Infrastructure, development, security and data are at the center of IT Pro Day, CompTIA’s free, live-streamed training session scheduled for Wednesday, December 7. Certification holders who sit in on any of the day’s main sessions can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for attending the live webinars.
Throughout the day you’ll learn how to study hacker behavior to prevent attacks, how to explain security information to non-technical folks, and how front-line workers manage today’s business services. You’ll also get a primer on the IT Infrastructure Library and understand its value, and debate security, access and cost related to cloud and on-site work.
“IT Pro Day is about offering practical, hands-on sessions that will help you hone your IT skills,” said Dr. James Stanger, senior director of products at CompTIA. “The IT landscape has gotten increasingly complex, so we’re breaking it all down and discussing vital skills that today’s professional’s need.”
The main sessions will be supplemented with insider interviews on virtual reality, soft skills and cybersecurity, led by Miles Jobgen, CompTIA’s director of education.
Learn about CertMaster’s leap into virtual reality training, get a behind-the-scenes look at the exam building process, and see how new training programs are taking a contemporary look at soft skills and security certification.
“We’ll also be doing a fun gameshow with two of our own IT guys where we’ll pull questions from sample exams for a play-at-home version,” Jobgen said.
The program will be hosted by Seth Robinson, CompTIA’s senior director of technology analysis, who will share market research insights to complement the technical sessions.
“We’ll talk about new jobs, where they are really landing and the skills people need to do them,” Robinson said. “We’re trying to do two things: emphasize what CompTIA is doing within the industry and feature people within the IT pro community who we’re trying to help.”
IT Pro Day starts at 10:20 a.m. with a keynote from CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux. The day will wrap by 3:45 p.m. with closing remarks from Robinson. Register here, or visit the IT Pro Day website for more. Times listed are U.S. Central time.
Get better at your job and earn CEUs through these four one-hour IT Pro Day sessions:
Visualizing Security Trends on the Network: Learn to capture, organize and visualize security events so you can successfully break down complex ideas into easy-to-read statistics for your manager. This session will focus on technical and procedural steps to securing today’s IT environment. (11 a.m. led by James Stanger, senior director, product development, skills certification, at CompTIA. Session 1 CEU-Approved for CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+ and CASP recertification)
ITIL for the Frontline IT Professional: Get an overview of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and how it relates to the day-to-day work of frontline IT professionals. Learn why the classification of incidents and problems is essential, and demystify the processes that frustrate IT pros. Bonus: A breakdown of the service lifecycle and how it impacts you. (12:15 p.m., led by Tim Niles, technical delivery manager for RIIS LLC. Session 2 CEU-Approved for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Cloud+ recertification)
Security Analytics: Tools of the Trade: Apply behavioral analytics to network traffic and outmaneuver attackers trying to evade firewalls and anti-virus software. Be part of the IT security solution: use this session to learn about common open source tools used to implement security analytics and work to improve the overall state of IT security. (1:30 p.m., led by Patrick Lane, senior manager for product development at CompTIA. Session 3 CEU-Approved for CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+ and CASP recertification)
Cloud vs. Enterprise: Impact of Today’s Approaches to Providing Services: Debate security, access and cost comparing cloud services to on-premise applications and services. This session will use research-based statistics plus information from real-world system implementations and migrations. (2:45 p.m., led by Phil Norton, a high-level systems analyst for Sourcebooks Inc. and subject matter expert for CompTIA’s Governance Committee. Session 4 CEU-Approved for CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Cloud+ recertification)
Like ChannelCon’s Track for Techs, CompTIA’s IT Pro Day offers experience and expertise through virtual attendance. See the full schedule, find out how to apply your CEUs and register for CompTIA’s IT Pro Day here.
Michelle Lange is a writer and designer based in Chicago.