • Staying Physically Ready for an Exam
  • Staying Mentally Ready for an Exam
  • Staying Emotionally Ready for an Exam

Many people are naturally very good at one or two of these areas—perhaps you have a strong memory, or you don’t get rattled by the significance of the test—but it takes practice to get good at all three.

And if you can master all three of these areas, test taking will not only be much easier for any exams you’re currently preparing for, but it will also get you used to the challenges and routines of staying “on the ball” for future exams, quizzes and tests.