Expert Interview Series: Morten Kjaersgaard of Heimdal Security on Attacking Cyber Security Threats

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Morten Kjaersgaard is an experienced leader in the security industry, currently guiding the Heimdal Security team and spearheading a new approach to information security, based on proactive protection.

We recently asked Morten for his insight on cyber security for people training to work in IT security. Here’s what he shared:

Can you tell us about the mission behind Heimdal Security? How do you hope to impact the world of cyber security?

The Heimdal Security team is driven by a challenging, yet rewarding mission: to make all our lives safer by teaching and practicing proactive security.

As we live and thrive in a world where technology is instrumental for most of the things we do, we aim to help people understand how to leverage security to their benefit and provide them with the tools to protect what they love the most.

We believe that helping people understand and apply key cyber security principles should not be done through fear, but through a constructive approach based on practical education.

Our vision is to build the best proactive security tools that home users and companies of all sizes can use to defended themselves against malicious actors and their activities. We hold ourselves to high standards and expect our clients and partners to do the same.

Our belief is that, by embracing cyber security and protecting what we hold dear, we can all contribute to making the web (and our entire world) a safer place for all.

How has the way Heimdal approaches cyber security evolved since your company was founded?

Our approach has stayed the same since we started. We focus intensely on proactive cyber security and have built both technical tools and informational tools to help companies and home users safeguard their assets.

What is key for us is to make security as simple and effective for any user as possible. We have learnt a great deal along the way and we use these insights to achieve this particular goal.

By constantly listening to everyone we interact with, we gather data that drives the advancement of both our products and our work in general.

How have the way cyber criminals target and attack organizations evolved? What do brands need to know about staying ahead of these threats?

In the past years, attack methods and the malicious software itself have evolved a great deal, especially as ransomware grew into the most widespread cyber threat in the world. Nowadays, malware is capable of digging deeper into a victim’s system and staying hidden for longer periods of time, which is why prevention becomes fundamental.

An example from the top of my mind is described in detail in one of the recent security alerts we published on our blog. In it, we describe how IT criminals compromise the widely-used TeamViewer application and turn it into a spy tool that enables them to harvest and exfiltrate confidential data from the infected computer.

But no matter how much malicious software evolves, most cyber threats still require human input to be triggered. This is the case of phishing attacks, malware distributed through spam emails or private messages on legitimate social networks, etc.

Each time a new platform grew in popularity, cybercriminals quickly found a way to leverage it for their nefarious objectives. From scams to ransomware-laden websites, from fake emails (i.e. CEO fraud) to advanced social engineering tactics (i.e. supply chain attacks) – they have always found a way to use psychological vulnerabilities against their targets.

Brands, no matter how big or small, need to invest in educating themselves and their employees about the basics of cyber security. This is basic cyber hygiene and it will greatly help them make the right decisions for their protection, both at work and beyond.

Next, brands should focus on preventing cyber attacks, as it is much cheaper and much more effective than mitigating the consequences of a compromise. Cybercrime victims would probably unanimously back this up. And there is a lot they can do in this action area!

What are the most common threats facing organizations today? What about the most dangerous threats?

Ransomware will continue to be the most menacing of all cyber threats in 2017, just as it was in 2016. This is because it combines malicious data encryption with psychological manipulation to extort victims for higher and higher sums of money. Nothing is off limits for the attackers, not even schools, churches or hospitals.

Financial malware continues to be an important threat as well, as it’s always been, with IT criminals planning and executing targeted attacks against financial institutions or valuable individuals. However, don’t think that people with less money in their accounts are not targets. Everyone is a target, as far as they’re concerned.

Another cyber threat to look out for is mobile malware, which is spreading like wildfire, as most smartphone users believe that their devices are 100 percent secure by default.

And last, but not least, malware targeted at IoT devices (i.e. Mirai malware) will become a growing problem. As more unprotected devices are recruited in botnets, we can expect that the similar attacks to the one against Dyn will happen in the future as well.

What are the biggest challenges facing organizations today in protecting their data?

Complexity is one of the key challenges for any company when it comes to cyber security. That is why it’s imperative that organizations choose the right technology partners that can guide them and help them find the best solutions for their security needs.

Protecting a large number of online platforms, physical infrastructure and devices is a difficult task, but getting everyone who works internally on board to follow security policies is even more challenging. The technological and human component go hand in hand in any cyber security strategy and must be treated as equally important.

What are the most common mistakes or oversights you see brands making?

We’ve seen a few things in our experience that could be improved in companies so that they can increase their cyber security level.

For example, not treating patching as a key IT security activity is a big oversight that can have a sizeable negative impact on security levels.

Not prioritizing proactive security and relying exclusively on reactive security tools is another.

And I’d like to close this top three with bringing up employee education again. To help them know when it’s OK to click on an email attachment and when it’s not can save any company a lot of trouble and just as much money.

This list could go on, but covering these three areas can greatly impact the strength of any company’s protection.

What are best practices for addressing security concerns? What are essential strategies organizations have to put in place in order to protect themselves?

The world of cybercrime moves fast and that compels companies to keep up, whether they’re ready or not.

Best practices include:

  • Constantly monitoring your environment and devices to see which are more vulnerable to cyber threats (and, naturally, remediating that in due time);
  • Analyzing insights provided by cyber security products and acting on the key insights they provide;
  • Having a robust patching policy and ensuring that all software used in the company is up to date at all times;
  • Having a clear and actionable cyber security policy and applying it;
  • Building cyber security awareness within the company and training employees to follow cyber hygiene rules;
  • Regularly backing up company data to avoid data loss in case of any type of cyber attack;
  • Using multiple security layers to minimize potential impact;
  • Having a response plan that can be readily applied in case of a data breach or other type of cyber attack;
  • Maintaining compliance with regulations and laws, which, in recent years, have become more specific in regulating cyber security matters.

These are just some of the few practices that companies should take into account. The bigger the organization, the more complex this list will become.

However, companies should not be intimidated by this checklist. Everything is attainable with the right human resources, the right tools and the right objectives in mind.

What trends or innovations in digital security are you following today? Why do they interest you?

I am currently interested in the way that perimeter security creators are looking to palliate the increased complexity in attacks surrounding ransomware and data-stealing malware. It is especially interesting to see how they work with and around current limitations to provide the flexible and proactive security solutions that companies require nowadays.

Ransomware is a fast-moving threat and others like it might emerge soon. As a consequence, perimeter security becomes an ever more challenging task for security specialists. I want to see how this affects the entire industry, and how it changes the current way of doing things. This is because we clearly need a better protection model, industry-wide, to counteract not only current threats but also to prepare us for future ones.

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Everything You Need to Know about the MCSA Server 2012 Certification

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Microsoft certifications are considered valuable to employers looking for competent IT professionals.

Are you MCSA Server 2012 certified? The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Server 2012 certification serves as proof that you are capable of designing and implementing servers and infrastructures with the Windows operating system and Windows System Server software.

Businesses often use Windows Servers to run their networks and communicate within their businesses, so demand for IT professionals who can determine businesses’ needs and meet those needs with Windows software solutions will likely remain high well into the future.

The MCSA Server 2012 certification is an entry-level certification that does not require prior experience. Students are expected to understand networking basics and have basic knowledge of the Windows operating system before preparing to take the exams.

What to Expect from the MCSA Server 2012 Exams

There are three exams that must be passed to earn MCSA Server 2012 certification. Candidates are considered Microsoft Certified Professionals after passing the first exam on installing and configuring Windows Server 2012. The next two exams are focused on administering Windows Server 2012 and configuring Server 2012 advanced services, providing the needed expertise for leadership positions with Windows servers.

Students who continue after becoming MCSA Server 2012 certified may go on to earn Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert certification, which is more advanced and qualifies an IT professional for higher level positions.

Although Server 2012 has been in existence since 2012, it has gone through multiple updates and is much more fully developed than the original software.

Why Get Certified?

Company leaders value Microsoft certifications and consider them necessary preparation for implementing Microsoft software within the company infrastructure. A recent survey showed that 75 percent of managers considered certification important to team performance. Additionally, 66 percent thought that certification led to better service and support for end users and customers.

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Companies often need administrators for their Microsoft servers.

Furthermore, the higher the number of Microsoft certified team members there were, the better the team performed as a whole. This was true even when team members became certified after joining the team.

Microsoft estimated that certification increased your chances of getting hired 5 times compared to not being certified. Another upside to Microsoft certification is that it is easy to verify, unlike some more arcane certifications. The certification is also valid worldwide, so you can use it anywhere in the world you find yourself employed.

Those who earn the MCSA Server 2012 certification are qualified to serve as network administrators, network engineers, systems engineers, computer/network support specialists, and windows migration specialists. Certified individuals will typically earn higher salaries than non-certified individuals with the same level of experience, making the cost of the certification exam and preparation courses well worth it.

Microsoft reported that “in high growth industries, entry level employees who hold a MCSA certification . . . can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers.” That’s certainly no small figure.

Are you interested in becoming MCSA certified? PC AGE invites you to request information about all our certification programs and other courses to further your career as an IT professional.

12 Cybercrime Stats that Highlight the Need for Cybersecurity Professionals

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Security breaches continue to threaten companies and individuals.

Cyber security professionals are in high demand, and it’s easy to see why. It seems like we hear about a new data breach almost every week, and companies are looking for ways to keep their confidential and proprietary data secure.

Here are some statistics about the current state of cybercrime that illustrate just how much cybersecurity professionals are needed.

1. The global cost of cybercrime was $3 trillion in 2015 and is expected to double by 2021, according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures. These costs include destroyed data; stolen money, data, and intellectual property; lost productivity; investigational costs; disruption to normal business activities; restoring the systems and data that were destroyed or stolen; and harm to a business’ reputation.

2. More than 29 million records have been exposed in 858 reported breaches, including in the financial, government, healthcare, and education fields. Source: Cybersecurity Ventures

3. 111 billion lines of software code are being produced each year, and each of them has the potential to contain a vulnerability that cybercriminals can exploit. Source: Cybersecurity Ventures

4. Global spending on cybersecurity defense services is expected to total $1 trillion over the next 5 years, although even that probably won’t be enough to be effective because many companies are not spending as much as they should on preventative services. Source: Cybersecurity Ventures

5. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a security breach among the 383 organizations queried was $4 million. For U.S. organizations that cost jumped to $7 million.

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Hackers are getting better and better at stealing and destroying organizations’ data.

6. Cost per breach was highest in the financial and healthcare sectors because there are a higher number of regulations and compliance requirements. Source: Ponemon Institute

7. Small businesses are suffering from cybercrime in large amounts – according to one report, 50 percent of small businesses said they were cyber-attacked at least once in the last 12 months. Source: Keeper Security 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report

8. Just 38 percent of organizations surveyed said they were ready to defend against cybercrime in 2015. Source: ISACA 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report

9. When phishing is used by hackers to gain entry to a network. 30 percent of phishing emails are opened, while 12 percent of those who open the email click the infected link causing a possible breach. Source: Security Intelligence

10. Businesses and governments are rushing to implement security awareness training for employees to prevent them from falling for phishing and other attacks. Source: Ponemon Institute

11. The opportunities to hack people have grown to a million or more with the advent of wirelessly connected and digitally monitored implantable medical devices, including defibrillators, pacemakers, insulin pumps, ear tubes, and deep brain neurostimulators. Source: Cybersecurity Ventures

12. The cybersecurity workforce shortage was one million in 2016 and is expected to grow to 1.5 million by 2019 – less than three years from now. Source: Cybersecurity Ventures

PC AGE offers courses on cybersecurity including preparation for security-related and ethical hacking IT certifications that can lead to jobs and careers in cybersecurity. Contact us for information about how to become a cybersecurity professional and help ease this critical shortage.

The Essential Guide to the CEH Certification

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White hat or ethical hackers help companies prevent hacking.

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification shows employers that IT professionals can use hacking skills legally to discover security flaws in their company or organization’s network and defend against them.

To receive the CEH certification, professionals must pass an exam in which they are given test situations and told to find the security flaws as well as fix them. Students may take a course to prepare themselves for the CEH certification or may self-prepare if they have at least two years’ experience in IT security or other equivalent education.

Why Are Ethical Hackers Needed?

Hackers have thousands of tools and methods they have discovered to gain access to unauthorized information, including financial and confidential information and industry secrets. While security professionals work hard to fix vulnerabilities as they find them, hackers are working hard to find new vulnerabilities to exploit.

Without ethical hackers, companies and organizations would not know how to protect their important information from those who want to use it wrongfully. It is an ethical hacker’s job to stay one step ahead of hackers so they can keep information safe from theft or exposure.

Almost every week, a new data breach is announced in which a major company’s data was compromised. Ethical hackers are the only hope companies have to protect themselves against data breaches that can negatively impact their businesses. Although ethical hackers do some of the same things hackers with ill intent do, it is legal to use hacking techniques when a company or organization requests you to do so for its benefit.

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Ethical hackers will be in high demand for some time to come.

Details of Certification

The certification exam is four hours long and costs $500-$600. For those that don’t take a certification preparation course, there is an extra fee of $100. While the exam costs more than some other certification exams, it covers real-life situations and all the major ethical hacking skills known.

Certification is good for three years and can be renewed with 120 hours of continuing education. The exam covers areas of ethical hacking like footprinting and reconnaissance, scanning networks, enumeration, system hacking, Trojans, worms and viruses, sniffers, denial of service attacks, social engineering, session hijacking, hacking web servers, wireless networks and web applications, SQL injection, cryptography, penetration testing, evading IDS, firewalls, and honeypots.

Certified individuals typically earn more than those without certification, so it is worthwhile to invest in becoming certified. The average salary of ethical hackers is $71,000 per year, but some hackers can make over $100,000, not including bonuses. Some of those higher salaries are due to certification.

Furthermore, IT security professionals are in high demand, with shortages in many areas. PC AGE offers courses to prepare students for the CEH exam and other IT certifications and build their careers as IT professionals. Request information about our programs to see how they can help your IT career.

Happiness Part 3: What Makes a Good Life?

Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it is fame and money, you’re not alone – but, per psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development at Harvard, you’re mistaken.

Here are some important points from Robert Waldinger on Ted.com (link below):

  • There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life goals were, and over 80 percent said that a major life goal for them was to get rich. And another 50 percent of those same young adults said that their other major life goal was to become famous.
  • The clearest message from the 75-year study by The Harvard Study of Adult Development is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.
  • We’ve learned three big lessons about relationships. The first is that social connections are really good for us and that loneliness kills. It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected.
  • It’s the quality of your close relationships that matters. It turns out that living in the midst of conflict is really bad for our health. High-conflict marriages, for example, without much affection, turn out to be very bad for our health, perhaps worse than getting divorced. And living in the midst of good, warm relationships is protective.
  • The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80.

A few years ago, I received an email from one of our earliest graduates. He wanted to invite my wife and me for lunch. When I called him, he mentioned that he graduated from PC AGE in around 1993 and now his son who is 21 is on his way to enroll at PC AGE. He wanted to take us to lunch just to thank us. He mentioned that when he came to PC AGE, he was laid off from a dying publishing company with not much hope for the future, but that training has literary changed his and his family’s life. He was now a Senior Network Admin at a prestigious company, earning six figures.

As Robert Waldinger concluded in his lecture, “The good life is built on good relationships,” at PC AGE, our success and happiness are built on our good relationships with students and employers who have hired our grads for the last 25 years. Good relationships are built by truly caring about people who put their trust on you. That is what you will find at PC AGE.

Zafar Khizer
President
PC AGE Career Institute

How IT Professionals Use the VMware Certification

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Knowing the ins and outs of virtualization can lead to VMware certification.

VMware certification is a popular certification for IT professionals who want to work in or manage virtual call centers and virtual data systems. VMware certification prepares professionals to fill a variety of positions around network administration and even positions in an engineering capacity.

VCP6-DCV preparation teaches students all the ins and outs of how to use vSphere 6, and candidates are expected to have six months experience with vSphere 6 before taking the VCP6-DCV certification exam. Other expected skills include a thorough understanding of DNS, routers, and connectivity for databases as well as storage using vSphere environments.

What Virtualization Accomplishes

Call center virtualization simply means that call center representatives may work from different geographical locations rather than in one place. Allowing employees to telecommute can cut facility costs; sick time is also cut since employees don’t need to stay home from a workplace to avoid spreading illnesses, and it is easier to work from home even when someone might not feel well.

Data virtualization occurs when data can be accessed and manipulated without being physically present or formatted in a certain way. Data virtualization often uses cloud storage and software that makes data easier to access. When a photo is uploaded to a website and can then be accessed from that website without going back to the original location, data virtualization is often being used.

Virtualization of call centers and data storage systems saves companies money and streamlines their operations, so IT professionals who can create, implement and manage virtual systems will be sought and valued by many companies. Having the VMware certification will open up more job opportunities for IT professionals and will help them to advance or command higher salaries at existing jobs.

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Virtualization doesn’t have anything to do with virtual reality, but rather using resources and assets in various places as one holistic unit.

Jobs That Require VMware Knowledge

Advanced VMware certification was recently listed as one of 15 top IT skills that can earn a 6-figure salary in the field by Business Insider, and the VCP6-DCV is the first step to earning that advanced certification.

Some positions listed on Payscale for VMware certifications were Systems Administrators, IT Managers, Senior Systems Engineers, Networking Engineers, and Senior Networking Systems Engineer. Salaries for these positions ranged from $48,000 to nearly $130,000 per year, depending on prior experience and how advanced the position may be.

For many companies running sophisticated networks, administrators will need VMware skills to be able to understand and manage every aspect of the system. VMware certification shows employers that a candidate has the knowledge necessary to create, configure, update and maintain the company’s system as needed for the best possible outcome.

PC AGE offers courses designed to prepare students for various IT certifications, including VCP6-DCV. Certifications help students get better jobs and make better salaries in those jobs to build their IT careers and help them advance over time. Contact us for more information about courses and programs.

New Data Shows that Cybersecurity Professionals are In Demand

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Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing fields in information technology.

Recent data shows that the unemployment rate for cybersecurity professionals is at zero percent. It’s clear that cybersecurity professionals are in-demand, and experts estimate that there may be a 1 million person shortage in this growing field, where there are estimated to be two job openings for every qualified applicant.

Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals is High and Growing Higher

Nearly every business with a network or data center needs cybersecurity professionals to guard against hacking and security breaches of all kinds. New security threats are being reported each day, and skilled professionals are the only hope many businesses have of protecting their data and operations.

Protecting customer data is a top priority for businesses, and there is often a need to protect proprietary formulas, methods, or other types of data as well. Privacy isn’t just a nice thing to have; it’s a necessary component for businesses that seek to operate in today’s complex environment.

Cybercrimes cost businesses and individuals $3 trillion last year, and that figure is expected to increase to $6 trillion by 2021. Cybercrime includes lost data, money, productivity from downtime, intellectual property, embezzlement, and fraud. Cybersecurity is even a top headline in the news, with reports that hacking occurred during the recent U.S. election process.

So many business processes are digital these days, and digital systems have vulnerabilities that can lead to security breaches. Businesses and organizations will be willing to offer top salaries and benefits to those who have skills in cybersecurity and can use them to keep hackers at bay.

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Cybersecurity professionals protect organizations from hackers and other intrusions into their data and networks.

Other Benefits of Hiring Cybersecurity Professionals

While security protection is an important component of any business, there are other benefits to hiring cybersecurity professionals as well. Implementing a quality cybersecurity plan can save or make companies money in several key ways:

–Creating customer trust that their information will be secure
–Creating shareholder value in a more secure product
–Streamlining operations by getting rid of processes that create or worsen security threats
–Easier compliance with government regulations
–Less downtime, which will keep productivity levels higher

Why Study Cybersecurity?

Finding an IT job doesn’t have to be difficult. A cybersecurity professional will have a choice from among jobs where they will be appreciated and valued when entering the cybersecurity field. While employers may seem to have unrealistic expectations and qualifications for hiring, they will find themselves having to make a quality offer to hire a well-trained cybersecurity professional to protect their servers and data.

There are many areas around the country looking to hire qualified cybersecurity personnel. Currently, the New York/Jersey City/Newark areas have the second-largest number of open cybersecurity positions; only the Washington, DC metro area is looking to fill more cybersecurity positions, according to CyberSeek’s heat map.

PC AGE offers training to help qualified students start or advance in an IT career, including the cybersecurity field. Contact us to find out more about the training we offer IT professionals.

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on before we run out of time. Urban’s blog, Wait But Why, has garnered millions of unique page views, thousands of patrons and famous fans like Elon Musk of Tesla.

Why millions of Americans are making about half on average as compared to someone with a college degree or IT certificate? It is probably nothing but procrastination that kills career opportunities.

We usually are able to manage and get things done that have deadlines even if we procrastinate. But the real issue is about things that do not have a deadline such as exercise, start saving for retirement, working on relationships, going for colonoscopy test (if you are over 50) that may save you from colon cancer, making a will or starting a career training or college.

Watch the excellent presentation below.

Zafar Khizer
President
PC AGE Career Institute

A Comprehensive Guide to the VMware Certification


VMware certification enables people to support virtual data centers.

VMware certification prepares IT professionals to create, administer and maintain virtualization programs for business data centers. VM stands for virtual machines, which provide software applications for data centers so that they can function both individually and as part of a call center or customer support network.

Not only do VMware administrators need to understand how VMware works and be able to create systems that function well, but they also need to monitor the system constantly to make sure it is functioning correctly, prioritize actions so that urgent tasks get completed when they need to, and prevent malware attacks and other unauthorized access to systems.

Other critical aspects of VMware administration include managing the degradation and breakdown of the system so that catastrophic failure doesn’t occur and integrating the system with other hardware and software as needed. Making the system user-friendly so that personnel outside IT can use it easily is another important part of being a VMware administrator.

Some experience with VMware may be required for certain levels of certification, but associate certifications are available even without any IT experience, as long as you pass the exam with the required knowledge level. Expert certifications are available for those with advanced skills and job experience with vSphere software.


Virtualization skills are in increasing demand.

How Companies Benefit from VMWare

Automated and virtualized data centers are extremely complex environments that require a thorough understanding of both cloud computing and VMware to navigate. Virtualizing a data center means creating a virtual representation of applications, servers, storage and networks rather than physical ones. VMware virtualization saves companies money on their IT costs, and it is more agile and efficient for businesses at the same time.

Virtualization can eliminate the downtime that usually occurs as customers wait on hold or during periods of time, like overnight, when a call center is shut down or has a reduced staff. VMware also helps make data recovery and business continuity easier to accomplish in the event that a disaster strikes the business.

With all the benefits of VMware for companies, it’s not surprising that the technology is growing and that many companies will be looking for skilled and certified VMware administrators in coming months and years.

There are several types of VMware certification, but VMware Certified Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) certification shows that you can administer and troubleshoot vSphere V6 systems. VCP6-DCV is the most popular type of VMware certification with over 100,000 IT professionals certified around the world.

Common job titles of those with VMware VCP6-DCV certification include Virtualization Engineer, Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Virtualization Implementation Engineer, Data Center Administrator, and Network Administrator Team Lead.

PC AGE offers courses to prepare students to pass the VMware VCP6-DCV certification exam and take the next step toward an IT career. Students receive a rigorous education in the required skills within a supportive peer environment. Interested in learning more? Request information about our courses today.

6 Real Business Uses for the CISSP Certification

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Getting CISSP-certified will help you find a better IT job.

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) has been in place since 1994 to provide vendor-neutral skills certification in information security. It was created by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or ISC.

As of November 16, 2016, there were over 110,000 IT professionals with CISSP certifications in 162 countries worldwide. The CISSP certification is also approved by the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

The CISSP certification has many business applications. Here are some of the most useful ones.

1. To create and implement a security program for a company or organization.

Organizations need to know that their information and networks are secure, and have a security plan in place. The CISSP certification ensures that an IT professional has the skills to create and implement a security program which will protect companies from hackers that may want to disrupt, expose or even destroy their networks and data.

2. To manage an existing security structure.

The CISSP also provides a wealth of knowledge about how to manage IT security, so that certified individuals will be familiar with existing software and programs and be able to maintain the security of an existing network as well as upgrade it when necessary.

3. To gain access to the best jobs.

Many top employers require that applicants possess the CISSP certification to be hired in an information security role. Furthermore, certified individuals earn more than their non-certified counterparts. In fact, the CISSP certification is ranked third in salary of all certifications, with an average salary of over $110,000.

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IT security can mean handling hardware or software.

4. To achieve job stability.

While no job is ever 100% stable, information security jobs rank at the top for job stability, with the need for network and internet security continuing to increase. While it used to be that only larger companies had a network, now even an office of 5 to 10 can require its own network, which needs an administrator.

5. To gain credibility in the field of information security.

The Global Information Security Workforce Study showed that almost 70% of respondents considered certification as a reliable way to know if a candidate is competent and has good skills. Having a good reputation among hiring staff and fellow applicants can help a candidate advance and gain the respect of colleagues.

6. To stay up to date on the latest skills and changes in IT security.

CISSP certification is good for three years, after which recertification with updated information is required. The test also incorporates frequent updates to keep up with the latest changes in information security. Employers can be sure that CISSP-certified individuals have a firm grasp on today’s information security skills and needs.

PC AGE offers courses to prepare students for various IT certifications, including CISSP certification, that can help them become employed or get promoted in their IT jobs. Request information from PC AGE to see if we can help you meet your IT career goals.