The Differences Between IT and Cybersecurity

If you are looking to enter into a tech career and you have done some research, you may find yourself encountering terms you are unfamiliar with. IT and cybersecurity are two of the most common terms you might see, and depending on what sources you have visited, you might have seen the two terms used interchangeably.

Although there is overlap between the two terms, it is important to understand the distinction between them. We are going to break down what the difference between IT and cybersecurity is, and how you can get your tech career started on the right foot with the help of TechnoEdge Learning.

IT

IT stands for “information technology.” This umbrella term covers a variety of fields and activities related to the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data or information. Because the IT sector is so varied, companies often have entire IT departments to handle all the different aspects of IT as it relates to their business.

There are many different areas of IT to get involved in on a professional level. Common responsibilities in the field include network administration, software development and installation, management and planning of technology life cycles, and one of the fastest-growing areas of IT, cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is exactly what its name implies. If you are looking to protect computer systems, networks and data from theft or damage then you need to be familiar with cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity plays a large role in today’s tech sector. 2020 saw an increase in cybercrimes, particularly those targeting small and medium-sized organizations. As cybercrime increases, so does the need for cybersecurity professionals. Just as with IT itself, there are many different areas of cybersecurity and different ways to find work in the field.

With cloud computing on the rise, many cybersecurity specialists opt to earn security certifications tailored to cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Although there is merit to this approach, a more effective method for building your skills and finding work in cybersecurity is to earn a vendor-neutral certification.

CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA CySA+ Certifications

CompTIA manages some of the most widely-recognized certifications in IT and cybersecurity. The CompTIA Security+ certification is an entry-level cybersecurity certification and the CompTIA CySA+ certification is available for intermediate cybersecurity professionals.

Both of these certifications prove that you have practical cybersecurity skills that you can implement in a professional environment regardless of what systems, networks, and software your employer uses. Earning either one of these certifications requires you to pass their respective certification exam, which is administered by CompTIA. The computer-based tests determine your proficiency by asking you a combination of multiple-choice and performance-based questions. These certification exams can be intimidating, particularly for newcomers to the industry, but they don’t have to be.

CompTIA Security+ Training and CompTIA CySA+ Training

The best way to train for these exams is to get help from CompTIA approved sources. TechnoEdge Learning offers five-day, boot camp style exam prep courses for both the Security+ and CySA+ certification exams. TechnoEdge is an approved training partner of CompTIA, which means the courses are taught using the most up-to-date exam objectives and information. TechnoEdge instructors are CompTIA certified, and skilled at helping students learn course material in an effective and efficient manner.

If you are looking to start a career in cybersecurity or advance your current career, then now is the best time to do so. Register now for one of TechnoEdge’s upcoming cybersecurity courses and become a part of one of the fastest-growing areas of IT.

The Best Path to Becoming a Certified Coach

Coaching is some of the most fulfilling work one can undertake. Watching your clients grow as you help them reach their goals and overcome obstacles is immensely rewarding and one of the main reasons people commit themselves to this profession. There are many opportunities in coaching and becoming a certified coach can help you access more of those opportunities.

There are many ways to become a certified coach and we want to show you the best path possible. Read on to learn more about becoming a certified coach,  the International Coach Federation (ICF), and how Ashton College’s Certified Coach Diploma program can help you get there.

The ICF

The ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession. They advance the profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

Earning your certification with the ICF ensures that your skills will be recognized on a global level and that you will be connected with like-minded, certified coaches through the ICF network. Being an ICF member makes it easier to advance in your career.

Ashton College’s certified coach program is designed with ICF standards in mind. Through the program, students learn the 11 Core Competencies of the ICF and how they apply to professional coaching.

The Certifications

ICF offers several levels of certification, including the Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certifications. Ashton College’s program will help students work towards both of these certificates.

ACC

The ACC is considered an entry-level coach certification and it requires both theoretical and practical experience. ACC candidates must complete 60 hours of training and acquire 100 hours of coaching experience (70 hours must be paid experience). Candidates must also successfully pass the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) to earn their ACC credential.

PCC

The PCC is considered the gold standard for coaches. Earning your PCC certification requires 125 hours of training and 500 hours of work experience (440 paid). Candidates must also successfully pass the CKA.

Training

Getting Coach Certification is critical to your success as a coach. Learning practical coaching skills and how to conduct your coaching business in a professional, ethical manner will help you set your career on the right track. Whether you are looking to earn your ACC or PCC, Ashton College’s certified coach training is sure to give you quality education that fulfills your training requirements.

The practical knowledge components of the program will ensure that you are fully ready to start working, and earning money, as a coach, regardless of whether you become a business coach, life coach, relationship coach, team coach, employment coach, or otherwise.

Practical Experience

Practical experience plays a large role in earning your certification. If you are completely new to coaching then gaining this practical experience might be slow to start. The ICF allows for a small section of your coaching experience to be unpaid for both the ACC and PCC certifications, which means you can consider taking on pro-bono work as a means to get the word out about your business and get some experience under your belt.

You may be eager to get your practical experience started right away, but it would be wiser to start with your training requirement, so you can ensure that you are following best practices throughout your working experience.

Taking the Next Step

Coaching is an exciting career, and it is full of opportunities for those willing to seek it out. Setting your coaching career off in the right direction is a matter of getting the right education and the right certification. Luckily, Ashton College can help you with both of those aspects. Visit ashtoncollege.ca to learn more about the program and its upcoming dates.

How to Get Ahead in Human Resources

The field of Human Resources (HR) is growing at an incredible rate and there are many different paths you can take your HR career down. Regardless of where you see yourself in HR, one of the best ways to make your goals a reality is through continuing education courses, like the ones offered at Ashton College. Ashton College offers industry-relevant education through their LIVE Online format, allowing you to get the knowledge and skills you need from anywhere you have internet access. We are going to break down some of the best areas of HR to get involved in, and how continuing education can help you get there.

Change Management

The events of 2020 have made change management one of the most in-demand skills for HR professionals. Adapting swiftly to massive changes has been constant for all organizations in the past year, and there are many more large changes looming in the future. Change management professionals help organizations successfully enact change on the individual, organizational, and enterprise levels.

Ashton College’s Change Management Certification course is accredited by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), and Ashton College is listed on the ACMP’s Qualified Education Provider (QEP) Registry. The ACMP accreditation means that the completion of Ashton College’s Change Management Certification course fulfills the ACMP’s 21-hour training requirement for their Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) designation.

The CCMP designation is internationally recognized and well-respected in the industry. After completing the training requirement, CCMP candidates will need to earn several years of change management experience (3 years for candidates with a 4-year degree, 5 years for candidates with a high school education) before they can apply for their CCMP designation.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion training is in high demand in most workplaces. Diverse workplaces experience greater levels of overall success compared to homogenous businesses, but only when properly trained HR professionals are employed to help maintain a healthy, inclusive work environment.

Intercultural awareness, conflict resolution, communication, and team-building skills are all important parts of maintaining a diverse workplace, and diversity and inclusion training will provide you with the knowledge you need to perform these skills successfully.

Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution

Mediation, conflict resolution, and negotiation are skills that HR professionals use on a daily basis. Negotiation training, mediation training, and conflict resolution training will all help you to grow both in your professional and personal life. HR is a field that relies heavily on communication skills, and the stronger your communication skills are, the more success you’ll find in your career.

Employment Law

HR professionals are responsible for a great deal of the hiring and employment process for a business. Having an in-depth understanding of your province’s employment law regime and the obligations of both employers and employees will help you to better perform your duties and get more out of your work.

Ashton College offers courses in British Columbia Employment Law and Alberta Employment Law.  Both of these courses provide a comprehensive look at their province’s employment laws and the rights and obligations of employees and employers in both unionized and non-unionized environments. Regardless of what industry you work in, these courses will allow you to better navigate your responsibilities and ensure both your employer and employees are operating in accordance with provincial law.

Taking the Next Step

There are many different ways to advance your HR career but, regardless of what path you choose, the best time to get started on your advancement is right now. Ashton College offers some of the best continuing education courses available for HR professionals. Register now for one of their upcoming courses and take your career to the next level.