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Paul Ricketts

Paul Ricketts
Originally from the UK, Paul Ricketts is the Director of Marketing at TrainACE in Greenbelt, MD. Having started out in the field of Geographic Information Systems, Paul has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of industries, focused on tech., graphics and data analysis. Having finally settled in the field of marketing, he has spent the last 8 years fine tuning his skills in the art of communication and persuasion.

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[Infographic] Understanding Ethical Hacking

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2018 4:30:37 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CEH training, ethical hacking

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Not all hackers are cybercriminals. Increasingly businesses are employing ethical hackers (also known as white hat hackers) to break into their computer networks to expose vulnerabilities. Ethical hacking has become a mainstream niche within the IT Industry, employing a highly skilled cohort of programmers and computer experts. In this info-graphic we lay out the differences between black hat and white hat hackers, differentiating between cybercriminals and ethical hackers.
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Developer IT Training: Why It’s Always Worth The Effort

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2018 10:37:19 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in career development

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The cyber skills gap is widening: Recent data suggests a shortfall of more than 3 million IT experts in the next three years. What does this mean for your business? Looking for new staff to meet expanding tech requirements may not be possible — instead, companies are better served bolstering current employee experience with the right mixture of on-site training and classroom-led learning.

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Classroom vs. Virtual Training: What’s Your Best Fit?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2018 2:57:47 PM / by Paul Ricketts

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Virtual classroom training is on the rise — recent data from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) reports more than 528 full-time virtual schools across the United States serving almost 300,000 students. So it’s no surprise to see this carry over into the workforce, especially for information technology professionals; virtual IT training offers companies a way to keep staff on-site while they earn certifications or refresh needed skills.

IT classroom training, meanwhile, gives employees the chance to go hands-on and get practical experience in their chosen field of study, experience they can leverage when they’re back managing local server stacks and handling security issues.

What’s the best fit? Let’s dig into the pros and cons of virtual training and live classroom offerings.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Training Market Heats Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 21, 2018 10:26:06 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in cybersecurity

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Human interaction remains the single biggest threat to businesses as they attempt to secure their networks from cyber-attack. Increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks represent the dominant way in which cyber-criminals manipulate employees within small and large businesses, to open their networks to malicious activities. It's not surprising then, that venture capitalists are paying close attention to the cybersecurity awareness training market.

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Landing A Lucrative Cyber Security Career: Five Tips To Boost Your Chances

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 9:21:14 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in cybersecurity, career development

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Cyber security is a growing field, with more than 350,000 open positions in the United States alone. What’s more, cyber and information security professionals often enjoy above-average salaries, autonomy and upward career mobility.

But how do you make the shift from front-line or mid-corporate IT to grab a lucrative cyber security career? Here are five tips to boost your chances of landing the job.

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8 Reasons To Get PMP Certified

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2018 4:46:47 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in PMP training, Project Management

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Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification acts as the standard measure of competence for all project managers regardless of their industry of operation. It, therefore, follows that any individuals who are serving in project related fields such as IT and Cybersecurity would benefit significantly from formal project management training.

But why should a programmer, network engineer, or help desk technician get PMP certified? Especially if they are relatively new to the industry?

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7 Roles CompTIA Security+ Training Can Prepare You For

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2018 3:53:51 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Comptia Security+

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Looking for a challenge? Think you have what it takes to be an information security professional? CompTIA's Security+ is the industry standard when it comes to cybersecurity certifications!

The internet is a continually-changing environment where digital threats evolve and seek to erode, compromise and destroy networked systems or even steal essential and sensitive information from these systems. The need to further enhance network security has never been higher, with the demand for people qualified to fill in gaps within organizations at an all-time high.

Here are 7 of the most common jobs you can expect to apply for once you pass the CompTIA Security+ certification:

 

System Administrator

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What Does EC-Councils CND & CHFI ANSI Accreditation Mean to You?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2018 2:22:28 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CHFI Training, CND Training, Career Development

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In May the EC-Council announced it had achieved a major milestone in its efforts to set standards for cybersecurity training and certification. Both the Certified Network Defender (CND) and the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) certification programs received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Security+ Training: SY0-401 vs SY0-501 - What’s the Difference?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2018 9:30:41 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Comptia Security+, cybersecurity

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The CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam is officially slated to be replaced by Security+ SY0-501 exam on July 31, 2018. Initially released in October 2017, SY0-501 reflects the continuing evolution in the cybersecurity environment. We are pleased to announce that TrainACE is adopting this new version of Security+ in its training schedules.

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Choosing the Best Cisco Certification for You

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2018 11:56:29 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CCNP, IT Certification, CCENT, CCNA training, CCENT training

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Whether you’re a seasoned network administrator, a developer, or are just starting out in the computer networking industry, understanding the best Cisco certification to suit your needs is something that will be very beneficial to you. With Cisco owning over 60% of the enterprise network market you are sure to be working with their technology at some point in your career. So how do find the best Cisco certification for you to get started or take the next step in your networking career?

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