IT Certification Posts

Why You Need a Security+ Certification in 2015

In the Information Technology (IT) industry, acquiring certifications in certain disciplines is just as essential as acquiring a traditional degree.

There are numerous benefits that come from acquiring an IT certification, so whether you are an active or aspiring IT professional, it would behoove you to consider what IT certifications are available and what they can do for you. There are many different types of certifications depending on what type of IT professional you aspire to be. Choosing the right certifications is essential to furthering your career as a professional. One example of an IT certification that can allow you to further your career immediately is the Security+ certification.

Security+ (pronounced “Security-Plus”) is a certification provided by CompTIA which designates that a professional is knowledgeable in the field of security, which is becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the IT sector. This is a certification that you should update every three years through CompTIA in order to make sure that you are on the cutting edge of security technology.

Some of the most relevant job titles for this certification include IA Technician, IA Manager, Network Administrator, Security Consultant and Security Engineer. The CompTIA Security+ certification has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Defense, Hitachi Information Systems, CSC, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman as the ideal way to indicate that a professional is apt in the right areas of security IT.

Certification Zero: Where to Start on Your Path to a Dream Certification

Any good epidemiologist, or zombie movie aficionado, can tell you that if you want to solve a seemingly overwhelming problem you need to start at the beginning.

With matters that spread throughout a population, “the beginning” is commonly referred to as “patient zero.” Getting high-level certifications can seem as complicated as saving the world from endless hungry hoards—especially when you start to explore what your peers and competitors have already accomplished—but all you need to do is break the pricess up into manageable steps, starting with the beginning.

What you need is your “certification zero”—a starting point to guide you down the path toward your ultimate goals.

Today, we’ll look at a step-by-step approach to build your skills and bring you in the direction of that coveted, career-changing certification.

 

Getting Started with the CISSP Certification

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or CISSP, is a great certification to take the long approach on. It requires five years of related work experience before you can even sit the test. There are, of course, 10 “domains,” or subject areas within the CISSP certification, so the experience required can cover a lot of different job roles.

Many people find the CISSP daunting as a starting point. In that case, your “certification zero” can be an associated certification (or two) that will build toward your ultimate goal.

CompTIA offers several certifications that you might want to start with on your path toward being an IT security guru. Network+ would be a smart choice, because five of the ten domains are directly related to IT Network Security, which makes the Network+ a great place to begin getting the skills, practice, and job experience you will need in order to eventually pass the CISSP exam as well.

Lessons Learned from 1 Million Exam Practice Questions Answered

We’ve just hit a big milestone at Skillset, which comes with a lot of reflection, advancement and realizations about the “new normal” the site has entered in 2015. It’s all very exciting and insightful, so we wanted to share our experiences publicly and transparently.

First, the milestone: As of this week, Skillset.com users have answered more than 1,000,000 questions!

That’s one million. With an ‘M’. That means that our (very dedicated) users and visitors have clicked “submit” while answering one of our thousands of certification practice questions many thousands of times per day over the last few months.

Of course, after one million sample questions answered, we’ve learned quite a bit.

 

How did we get to one million questions answered?

 

The short answer to this question is that we have more than 100,000 sample questions available, so this milestone was almost inevitable. What we didn’t expect was how quickly our users would get there.

Skillset.com users are now answering more than 10,000 questions per day. Only a few months after we launched the site in earnest, that is a truly surprising number.

The reason, however, is fairly simple: Anyone preparing to take a professional certification exam knows they need to practice. And they can (and do) practice endlessly on Skillset, while rarely seeing the same question twice.