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professionalcertifications 22 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM for employment as an information sys- tems auditor. Requirements: At least five years of experience auditing, controlling, moni- toring and/or assessing enterprise IT and business systems Certifying organization: ISACA (isaca.org) Information Technology Infrastructure Library Qualification Audience: IT professionals Focus: A modular approach to the ITIL framework comprising a series of quali- fications focused on different aspects of ITIL best practices Requirements: Vary by level of qualifi- cation being sought Certifying organization: Axelos (axelos.com) Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Audience: IT professionals Focus: Ability to build innovative solu- tions across multiple technologies, both on-premises and in the cloud. Certifica- tions are offered in the areas of server infrastructure, desktop infrastructure, private cloud, enterprise devices and applications, data platform, business intelligence, messaging, communica- tion and SharePoint. Requirements: Hands-on experience with Microsoft technology. Optional online or classroom training is available. Certifying organization: Microsoft (microsoft.com) Project Management Professional Audience: Project managers Focus: Complete life cycle of project Back to School who are protecting these organizations, and yet attacks are getting through,” Corey said. Cybrary has thousands of partici- pants with .gov and .mil email address- es, he said. Yet he believes the govern- ment should be doing more to train IT professionals in cybersecurity. “I know for a fact they’re not doing enough,” he said. “It’s too expensive to send somebody to a class. It’s relatively inaccessible, and it’s very impractical. [Agencies are] working with restricted budgets.” Corey noted that during the budget sequestration and government shut- down of 2013, training was one of the first things to be cut. He was working at a brick-and-mortar cybersecurity training company at the time. “No one came to training the entire length of it,” he recalled. “You had no one from any government agency there with us taking classes.” So far, Corey said, Cibrary averages 1,000 to 1,200 new registered users a day. In July, 84,000 people took classes through the company. To stay afloat without charging tuition, Cybrary relies on advertising and fees students must pay if they want certificates of completion. The com- pany also offers an enterprise platform that teaches compliance with the Fed- eral Information Security Management Act and end-user security awareness training for organizations. He has even turned to Kickstarter for funding. Working professionals who are already trained in a field and want to increase their expertise tend to use MOOCs the most. But providers are still learning how to attract and, more important, retain students for the dura- tion of a course. According to a 2013 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, MOOCs only average a 6 percent com- pletion rate. MIT and Harvard University, how- ever, published a report earlier this year analyzing data from 68 MOOCs offered by those two schools and found that participation tends to decline ini- tially and then stabilize. The study also found that computer science courses are more likely to have better partici- pation — 68,000 compared to 19,000 for other types of courses. Certification also affects participa- tion rates. More than half of MOOC students are looking for a certifica- tion of some kind, and most programs charge for that proof of accomplish- ment. Those fees are relatively mod- est — usually less than $100 — and students seeking a certificate complete courses at a far greater rate. But not all certificates will translate into the continuing education credits that are recognized for federal train- ing purposes. Therefore, interested students must work with their agen- cies to confirm credit or else dive into MOOCs strictly for the learning and skip the credentials. MOOCs to try For those who want to boost their IT skills for free, MOOCs offer a vast array of relevant courses: • Coursera and the University of Vir- ginia’s Darden School of Business offer “Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management.” The course teach- es students what is required to plan and execute large-scale projects and gives them an understanding of agile project management principles. • Coursera and the Georgia Institute of Technology offer “Human-Computer Interaction: User Experience and User Interface Design.” This course teaches the design cycle of user inter- face design and requires participants to take a capstone exam to earn a certificate. • Cybrary offers more than a dozen courses in cybersecurity, including 0830fcw_014-026.indd 22 8/12/15 12:37 PM
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