IT certifications are highly demanding, especially if you are starting your career, or switching your job. Every professional reaps benefits from IT certification and the payoffs may come in the form of increased salary,  better job, added confidence, or additional skills to perform your current functions more effectively. Here we have brought a list of 5 trending IT certifications for 2019:

5 trending IT certifications for 2019

1. Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT): CGEIT certification is offered by ISACA. It is designed for those who manage, advise, or provide assurance services around enterprise IT governance. Due to the demand for professionals with these skills and the small supply of those who have them, CGEIT is the highest-paying certifications on the list these days.

2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate: The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate-level exam is offered by Amazon. This certification is proof of an individual’s expertise in designing and deploying scalable systems on AWS. It is included in the top 5 certification for this year due to the market need for skilled and certified AWS solutions architects. This certification is in demand for several years showing the popularity and growth in cloud technology.

3. Project Management Professional (PMP): PMP was created and is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It is the most recognized project management certification. This certification ensures skills and knowledge required for project managers to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close the project. It is important to mention that a new version of PMP with updated exam objectives will be released on March 26 this year.

4. AWS Certified Developer – Associate: New and important on the list for 2019 is the AWS Certified Developer – Associate certification. It validates skills in developing and maintaining applications on AWS, as opposed to designing the solution with the Solutions Architect certification. Earning this certification is the proof of ability to efficiently use AWS SDKs to interact with services from within applications and write code that optimizes AWS application performance.

5. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): This certification is offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². As a vendor-neutral credential, CISSP is designed to validate expertise in computer security, including security and risk management, communications and network security, software development security, asset security, security architecture and engineering, and much more.

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Aldwin Baranda has 15+ years of work experience as Service Engineer and Support Specialist. He is currently working as Global Compliance Monitoring Analyst at Citibank. He has skills in troubleshooting, IT service management, technical support, and more. Recently he reviewed our CISSP 2018 course. Check out what he says:

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uCertify is one of the best e-learning platforms to prepare for the IT certification exams. I had a very good experience while preparing for CISSP certification and I also completed uCertify course and labs completing it successfully.  

While performing the labs I had come across many interactive features that I haven’t found on other e-learning platforms. These features help to gain hands-on learning experience on exam topics. All I can say is that this is the best place to escalate your career goals into reality.

Apart from all above, there are a lot of other resources I came across like readiness score of the course that will help you to know how well are you prepared, the percentage of completion of the course, etc. I would suggest you all to for uCertify courses if you are planning to be CISSP certified in future.

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Cisco certifications provide industry-recognized credentials for network and system admins. Throughout the certification exam prep, candidates develop an understanding of IT networking and how different network topologies interact to form a secure and efficient network. The certification exam validates the skills to use the top-notch networking and business communications devices from Cisco Systems.

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Average Salary: Cisco certification is among the highest paid IT certifications. Higher level in Cisco certification signifies higher salary. The Cisco certification program price is reasonable when compared to other certifications and the related career prospects. Following are the average salary range for a Cisco certified:

Expert: USD 120,000

Professional: USD 98,000

Entry & Associate: USD 71,000

Career Growth: Some organizations (mainly Cisco partners) favor to hire Cisco certified professionals as compared to non-certified professionals. As per the data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of network and computer system administrators is expected to grow by 28% from 2010 to 2020.

Time Required: The time required to obtain a Cisco certification depends on the factors such as time given by candidates for the certification exam prep, type of the training program candidates select, and the amount of experience candidates have in that area. Still, the amount of time it takes to be a Cisco certified is less than most college degree programs while offering a career potential. Following are the average time required to obtain a Cisco certification:

Expert: 6 Months

Professional: 12 Months

Entry & Associate: 18 Months
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Sou Mizobuchi is an experienced Information Technology Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in Development, Data Analytics, and Leadership. He is currently working as JavaScript Developer in WESEEK. He recently reviewed uCertify CIW: JavaScript Specialist v2.0 Course. Let us see what he says:

Sou Mizobuchi's Review on uCertify CIW JavaScript Specialist v2.0 Course

I admit that it was a good read and I learned a lot. The course covers broad topics of JavaScript from very basic to advanced APIs, and the content was up-to-date with the industry standard. Labs are provided in each chapter to internalize newly-learned skills which help people like me who learn by doing.

CIW: JavaScript Specialist v2.0 not only covers the syntax of JavaScript but also use cases, debugging, security, and off course XMLHttpRequest. If I had taken this course a year ago when I first started with JavaScript, I would have learned it more effectively.

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Dennis Leprozo's review on HTML, CSS & Javascript Web Publishing course.

uCertify offers a huge selection of online courses for beginners, masters and intermediate like me. The course prepares you to publish your own website using new tools and guided technical details. It will help you create an interactive web page from scratch until hosting with search engine optimization and mobile responsiveness. This is a good book for computer enthusiasts who want to have a career change in web development. I had so much fun learning with uCertify.

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ISACA CISA Course Review

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These days, it’s no longer possible to deny the role your employees have in keeping your data – and your business – safe. Cybersecurity training programs are now more critical than ever. With that in mind, though, you need to ensure your own training isn’t missing the mark. Let’s talk about that.


Cybersecurity training is critical, now more than ever. You’re doubtless already aware of that – you probably even have a program in place to teach your staff the basics. And that program is probably missing quite a bit.

Fact is, most businesses seem to focus solely on the informational side of cybersecurity training. But if you want your training to be effective – if you want it to resonate with your workers – you need to take things further. You need to focus on what your training – on what most training – is missing.

An Understanding of Social Engineering

Phishing is one of the most common cyber attack tactics for a reason – it works. It doesn’t take much for even a well-informed person to fall victim to a phishing email, either. Stress-based carelessness and simple fatigue impact us all at one point or another.

Security awareness education and training simply aren’t enough to mitigate this threat. Sure, teaching people about some of the common tactics used by scammers can help them better recognize the signs that they’re being targeted. But at the same time, it won’t address the incaution that ultimately makes phishing successful.

Instead of solely focusing on information, your training should also focus on mindfulness – on teaching your workers to think differently and be more cautious in how they conduct themselves. This need not apply just to cybersecurity, either. Framing your exercises as a way your staff can further enrich their personal lives can go a long way towards helping them embrace it.

A Focus On Emerging Threats

The cybersecurity market is in constant flux. Every day, new threats emerge, new tactics by which hackers may attempt to compromise your organization. It’s your job to stay abreast of these threats – to pay attention to security researchers and media releases so you can better stay on top of things.

But how exactly does any of this apply to employee training programs?

Whenever a major breach occurs or a major vulnerability is revealed, discuss with your team how the target may have done things better. Keep your training material up to date with lessons that may be gleaned from those breaches.

User Engagement

Last but certainly not least, you need to make your training something employees will actually want to bother with. Establish why your training program is important – why your workers should pay attention to it. Be transparent about why security matters, and about their agency and role in keeping your business safe.

Beyond that, your goal should be to make them actually feel motivated to engage with whatever programs you’ve implemented. Create an interesting narrative that focuses less on the technical side of cyber attacks and more on stories of what happens when cyberattacks succeed. Know and understand the sort of things your staff finds interesting, and structure the narrative on that.

And of course, there’s gamification – that buzzword everyone’s on about. By offering incentives and rewards, visual aids, and entertaining activities, you can get people far more interested in your cybersecurity processes and policies than you ever could with simple information.

Closing thoughts

Too often, businesses treat cyber training as a way to simply vomit information at their staff. This rarely works. In order for your cybersecurity training programs to actually be effective, you need to go a little further. You need to focus on the above items – on exactly what you’re missing.

About the Author: Max Emelianov started HostForWeb in 2001. In his role as HostForWeb’s CEO, he focuses on teamwork and providing the best support for his customers while delivering cutting-edge web hosting services.

Dane Smith is working as IT Security Associate in Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. He has 14+ years of experience in Information Technology field. He is a highly experienced PC technician with strong background in software/hardware computer repair (field and lab) and IT network system administration. He also has skills in Microsoft Office, Troubleshooting, Network Security, and many more. He had an access to our CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 course and labs. Let us see what he says:

SY0-501 Course Review

The way the course is designed and presented very nicely: quizzes by chapters and knowledge area, readiness score, labs, chapters, and lessons, etc. The course will allow the learners to practice after going through each chapter and knowledge area in detail and test himself. All course questions are based on real CompTIA Security+ exam that will help you to prepare for your certification thoroughly. I encourage everyone who are preparing for SY0-501 certification to go through uCertify courses and labs.

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