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CompTIA Senior Manager, Content Marketing Strategy

Debra B. McCraw oversees CompTIA's IT Career News blog. As a corporate journalist and storyteller, she has written about career development, personal finance, success stories and more for Goodwill, LinkedIn, Northwestern Mutual and other organizations.

  • CompTIA A+: From PC Repair to Problem Solving in 26 Years

    Jan 16, 2019, 15:42 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    If you got your CompTIA A+ 10 or 20 years ago, you may be wondering how the Core Series, which launched this week, compares to the exams you took. Learn more about what’s changed and what’s stayed the same.
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  • Our Greatest Hits: The Top CompTIA IT Career News Articles of 2018

    Dec 21, 2018, 12:21 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    In 2018, we covered a wide range of topics, including cybersecurity, cloud, computer networking and, of course, training and certifications, just to name a few. We’re counting down our greatest hits of 2018, from number 10 to number 1, in case you missed them earlier this year.
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  • CompTIA Digital Badging: 5 Facts You May Not Know

    Dec 12, 2018, 18:30 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    You may have heard that your CompTIA certifications can now be shared as CompTIA digital badges – images and metadata that prove to employers that you’ve demonstrated the hands-on skills needed by today’s IT workforce. But do you know how they work, the benefits they offer and how you can get yours?
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  • Eight Ways to Do Professional Development Now

    Nov 30, 2018, 21:12 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    We all know that professional development is an important key to career success, but between deadlines and meetings at work, not to mention personal commitments, it can be hard to find time for learning. Here are eight ways you can make learning fit your lifestyle.
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  • How to Train for (and Renew) an IT Certification in 5 Steps

    Nov 5, 2018, 21:24 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    People prepare for IT certifications in a number of ways, using a number of tools. There’s no one way to get certified, but following these five basic steps will set you up for success.
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  • Cybersecurity Careers: Learn More About Penetration Testing

    Oct 24, 2018, 12:35 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    Offense and defense work together on cybersecurity to identify vulnerabilities and patch them up before attackers can break through. If the offensive, or red team, interests you, keep reading to learn more about penetration testing.
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  • Cybersecurity Certificates, Certifications and Degrees: How to Choose

    Oct 19, 2018, 15:22 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    You’ve decided you want to get into cybersecurity, and now it’s time to get credentials. But what is the difference between a cybersecurity certificate, a certification and a degree, and how do you know which is right for you?
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  • Secure System Design: Why Plug and Play Is a Dangerous Game

    Sep 24, 2018, 14:35 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    In today’s world, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for hackers to be able to access a device and cause harm. CompTIA Security+, and the new CompTIA CertMaster Learn for Security+, address many of the cybersecurity issues related to IoT, including secure systems design.
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  • Why CompTIA PenTest+? A Review of CompTIA’s Newest IT Certification

    Aug 24, 2018, 17:28 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    CompTIA’s newest IT certification, CompTIA PenTest+, assesses the knowledge and skills needed to run a comprehensive, responsible and successful penetration testing program. Beta tester Molly Stewart shares her views on the certification.
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  • ChannelCon IT Pro Track Day 2 Dives Deep into Cybersecurity

    Aug 3, 2018, 14:30 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    You can’t avoid cybersecurity in the IT world, and ChannelCon 2018 is no exception. On Thursday, August 2, the IT Pro Track powered by AITP focused on cybersecurity, with four sessions that all touched on internet of things (IoT) devices, endpoints and red team versus blue team.
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