CompTIA Blog

  • Are We There Yet?

    by Tim Herbert  | January 29, 2010
    Like a cranky kid on a long car trip, just about everyone these days eagerly wants to know how close we’re getting to our final destination. That is…a stable, healthy economy.Several key macroeconomic indicators, as well as CompTIA’s recently released 2010 IT Industry Outlook, suggests we’re making steady progress.CompTIA’s bi-monthly survey of over 300 tech companies points to improved business confidence, which moved into solidly positive territory on the 100-point scale (up 6.3 points to 56.6 ...
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  • Need a Tax Deduction?

    by Lisa Fasold  | January 27, 2010
    Got a vacation house? Extra seats to a sports event? We've got a way to help you turn them into tax deductions.The CompTIA Educational Foundation is soliciting the use of vacation homes, extra event tickets, products, services and personal items of value for its silent auction at Breakaway.  You get the tax deduction; the Foundation gets funds to help individuals in need get IT training and certification.  It’s a win-win.You set the parameters of your gift.  For example, when you're not using yo ...
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  • You Spoke, We Listened. Old Certifications Still Good For Life!

    by Susan Cato  | January 26, 2010
    We’ve listened to your feedback on our recent certification policy changes, and now we’re taking action. Today we made changes to the policy announced January 11, 2010.With this change, CompTIA will not require recertification for any current holders of CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications. Our certification renewal program will begin in 2011, but will not affect any certifications earned before that time.Please make sure to read the letter about the change from our C ...
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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][/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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