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  • Having Fun With Passwords

    by Steve Hunt  | January 25, 2010
    I got a kick out of an analysis of a recent hack.  After the RockYou application was hacked in December, exposing 32 million consumer passwords, security vendor Imperva analyzed the passwords to discover the most commonly used ones.  Remarkably, they are the same passwords many of us listed as the worst passwords you could possibly use back in 1995.Some of the worst, but most common, and therefore most easily guessable passwords are: Password Qwerty princess michaelBut the absolute hands down wi ...
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  • Podcast: Todd Thibodeaux On Getting America Back To Work

    by Matt Swanston  | January 24, 2010
    In this edition, CompTIA’s President and CEO describes his vision for CompTIA’s Getting America Back To Work program.  Download the MP3 file.[podcast]http://www.comptia.org/media/Todd_Thibodeaux_Getting_America_Back_To_Work_Jan_2010.mp3[/podcast]
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  • Security is Not the Point

    by Steve Hunt  | January 23, 2010
    Articulating the Value of Security...It’s an uphill battle to convince the decision-makers in any business that they need to invest in security. Why? Because deep down, all professional businesspeople think security is an annoying layer of cost and inconvenience.If you walk in and tell them, “We need more security,” they hear, “We need a more annoying layer of cost and inconvenience.”Getting the buy-in for security products and services today means understanding what drives your company’s securi ...
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  • Small Business in the Biggest Sandbox

    by Matt Swanston  | January 22, 2010
    The term “international” has become somewhat synonymous with the mega corporations that include the term in their name or mission.  But the latest CompTIA research suggests you don’t have to be one of the biggest kids on the playground to claim a spot in the global sandbox.On average, 13% of annual revenue at small and medium-size information technology firms is generated from international markets, according to the latest CompTIA research.  Among the small firms doing business overseas, 43% ind ...
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  • The Power of Predictability

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | January 22, 2010
    The fluidity of the regulatory, political and economic environment has reached a point where the amount of uncertainty at play in making everyday business decisions has reached a critical level. Terms on contracts, healthcare for employees, the very viability of your customers and more, are really up in the air. The global economy thrives on certainty. It’s one of the reasons, historically, we’ve seen strong economic growth during periods that mixed a multitude of different variables in differen ...
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  • Teaching Tomorrow’s Tech Entrepreneurs

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | January 18, 2010
    CompTIA is committed to doing its part in training the tech workforce of tomorrow. As the leading global source of vendor-neutral IT certifications we have a big responsibility. Since the initiation of CompTIA’s programs more than 10 years ago a large part of our focus has been on adult learning. Working with our training partners CompTIA has certified more than 1.2 million people helping them start or transition into a new career.Over the coming months and years we will be placing a larger emph ...
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  • Small Business Market Adds Up to a Big Opportunity for Savvy IT Firms

    by Tim Herbert  | January 18, 2010
    As Dwight Schrute would say, “Fact: the small and medium size business (SMB) sector is critically important to the US economy.” With the daily financial news dominated by movements in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or earnings reports from the big guys, it’s sometimes easy to forget the true significance of the SMB market. Consider for a moment: the 30 companies comprising the Dow, a proxy for “the market,” employ about 7 million workers. In contrast, the SMB market (<500 employees) employs ...
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  • Podcast: Addressing Certification Concerns

    by Matt Swanston  | January 14, 2010
    After an outpouring of comments in response to our recertification announcement this week, we thought it best to let you hear the responses directly from the horse's mouth.  In this podcast, I discussed some of the more pointed comments with Terry Erdle (our VP of Certs) and allowed him to address them directly.Download and listen to the podcast here: http://www.comptia.org/media/CompTIA_certification_discussion.mp3Links to more information about our recent changes:FAQs Certification PolicySee H ...
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  • Cert Shelf Life

    by Matt Swanston  | January 12, 2010
    What was true and cutting-edge in IT three years ago isn’t necessarily either today.That’s one of the reasons behind our new certification renewal policy, which puts a 3-year shelf life on CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications.The new policy doesn’t mean you have to take or pay for a new certification exam every three years. Things like publishing IT articles or blog entries, attending a conference or seminar, or even obtaining other industry certifications can count ...
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  • Put Food on the Table

    by Lisa Fasold  | January 11, 2010
    While the economy continues to improve, some workers are still struggling to put food on the table and take care of their families. Many are hard-working and dedicated individuals who have had to turn their professional lives upside down in this turbulent market.When the market gives us lemons, it’s time to make lemonade with a tried-and-true recipe. Education and certifications give professionals the boost they need to differentiate themselves and gain employment. At the CompTIA Educational Fou ...
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  • Considering Perceptions of Diversity in High Tech

    by Yvette Steele | Apr 19, 2018
    The tech industry as a whole does a great deal to promote diversity and inclusion. However, it’s no secret that the sector is challenged when it comes to successfully executing initiatives aimed at diversifying its workforce.
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