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The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) Provides a Certification to Validate and Differentiate Today's Health Care Quality and Safety Professionals

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Dec. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The importance of health care quality and patient safety continues to be at the forefront of providing medical care. It is essential that health care providers and administrators demonstrate their expertise and commitment to health care quality and safety. In addition to concerns about patient safety, inappropriate services, and unnecessary readmissions, the rising costs of health care and its impact on families and business all solidify the need for HCQM Certification.

The early registration discount is available through February 15, 2023, registrants save $75.00 on the HCQM test fee before this deadline. The HCQM test window has also been expanded to allow testing between March 1, 2023, and September 30, 2023.

ABQAURP continues to work with Prometric on test development and delivery for its HCQM Certification Exam. The test is provided through Prometric's global Exam Center network and remotely via ProProctor™. The ProProctor remote testing platform allows candidates to test anywhere, at any time.

Dr. Nick Paslidis, ABQAURP Chairman of the Board, states, "Physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals throughout the world are now able to sit for ABQAURP's HCQM Certification Examination. We encourage health care professionals worldwide to be recognized for their commitment to value-driven, quality care by earning the CHCQM® (Certified in Health Care Quality Management) credential."

Health care leaders can enhance their HCQM credential with additional sub-specialty certifications in the following categories:

Prepare now for the 2023 HCQM Examination! ABQAURP is now accepting applications for the HCQM Test Window that will be open from March 1, 2023, through September 30, 2023. Early Registration Discount through February 15, 2023; register now to save $75 off the HCQM test Fee.

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Killexams : Ron Pulcer: ‘Candidate quality’ — Trump will lose again in 2024

This commentary is by Ron Pulcer, a resident of Rutland Town.

The buzzword from the 2020 general election was "election fraud" along with the hashtag #StopTheSteal. Never mind that the stealing started after the election. 

Donald Trump raised $250 million for an "election defense fund" that didn’t exist. The money was funneled into Trump's business properties and his "Save America" PAC.

The buzzword from the 2022 midterm election was "candidate quality," coined by Sen. Mitch McConnell in regard to Trump-endorsed candidates such as Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, Tudor Dixon, Blake Masters, etc. Trump didn’t follow through and share funds with these campaigns. Later, the Super PAC affiliated with McConnell spent millions trying to prop up several of these campaigns of questionable quality.

Those who perpetrated the Big Lie about "widespread election fraud" only really seemed to care about swing states. That my home state of Michigan would switch parties yet again and vote for Joe Biden in 2020 is not surprising to me. Biden helped with the auto bailout after the Great Recession.

Of course, swing states are where the Electoral College hinged upon. But if there was "widespread" fraud as Trumplicans claimed, there should have been uproar about more states.

Vermont is not a swing state. Vermont’s three Electoral College votes weren’t enough for Trump, Giuliani and Bannon to focus on, assuming again that there was "widespread" election fraud, as they claimed.

You can't convince everyone. But since "politics is local," I will direct the following to Vermonters. That includes Jan. 6 bus riders and defenders, “Let’s Go Brandon” chanters, QAnon followers, and election-result-denying politicians.

Vermont is a Blue state on the Electoral College map. Rutland Town bucks that statewide trend as a conservative town. Rutland Town has had Republican Statehouse representatives since 1997.

Rutland Town has long had one House representative. After the 2020 Census redistricting, Rutland Town was sliced into two parts and annexed to neighboring municipalities. The following election results are from the district formerly known as Rutland-4 (Rutland Town in full).

In both 2016 and 2020, Republican Phil Scott won the governor's race and Donald Trump lost the presidential race in Vermont.

In 2016, Phil Scott received 52.9% of the vote statewide and became governor. In Rutland Town, Scott received 65.47% of the vote, over 12 points more than the statewide percentage.

In 2020, Phil Scott received 68.5% of the vote statewide for governor. In Rutland Town, Scott received 78.14% of the vote, almost 10 points more than the statewide percentage.

This jibes with the perception that Rutland Town is one of Vermont's more Republican towns.

In 2016, Donald Trump received 30.3% of the presidential vote statewide. He also lost the national popular vote, but ultimately won via the Electoral College. In Rutland Town, Trump received 42.41% of the vote, over 12 points more than the statewide percentage. Even in conservative Rutland Town, Hillary Clinton received more votes: 45.86%.

In 2020, Donald Trump received 30.7% of the presidential vote statewide. That time, he did not win the Electoral College and Joe Biden became president. In Rutland Town, Trump received 41.21% of the vote — 1.2% lower than his 2016 percentage. In Republican Rutland Town, Joe Biden received more votes: 54.48%.

Did Donald Trump lose in Rutland Town because of "election fraud"? I didn’t hear any such claims. Did Trump lose in Rutland Town because of an influx of Covid refugees? I don't think so.

Mitch McConnell was correct in 2022 about "candidate quality." Perhaps "candidate quality" was also a factor in 2020. Some voters may have tried the new gold-plated candidate in 2016, but later had buyer's remorse.

Gov. Phil Scott was reelected in 2020 partly because of his leadership during the pandemic. In 2022, Gov. Scott handily won again in a Blue state when nationally the "Republican Red Wave" never materialized.

Gov. Scott could not have been reelected for a fourth term with 69.24% of the vote without some votes from independents and moderate Democrats. Scott wisely voiced his opposition to Trump during 2016 and backed John Kasich. For that, he was criticized as a Never-Trumper by some Vermont Republicans.

Voters do consider "candidate quality." But that was true long before McConnell mentioned it. Voters sometimes split their votes. If Republicans want to win, I’d suggest more Phil Scotts and fewer Tudor Dixons.

Some may question why I’m still focusing on the 2020 election. Trump just announced he’s going to run for 2024. It isn’t just that some Vermonters attended the Jan. 6 rally. It’s that they questioned Michigan’s election result without first looking at Rutland Town’s votes and asking why Donald Trump did not win in one of Vermont’s most conservative towns. 

They didn’t make election fraud claims about Rutland Town. But they were willing to go along with attempts to disenfranchise Michigan voters in Wayne County, which includes Detroit.

Donald Trump has never won the popular vote. I predict the trend will continue: Donald will again lose the popular vote in 2024. Trump will lose again in Rutland Town.

Perhaps Republicans should instead try to nominate a presidential candidate who can actually win in Rutland Town, and stop the Big Lying.


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Killexams : AIICO Gets Quality Assurance Certification

AIICO Insurance Plc has emerged the first Nigerian insurance company to be certified with a Quality Assurance Scheme accreditation by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) UK.

According to a statement by IFoA, this was in recognition of the company’s commitment to providing quality assurance at an organisational level, promoting confidence in their actuaries; and demonstrating a commitment to high-quality actuarial work and supporting employees in carrying out that work.

The IFOA is the UK’s only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based in the UK and also internationally.

By this certification, AIICO, has joined the list of IFoA’s 44 accredited organisations globally and third in Africa after two organisations were accredited in Kenya in the last two years. Currently, AIICO has one of the largest actuarial workforce in the insurance industry in Nigeria.

AIICO’s Chief Actuary, Mr Wycliffe Obutu, commenting on the accreditation, stated: “We are delighted to receive this global accreditation from the institute after a rigorous review process.
“This is a noteworthy milestone for the company, management and staff, and the actuarial profession in West Africa, especially Nigeria.

“Management of the company, with the support of its staff, especially Actuarial and HR, is proud to have initiated the process for this accreditation that, in partnership with IFoA, requires actuarial work in the company (and the market) to be undertaken to a high quality that is comparable globally.”

Also speaking, AIICO Managing Director, Mr. Babatunde Fajemirokun, said, “We are staying true to the pursuit of our vision of emerging as the dominant insurer in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“This is one reason we invest substantially in human resources to drive the kind of growth we have in focus. The accreditation by IFoA, is a testament to the fact that we are doing this right.”

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Killexams : Best InfoSec and Cybersecurity Certifications of 2022
  • The U.S. job market has almost 600,000 openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills. 
  • Employers are struggling to fill these openings due to a general cyber-skill shortage, with many openings remaining vacant each year. 
  • When evaluating prospective information-security candidates, employers should look for certifications as an important measure of excellence and commitment to quality.
  • This article is for business owners looking to hire cybersecurity experts, or for individuals interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career. 

Cybersecurity is one of the most crucial areas for ensuring a business’s success and longevity. With cyberattacks growing in sophistication, it’s essential for business owners to protect their companies by hiring qualified cybersecurity experts to manage this aspect of their business. The best candidates will have a certification in information security and cybersecurity. This guide breaks down the top certifications and other guidance you’ll need to make the right hire for your company. It’s also a great primer for individuals who are embarking on a cybersecurity career.

Best information security and cybersecurity certifications

When evaluating prospective InfoSec candidates, employers frequently look to certification as an important measure of excellence and commitment to quality. We examined five InfoSec certifications we consider to be leaders in the field of information security today.

This year’s list includes entry-level credentials, such as Security+, as well as more advanced certifications, like Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). According to CyberSeek, more employers are seeking CISA, CISM and CISSP certification holders than there are credential holders, which makes these credentials a welcome addition to any certification portfolio.

Absent from our list of the top five is SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC). Although this certification is still a very worthy credential, the job board numbers for CISA were so solid that it merited a spot in the top five. Farther down in this guide, we offer some additional certification options because the field of information security is both wide and varied.

1. CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker

The CEH (ANSI) certification is an intermediate-level credential offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council). It’s a must-have for IT professionals who are pursuing careers in white hat hacking and certifies their competence in the five phases of ethical hacking: reconnaissance, enumeration, gaining of access, access maintenance and track covering. 

CEH credential holders possess skills and knowledge of hacking practices in areas such as footprinting and reconnaissance, network scanning, enumeration, system hacking, Trojans, worms and viruses, sniffers, denial-of-service attacks, social engineering, session hijacking, web server hacking, wireless networks and web applications, SQL injection, cryptography, penetration testing, IDS evasion, firewalls and honeypots. CEH V11 provides a remapping of the course to the NIST/NICE framework’s Protect and Defend (PR) job role category, as well as an additional focus on emerging threats in cloud, OT and IT security, such as fileless malware.

To obtain a CEH (ANSI) certification, candidates must pass one exam. A comprehensive five-day CEH training course is recommended, with the test presented at the course’s conclusion. Candidates may self-study for the test but must submit documentation of at least two years of work experience in information security with employer verification. Self-study candidates must also pay an additional $100 application fee. Education may be substituted for experience, but this is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Candidates who complete any EC-Council-approved training (including with the iClass platform, academic institutions or an accredited training center) do not need to submit an application prior to attempting the exam.

Because technology in the field of hacking changes almost daily, CEH credential holders are required to obtain 120 continuing-education credits for each three-year cycle.

Once a candidate obtains the CEH (ANSI) designation, a logical progression on the EC-Council certification ladder is the CEH (Practical) credential. The CEH (Practical) designation targets the application of CEH skills to real-world security audit challenges and related scenarios. To obtain the credential, candidates must pass a rigorous six-hour practical examination. Conducted on live virtual machines, candidates are presented 20 scenarios with questions designed to validate a candidate’s ability to perform tasks such as vulnerability analysis, identification of threat vectors, web app and system hacking, OS detection, network scanning, packet sniffing, steganography and virus identification. Candidates who pass both the CEH (ANSI) and the CEH (Practical) exams earn the CEH (Master) designation.

CEH facts and figures

Certification name Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (ANSI)
Prerequisites and required courses Training is highly recommended. Without formal training, candidates must have at least two years of information security-related experience and an educational background in information security, pay a nonrefundable eligibility application fee of $100 and submit an test eligibility form before purchasing an test voucher.
Number of exams One: 312-50 (ECC Exam)/312-50 (VUE) (125 multiple-choice questions, four hours)
Cost of exam $950 (ECC test voucher) Note: An ECC test voucher allows candidates to test via computer at a location of their choice. Pearson VUE test vouchers allow candidates to test in a Pearson VUE facility and cost $1,199.
URL https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh
Self-study materials EC-Council instructor-led courses, computer-based training, online courses and more are available at ECCouncil.org. A CEH skills assessment is also available for credential seekers. Additionally, Udemy offers CEH practice exams. CEH-approved educational materials are available for $850 from EC-Council.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training

While EC-Council offers both instructor-led and online training for its CEH certification, IT professionals have plenty of other options for self-study materials, including video training, practice exams and books.

Pluralsight currently offers an ethical-hacking learning path geared toward the 312-50 exam. With a monthly subscription, you get access to all of these courses, plus everything else in Pluralsight’s training library. Through Pluralsight’s learning path, students can prepare for all of the domains covered in the CEH exam.  

CyberVista offers a practice test for the CEH 312-50 certification that includes several sets of exam-like questions, custom quizzes, flash cards and more. An test prep subscription for 180 days costs $149 and gives candidates access to online study materials, as well as the ability to download the materials for offline study. Backed by its “pass guarantee,” CyberVista is so confident its practice test will prepare you for the CEH test that the company will refund its VCE test costs if you don’t pass.

Did you know?FYI: Besides certifications in information security and cybersecurity, the best IT certifications cover areas such as disaster recovery, virtualization and telecommunications.

2. CISM: Certified Information Security Manager

The CISM certification is a top credential for IT professionals who are responsible for managing, developing and overseeing information security systems in enterprise-level applications or for developing organizational security best practices. The CISM credential was introduced to security professionals in 2003 by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

ISACA’s organizational goals are specifically geared toward IT professionals who are interested in the highest-quality standards with respect to the auditing, control and security of information systems. The CISM credential targets the needs of IT security professionals with enterprise-level security management responsibilities. Credential holders possess advanced and proven skills in security risk management, program development and management, governance, and incident management and response.

Holders of the CISM credential, which is designed for experienced security professionals, must agree to ISACA’s code of ethics, pass a comprehensive examination, possess at least five years of experience in information security management, comply with the organization’s continuing education policy and submit a written application. Some combinations of education and experience may be substituted for the full experience requirement.

The CISM credential is valid for three years, and credential holders must pay an annual maintenance fee of $45 (ISACA members) or $85 (nonmembers). Credential holders are also required to obtain a minimum of 120 continuing professional education (CPE) credits over the three-year term to maintain the credential. At least 20 CPE credits must be earned every year.

CISM facts and figures

Certification name

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Prerequisites and required courses

To obtain the CISM credential, candidates must do the following:

  1. Pass the CISM exam.
  2. Agree to the ISACA code of professional ethics.
  3. Adhere to ISACA’s CPE policy
  4. Possess a minimum of five years of information security work experience in described job practice analysis areas. Experience must be verifiable and obtained in the 10-year period prior to the application date or within five years of test passage. There are some exceptions to this requirement depending on the current credentials held.
  5. Apply for CISM certification. (The processing fee is $50.) The credential must be obtained within five years of test passage.

Number of exams

One: 150 questions, four hours

Cost of exam

Exam fees: $575 (members), $760 (nonmembers)

Exam fees are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

URL

https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/cism

Self-study materials

Training and study materials in various languages, information on job practice areas, primary references, publications, articles, the ISACA Journal, review courses, an test prep community, terminology lists, a glossary and more are available at ISACA.org. Additionally, Udemy offers comprehensive training for the certification exam.

Other ISACA certification program elements

In addition to CISM, ISACA offers numerous certifications for those interested in information security and best practices. Other credentials worth considering include the following:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

The CISA designation was created for professionals working with information systems auditing, control or security and is popular enough with employers to earn it a place on the leaderboard. The CGEIT credential targets IT professionals working in enterprise IT management, governance, strategic alignment, value delivery, and risk and resource performance management. IT professionals who are seeking careers in all aspects of risk management will find that the CRISC credential nicely meets their needs.

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) training

Pluralsight offers a CISM learning path containing five courses and 17 hours of instruction. The courses cover the domains addressed in the exam, but the learning path is aimed at the CISM job practice areas. 

CyberVista offers a CISM online training course in both live and on-demand formats. The course includes more than 16 hours of training videos, supplementary lessons, custom quizzes, practice test questions and access to experts through the instructor. As with other CyberVista courses, the CISM training course comes with a “pass guarantee.” 

Did you know?Did you know?: According to CyberSeek, there are enough workers to fill only 68% of the cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. A cybersecurity certification is an important way to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to succeed in these job roles.

3. CompTIA Security+

CompTIA’s Security+ is a well-respected, vendor-neutral security certification. Security+ credential holders are recognized as possessing superior technical skills, broad knowledge and expertise in multiple security-related disciplines.

Although Security+ is an entry-level certification, the ideal candidates possess at least two years of experience working in network security and should consider first obtaining the Network+ certification. IT pros who obtain this certification have expertise in areas such as threat management, cryptography, identity management, security systems, security risk identification and mitigation, network access control, and security infrastructure. The CompTIA Security+ credential is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to meet Directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. In addition, the Security+ credential complies with the standards for ISO 17024.

The Security+ credential requires a single exam, currently priced at $381. (Discounts may apply to employees of CompTIA member companies and full-time students.) Training is available but not required.

IT professionals who earned the Security+ certification prior to Jan. 1, 2011, remain certified for life. Those who certify after that date must renew the certification every three years to stay current. To renew, candidates must obtain 50 continuing-education units (CEUs) or complete the CertMaster CE online course prior to the expiration of the three-year period. CEUs can be obtained by engaging in activities such as teaching, blogging, publishing articles or whitepapers, and participating in professional conferences and similar activities.

CompTIA Security+ facts and figures

Certification name

CompTIA Security+

Prerequisites and required courses

None. CompTIA recommends at least two years of experience in IT administration (with a security focus) and the Network+ credential before the Security+ exam. Udemy offers a complete and comprehensive course for the certification.

Number of exams

One: SY0-601 (maximum of 90 questions, 90 minutes to complete; 750 on a scale of 100-900 required to pass)

Cost of exam

$381 (discounts may apply; search for “SY0-601 voucher”)

URL

https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/security

Self-study materials

Exam objectives, trial questions, the CertMaster online training tool, training kits, computer-based training and a comprehensive study guide are available at CompTIA.org.

CompTIA Security+ training

You’ll find several companies offering online training, instructor-led and self-study courses, practice exams and books to help you prepare for and pass the Security+ exam.

Pluralsight offers a Security+ learning path as a part of its monthly subscription plan for the latest SY0-601 exam. Split into six sections, the training series is more than 24 hours long and covers attacks, threats and vulnerabilities; architecture and design; implementation of secure solutions; operations and incident response; and governance, risk and compliance.

CyberVista offers a Security+ practice test so you can test your security knowledge before attempting the SY0-601 exam. The test comes with a 180-day access period and includes multiple sets of test questions, key concept flash cards, access to InstructorLink experts, a performance tracker and more. As with CyberVista’s other offerings, this practice test comes with a “pass guarantee.”

4. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP is an advanced-level certification for IT pros who are serious about careers in information security. Offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, known as (ISC)2 (pronounced “ISC squared”), this vendor-neutral credential is recognized worldwide for its standards of excellence.

CISSP credential holders are decision-makers who possess the expert knowledge and technical skills necessary to develop, guide and manage security standards, policies and procedures within their organizations. The CISSP certification continues to be highly sought after by IT professionals and is well recognized by IT organizations. It is a regular fixture on most-wanted and must-have security certification surveys.

CISSP is designed for experienced security professionals. A minimum of five years of experience in at least two of (ISC)2’s eight common body of knowledge (CBK) domains, or four years of experience in at least two of (ISC)2’s CBK domains and a college degree or an approved credential, is required for this certification. The CBK domains are security and risk management, asset security, security architecture and engineering, communications and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations, and software development security.

(ISC)2 also offers three CISSP concentrations targeting specific areas of interest in IT security:

  • Architecture (CISSP-ISSAP)
  • Engineering (CISSP-ISSEP)
  • Management (CISSP-ISSMP)

Each CISSP concentration test is $599, and credential seekers must currently possess a valid CISSP.

An annual fee of $125 is required to maintain the CISSP credential. Recertification is required every three years. To recertify, candidates must earn 40 CPE credits each year, for a total of 120 CPE credits within the three-year cycle.

CISSP facts and figures 

Certification name

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 

Optional CISSP concentrations:  

  • CISSP Architecture (CISSP-ISSAP)
  • CISSP Engineering (CISSP-ISSEP)
  • CISSP Management (CISSP-ISSMP)

Prerequisites and required courses

At least five years of paid, full-time experience in at least two of the eight (ISC)2 domains or four years of paid, full-time experience in at least two of the eight (ISC)2 domains and a college degree or an approved credential are required. Candidates must also do the following:

  • Agree to the (ISC)2 code of ethics.
  • Submit the CISSP application.
  • Complete the endorsement process.

Number of exams

One for CISSP (English CAT exam: 100-150 questions, three hours to complete; non-English exam: 250 questions, six hours) 

One for each concentration area

Cost of exam

CISSP is $749; each CISSP concentration is $599.

URL

https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CISSP

Self-study materials

Training materials include instructor-led, live online, on-demand and private training. There is an test outline available for review, as well as study guides, a study app, interactive flash cards and practice tests.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) training

Given the popularity of the CISSP certification, there is no shortage of available training options. These include classroom-based training offered by (ISC)2, as well as online video courses, practice exams and books from third-party companies.

Pluralsight’s CISSP learning path includes 12 courses and 25 hours of e-learning covering the security concepts required for the certification exam. Available for a low monthly fee, the CISSP courses are part of a subscription plan that gives IT professionals access to Pluralsight’s complete library of video training courses.

When you’re ready to test your security knowledge, you can take a simulated test that mimics the format and content of the real CISSP exam. Udemy offers CISSP practice exams to help you prepare for this challenging exam.

5. CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor

ISACA’s globally recognized CISA certification is the gold standard for IT workers seeking to practice in information security, audit control and assurance. Ideal candidates can identify and assess organizational threats and vulnerabilities, assess compliance, and provide guidance and organizational security controls. CISA-certified professionals demonstrate knowledge and skill across the CISA job practice areas of auditing, governance and management, acquisition, development and implementation, maintenance and service management, and asset protection.

To earn the CISA certification, candidates must pass one exam, submit an application, agree to the code of professional ethics, agree to the CPE requirements and agree to the organization’s information systems auditing standards. In addition, candidates must possess at least five years of experience working with information systems. Some substitutions for education and experience with auditing are permitted.

To maintain the CISA certification, candidates must earn 120 CPE credits over a three-year period, with a minimum of 20 CPE credits earned annually. Candidates must also pay an annual maintenance fee ($45 for members; $85 for nonmembers).

CISA facts and figures

Certification name

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Prerequisites and required courses

To obtain the CISA credential, candidates must do the following:

  1. Pass the CISA exam.
  2. Agree to the ISACA code of professional ethics.
  3. Adhere to ISACA’s CPE policy.
  4. Agree to the information auditing standards.
  5. Possess a minimum of five years of information systems auditing, control or security work in described job practice analysis areas. Experience must be verifiable and obtained in the 10-year period prior to the application date or within five years after the test is passed. There are some exceptions to this requirement depending on the current credentials held.
  6. Apply for CISA certification. (The processing fee is $50.) The credential must be obtained within five years of test passage.

Number of exams

One: 150 questions, four hours

Cost of exam

$575 (members); $760 (nonmembers)

URL

https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/cisa

Self-study materials

ISACA offers a variety of training options, including virtual instructor-led courses, online and on-demand training, review manuals and question databases. Numerous books and self-study materials are also available on Amazon.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) training

Training opportunities for the CISA certification are plentiful. Udemy offers more than 160 CISA-related courses, lectures, practice exams, question sets and more. On Pluralsight, you’ll find 12 courses with 27 hours of information systems auditor training covering all CISA job practice domains for the CISA job practice areas.

Beyond the top 5: More cybersecurity certifications

In addition to these must-have credentials, many other certifications are available to fit the career needs of any IT professional interested in information security. Business owners should consider employing workers with these credentials as well.

  • The SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) certification remains an excellent entry-level credential for IT professionals seeking to demonstrate that they not only understand information security terminology and concepts but also possess the skills and technical expertise necessary to occupy “hands-on” security roles.
  • If you find incident response and investigation intriguing, check out the Logical Operations CyberSec First Responder (CFR) certification. This ANSI-accredited and U.S. DoD-8570-compliant credential recognizes security professionals who can design secure IT environments, perform threat analysis, and respond appropriately and effectively to cyberattacks. Logical Operations also offers other certifications, including Master Mobile Application Developer (MMAD), Certified Virtualization Professional (CVP), Cyber Secure Coder and CloudMASTER.
  • The associate-level Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate certification is aimed at analysts in security operations centers at large companies and organizations. Candidates who qualify through Cisco’s global scholarship program may receive free training, mentoring and testing to help them achieve a range of entry-level to expert certifications that the company offers. CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), which launched in 2017, is a vendor-neutral certification designed for professionals with three to four years of security and behavioral analytics experience.
  • The Identity Management Institute offers several credentials for identity and access management, data protection, identity protection, identity governance and more. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), which focuses on privacy, has a small but growing number of certifications as well.
  • The SECO-Institute, in cooperation with the Security Academy Netherlands and APMG, is behind the Cyber Security & Governance Certification Program; SECO-Institute certifications aren’t well known in the United States, but their popularity is growing. 
  • It also may be worth your time to browse the Chartered Institute of Information Security accreditations, the U.K. equivalent of the U.S. DoD 8570 certifications and the corresponding 8140 framework.

Also, consider these five entry-level cybersecurity certifications for more options.

TipTip: Before you decide to purchase training for a certification or an test voucher, see if your employer will cover the cost. Employers may cover all or part of the cost if you have a continuing education or training allowance, or if the certification is in line with your current or potential job duties.

Information security and cybersecurity jobs

According to CyberSeek, the number of cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. stands at almost 598,000, with about 1.05 million cybersecurity professionals employed in today’s workforce. Projections continue to be robust: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 33% growth in information security analyst positions between 2020 and 2030; in comparison, the average rate of growth for all occupations is about 8%.

Security-related job roles include information security specialist, security analyst, network security administrator, system administrator (with security as a responsibility) and security engineer, as well as specialized roles, like malware engineer, intrusion analyst and penetration tester.

Average salaries for information security certified and security engineers – two of the most common job roles – vary depending on the source. For example, SimplyHired reports about $74,000 for specialist positions, whereas Glassdoor‘s national average is about $108,000. For security engineers, SimplyHired reports almost $112,000, while Glassdoor’s average is more than $111,000, with salaries on the high end reported at $261,000. Note that these numbers frequently change as the sources regularly update their data. [Meet the man who kept Microsoft safe and secure for more than a decade.]

Our informal job board survey from April 2022 reports the number of job posts nationwide in which our featured certifications were mentioned on a given day. This should supply you an idea of the relative popularity of each certification.

Job board search results (in alphabetical order by cybersecurity certification)

Certification

SimplyHired

Indeed

LinkedIn Jobs

TechCareers

Total

CEH (EC-Council)

1,989

3,907

7,952

2,829

16,677

CISA (ISACA)

5,389

12,507

20,573

4,701

43,170

CISM (ISACA)

3,467

6,656

14,503

4,072

28,698

CISSP [(ISC)2]

11,472

23,463

34,716

11,060

80,711

Security+ (CompTIA)

5,953

6,680

5,998

1,851

20,482

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The importance of hiring information security and cybersecurity professionals

According to Risk Based Security‘s 2021 Year End Data Breach Quickview Report, there were 4,145 publicly disclosed breaches throughout 2021, containing over 22 billion records. This is the second-highest number of breached records, after an all-time high the year before. The U.S. was particularly affected, with the number of breaches increasing 10% compared with the previous year. More than 80% of the records exposed throughout 2021 were due to human error, highlighting an ever-increasing need for cybersecurity education, as well as for highly skilled and trained cybersecurity professionals. [Learn how to recover from a data breach.]

If you’re serious about advancing your career in the IT field and are interested in specializing in security, certification is a great choice. It’s an effective way to validate your skills and show a current or prospective employer that you’re qualified and properly trained. If you’re a business owner, hiring certified professionals and skilled IT managers can help prevent cyberattacks and provide confidence that your company’s security is in the right hands. In the meantime, review our quick cybersecurity tips to Strengthen your company’s protection.

Jeremy Bender contributed to the writing and research in this article.

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Killexams : “Low-quality candidate”: Expert says election data shows it was GOP voters who sunk Herschel Walker

Runoff elections tend to be races of attrition. Turnout will most likely be lower, as voters are less accustomed to turning out for off-cycle elections. Candidates, then, must try to minimize attrition among their supporters, and the one with the least erosion is most likely to win.

Such was the case in Georgia on Dec. 6, 2022. Fewer people voted for either candidate in the runoff: Sen. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent, saw the number of people who turned out to vote for him drop by about 131,000 from the November vote; Republican Herschel Walker lost closer to 200,000 voters. This would explain how Warnock was able to grow his lead in the runoff.

On turnouts and turnoffs

Overall, voter turnout in the Georgia Senate runoff election was nearly 90% of the turnout in the November general election. That's not a huge drop-off and reflects voter interest in the outcome of a race that has been the subject of intense mobilization campaigns by both candidates in the past month.

When looking at the 10 counties with the highest proportional attrition from November to December – that is, counties where runoff turnout was only 83% to 88.1% of general election turnout – one thing stands out: They were all in metro and exurban Atlanta or north Georgia, the counties close to Tennessee and the South Carolina state line near I-85.

While some of these counties are Republican strongholds, many of them are increasingly diverse racially. Some of these counties are also rich with the college-educated white voters whom both parties covet.

Warnock earned a higher percentage of the vote in the runoff compared with November in each of these "high-attrition" counties. Walker, however, lost vote share in three of these counties.

Furthermore, in the seven high-attrition counties where both Warnock and Walker got a larger percentage of the vote than they did in November, Warnock garnered more vote share in all but the three most sparsely populated counties.

This suggests that Warnock may have won the majority of the eliminated Libertarian candidate's votes that were up for grabs in the runoff.

There was also a nontrivial number of new runoff voters – people who voted in the runoff but not in November. We know that almost 78,000 of these new voters participated in early voting, and that this group was disproportionately voters of color – people who tend to vote Democratic.

Warnock overperformed in the most densely populated counties, too. My analysis shows that in the 10 counties that cast the most ballots in this election cycle, Warnock improved his vote share in the runoff by a range of 1 to 3.2 percentage points in each county. Walker, meanwhile, lost vote share in six of the 10 counties.

There was only one county of the top 10 – Hall County – where Walker's increase in vote share outpaced Warnock's increase. With the exception of Chatham County, home of Savannah, all of the vote-rich counties where Warnock gained and Walker tended to lose vote share are in metro or exurban Atlanta.

Deficiencies as a candidate

This raises the necessary but uncomfortable conversation about candidate quality. Pundits and observers had long been concerned that Walker's deficiencies as a candidate would be a particular turnoff to suburban Republican voters, and that they might register their opposition by not voting at all. That more attrition took place in and around Atlanta suggests that there were grounds for that concern.

Walker was particularly compromised as a candidate. By standard political science measures of candidate quality – such as whether a candidate has relevant prior experience – Walker was a low-quality candidate.

His unintelligible policy pronouncements and bizarre non sequiturs about bulls and werewolves only reinforced the impression among some voters that he was not capable of handling the job of U.S. senator.

And when you compound those problems with the explosive allegations about domestic violence and pressuring girlfriends to get abortions, it looks like a small but significant sliver of likely Republican voters decided to prioritize their concerns about candidate quality over naked partisanship.

Meanwhile, Warnock has nearly two years of Senate experience and was able to draw on a modicum of incumbency advantage to help him in the contest. This was certainly reflected in his prodigious fundraising over the course of this cycle.

Yet Warnock was one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in this midterm election cycle for a reason. Georgia Democrats may be increasing in number and voting power, but other recent elections suggest there are still more Republican than Democratic voters in the state. Other GOP nominees in the state, such as Gov. Brian Kemp, were able to coast on that numerical advantage and Joe Biden's net negative favorability to win decisive victories in November – without runoffs.

That Walker struggled was a signal of his weaknesses as a candidate. But many of his weaknesses and his lack of experience were known going into the primaries. That should have been enough for Republican leaders to challenge Donald Trump's insistence that Walker was the best candidate to run against Warnock.

In the future, the Republican Party might think twice about selecting a candidate based on a party leader's whim and not experience, substance or a demonstration of electability. If there is one lesson we can take from the 2022 Georgia Senate election, it is that candidate quality matters.

Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor, Political Science, Emory University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Thu, 08 Dec 2022 05:30:00 -0600 en text/html https://www.salon.com/2022/12/08/low-quality-candidate-expert-says-data-shows-it-was-sunk-herschel-walker_partner/
Killexams : Herschel Walker's son says his dad wasn't a 'quality candidate' and often sounded like he was doing a book report on a book he hadn't read
  • Herschel Walker's influencer son castigated his father's Senate campaign following his Tuesday loss.
  • Christian Walker told Buzzfeed on Wednesday that his father ran a "dumb" campaign.
  • He also rejected suggestions that his criticism contributed to his father's loss.

Herschel Walker's outspoken son unleashed a storm of criticism against his father this week following the conclusion of the former athlete's failed Senate campaign, comparing the Republican candidate to an unprepared student.

"I felt like oftentimes he sounded like a kid who was giving a book report presentation and didn't read the book, like he didn't feel like he was properly studying," Christian Walker, 23, told Buzzfeed on Wednesday.

The younger Walker's sit-down interview with the outlet came just hours after Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated his father in Georgia's Senate runoff election on Tuesday night. Herschel Walker's campaign attempted to fend off mounting controversy in recent months, including allegations that he paid for two women to have abortions despite his stringent stance against abortion access. 

"There is no quality as a candidate," Christian Walker said of his father. "He doesn't know what he's talking about. His past is insane. There was no quality there. It was ridiculous."

The young right-wing influencer had previously addressed his father's unorthodox campaign, castigating the former NFL player in a series of tweets and videos earlier this fall after The Daily Beast reported the abortion allegations.

"I don't care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you're some 'moral, Christian, upright man.' You've lived a life of DESTROYING other people's lives. How dare you," he tweeted in early October. 

Christian Walker told Buzzfeed that he begged his father not to run for political office, citing his checkered past, which includes his own mother's allegations that Herschel was violent toward her and recent allegations that he fathered "secret" children.

"Please do not do this to us and please don't do this yourself," Christian Walker said he told his father ahead of the campaign. "It's a nasty thing. You have a good reputation. Nobody really knows about your past."

Herschel Walker repeatedly denied both the abortion and secret children allegations on the trail. A spokesperson for his Senate campaign did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

The Wednesday Buzzfeed article followed Christian Walker's own social media comments on his father's loss. The younger Walker tweeted Tuesday that former President Donald Trump repeatedly called his father "demanding" that he run in the runoff race, even though "everyone with a brain" begged him not to.

Christian Walker also rejected suggestions that his comments throughout the campaign contributed to his father's loss.

"Did I supply any new information? Literally, I did not. I said nothing new. We all already knew all of the scandals," Christian Walker said. "So no, they blew the campaign up by running a dumb campaign. I did nothing."

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Killexams : Pulcer: Candidate quality

The buzzword from the 2020 general election was “election fraud” along with the hashtag #StopTheSteal. Never mind the stealing started after the election. Donald Trump raised $250 million for an “election defense fund” that didn’t exist. The money was funneled into Trump’s business properties and his “Save America” PAC.

The buzzword from the 2022 midterm election was “candidate quality,” coined by Sen. Mitch McConnell, in regard to Trump-endorsed candidates like Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, Tudor Dixon, Blake Masters, etc. Trump didn’t follow through and share funds with these campaigns. Later, the Super PAC affiliated with McConnell spent millions trying to prop up several of these campaigns of questionable quality.

Those who perpetrated the Big Lie about “widespread election fraud” only really seemed to care about swing states. That my home state of Michigan would switch parties yet again and vote for Joe Biden in 2020, is not surprising to me. Biden helped with the auto bailout after the Great Recession.

Of course, swing states are where the Electoral College hinged upon. But if there was “widespread” fraud as Trumplicans claimed, there should have been uproar about more states.

Vermont is not a swing state. Vermont’s three Electoral College votes weren’t enough for Trump, Giuliani and Bannon to focus on, assuming again there was “widespread” election fraud, as they claimed.

You can’t convince everyone. But since “politics is local,” I will direct the following to Vermonters. That includes Jan. 6 bus riders and defenders, “Let’s Go Brandon” chanters, QAnon followers and election-result denying politicians.

Vermont is a blue state on the Electoral College map. Rutland Town bucks that statewide trend as a conservative town. Rutland Town has had Republican state House representatives since 1997.

Rutland Town has long had one House representative. After the 2020 Census redistricting Rutland Town was sliced into two parts and annexed to neighboring municipalities. The following election results are from the district formerly known as Rutland-4 (Rutland Town in full).

In 2016 and 2020, Republican Phil Scott won the governor’s race and Donald Trump lost the presidential race in Vermont.

In 2016, Phil Scott received 52.9% of the vote statewide and became governor. In Rutland Town, Scott received 65.47% of the vote, over 12 points more than the statewide percentage.

In 2020, Phil Scott received 68.5% of the vote statewide for governor. In Rutland Town, Scott received 78.14% of the vote, almost 10 points more than the statewide percentage.

This jives with the perception Rutland Town is one of Vermont’s more Republican towns.

In 2016, Donald Trump received 30.3% of the presidential vote statewide. He also lost the national popular vote, but ultimately won via the Electoral College. In Rutland Town, Trump received 42.41% of the vote, over 12 points more than the statewide percentage. Even in conservative Rutland Town, Hillary Clinton received more votes: 45.86%.

In 2020, Donald Trump received 30.7% of the presidential vote statewide. That time, he did not win the Electoral College and Joe Biden became president. In Rutland Town, Trump received 41.21% of the vote; 1.2% lower than his 2016 percentage. In Republican Rutland Town, Joe Biden received more votes: 54.48%.

Did Donald Trump lose in Rutland Town because of “election fraud?” I didn’t hear any such claims. Did Trump lose in Rutland Town because of an influx of COVID refugees? I don’t think so.

Mitch McConnell was correct in 2022 about “candidate quality.” Perhaps “candidate quality” was also a factor in 2020. Some voters may have tried the new gold-plated candidate in 2016, but later had buyer’s remorse.

Gov. Phil Scott was reelected in 2020 partly because of his leadership during the pandemic. In 2022, Scott handily won again in a blue state when nationally the “Republican Red Wave” never materialized.

Scott could not have been reelected for a fourth term with 69.24% of the vote, without some votes from independents and moderate Democrats. Scott wisely voiced his opposition to Trump during 2016 and backed John Kasich. For that, he was criticized as a Never-Trumper by some Vermont Republicans.

Voters do consider “candidate quality.” But this has been true long before McConnell mentioned it. Voters sometimes split their votes. If Republicans want to win, I’d suggest more Phil Scotts and fewer Tudor Dixons. Some may question why I’m still focusing on the 2020 election. Trump just announced he’s going to run for 2024. It isn’t just that some Vermonters attended the Jan. 6 rally. It’s that they questioned Michigan’s election result without first looking at Rutland Town’s votes and asking why Donald Trump did not win in one of Vermont’s most conservative towns. They didn’t make election fraud claims about Rutland Town. But they were willing to go along with attempts to disenfranchise Michigan voters in Wayne County, which includes Detroit.

Donald Trump has never won the popular vote. I predict the trend will continue: Trump will again lose the popular vote in 2024. Trump will lose again in Rutland Town.

Perhaps Republicans should instead try to nominate a presidential candidate who can actually win in Rutland Town, and stop the Big Lying.

Ron Pulcer lives in Rutland Town.

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:05:00 -0600 en text/html https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/commentary/pulcer-candidate-quality/article_52088641-ad30-5c3d-a391-8a976e745282.html
Killexams : Joy Reid: "Low Quality" Candidate Herschel Walker An Insult To Black People, He Used The Word "Coon" As A Compliment No result found, try new keyword!MSNBC host Joy Reid on Tuesday said Herschel Walker can't put a sentence together and called it an "insult to black people" for Republicans to run such a "low quality" candidate. "Herschel Walker ... Mon, 05 Dec 2022 10:00:00 -0600 text/html https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2022/12/06/joy_reid_low_quality_candidate_herschel_walker_an_insult_to_black_people.html?_escaped_fragment_= Killexams : Quality assurance staff at Microsoft's ZeniMax Media are moving toward unionizing

Microsoft bought the publisher in 2020 for $7.5 billion.

Microsoft’s pledge to stay neutral in unionization efforts is about to be tested in a big way. On Monday, quality assurance staff at ZeniMax Media went public with the news that they’re working to form a union. The approximately 300 workers involved in the effort want to be represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). That’s the same union that recently helped QA staff at Raven Software and Blizzard Albany win their organization bids.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to Engadget’s comment request. A company spokesperson told The New York Times Microsoft was “committed to providing employees with an opportunity to freely and fairly make choices about their workplace representation,” adding the campaign was “an example of our labor principles in action.”

ZeniMax Media is the parent company of some of Microsoft’s most prized first-party studios, including Arkane, Bethesda and id Software. Microsoft paid $7.5 billion in an all-cash deal to acquire the publisher in 2020. A successful unionization bid would affect all the studios under the ZeniMax umbrella.

According to The Times, QA staff at ZeniMax began voting on unionization on December 2nd, the same day testers at Blizzard Albany voted 14 to 0 to join the CWA. Staff at the Microsoft subsidiary can share their stance on the matter by signing a union authorization card or by voting through an electronic portal. A decision is expected before the end of the month.

In June, Microsoft announced it would respect all unionization efforts at Activision Blizzard following the close of its $68.7 billion deal to buy the publisher. At the time, the company signed a landmark neutrality agreement with the Communications Workers of America. Antitrust regulators in the UK and EU are currently conducting investigations of Microsoft’s bid to buy Activision Blizzard.

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