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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.

  • Use Cyberstates to Inform Your Job Search

    Apr 3, 2017, 21:24 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    CompTIA’s annual Cyberstates report and mobile-friendly, interactive tool takes a comprehensive look at the U.S. IT industry and workforce from a national, state and local view. Over the next couple of months, we’re going to dig deeper into some of this data and what it means for IT pros, but for today, we’ll do a quick overview of the report and how you can use the tool.
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  • What's the Big Deal About Accreditation?

    Mar 31, 2017, 14:27 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    You may have heard that many CompTIA certifications are accredited by the International Organization for Standardization and the American National Standards Institute (ISO/ANSI). While that sounds like a good thing, you may be wondering why. What does accreditation really mean, and why does it matter?
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  • A Brief History of Testing: We’ve Come a Long Way!

    Mar 29, 2017, 18:18 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    CompTIA is excited to announce the launch of CompTIA Online Testing. In honor of this big step forward, let’s take a look back at the history of testing, from the very first written test to filling in bubbles with No. 2 pencils to the evolution of electronic testing.
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  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+): Your Questions Answered

    Mar 27, 2017, 18:49 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our new CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) exam, and we want to make sure you have the answers you need to decide whether or not it’s right for you.
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  • Do You Have What It Takes to Be an IT Project Manager?

    Mar 22, 2017, 20:20 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    Having solid project management skills can open new doors for IT pros, both in and outside of IT. But do you know what those skills are? Check out this list to see if you have what it takes to move into project management.
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  • 10 Critical Skills for Today’s IT Workforce

    Mar 17, 2017, 22:03 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    Earlier this month, CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux spoke about the top 10 skills needed by today’s IT workforce. Take a look at the list to find the areas in which you excel and those in which you can focus your professional development.
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  • CompTIA Instructor Draws on His Experience to Help Prepare Students for Exams

    Mar 3, 2017, 15:11 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    Dennis Thibodeaux began teaching at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers in 2010, but his experience as an instructor and IT professional go back more than 20 years. He consistently ranks among the top New Horizons instructors. We recently spoke with him to learn more about how he helps others to earn their certifications and realize the value they hold.
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  • IT Pros Weigh in on the State of Security in 2017

    Mar 1, 2017, 22:30 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    On January 22, James Stanger, CompTIA senior director of product development, moderated a panel of three IT pros on the topic of cybersecurity. Titled, “The State of Security 2017: A Report from Experts in the Field,” the group discussed uptime and critical systems, justifying the cost of cybersecurity and making the most of limited budgets and strategies for combatting cybersecurity breaches and attacks.
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  • CompTIA D.C. Fly-In Seeks to Advance the IT Workforce

    Feb 28, 2017, 15:06 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    Earlier this month, CompTIA hosted its sixth annual D.C. Fly-In, in partnership with the Technology Councils of North America. More than 140 technology executives and business representing 29 states gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss technology issues including the IT workforce, cybersecurity, apprenticeships and more.
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  • CompTIA SME Workshops Offer Networking Opportunities with a Diverse Group of IT Pros

    Feb 22, 2017, 21:30 PM by Debra B. McCraw
    In January, we had a group of 15 CompTIA Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) join us to create text and performance-based questions for the next version of the CompTIA Security+ exam. Two of the IT pros in attendance shared their experience of being a SME.
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