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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.

Recent Posts

CompTIA A+ Certification: Is It Worth it in Washington D.C.?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA A+

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Looking for a technology career in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) areas? There is no shortage of open positions as big tech “takes off” in this area and companies look to expand their IT impact.

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What’s the Difference Between CCNA and CCNA Security?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2019 8:38:29 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CCNA

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Cisco networking technologies remain the IT infrastructure backbone of many organizations. As a result, Cisco-certified professionals are always in high demand; qualifications such as CCNA and CCNA Security are now prerequisites for many mid- and high-level technology positions.

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CompTIA A+ Training & Certification FAQ in DC

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2019 2:43:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA A+

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Many people start their IT career with an A+ certification. Naturally, people have a lot of questions about it. Here’s some common ones we receive- and some helpful answers.

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Building a Better Cloud: How to Become an AWS Solution Architect

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2019 11:09:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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Cloud competition is heating up as off-site security comes to rival on-prem deployments, connections become more robust and advanced features become commonplace. As noted by data from Gartner, however, there’s clear frontrunner: Amazon.

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Back to the Future: Why It’s Still Worth Learning C

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 25, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Programming

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According to data from a recent McKinsey & Company report, the demand for “advanced IT and programming skills” could grow by 90 percent over the next ten years. Right now, developers are leaning on advanced code technologies such as Python, Ruby, and JavaScript to create cutting-edge web and mobile applications.

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Secret Tips to Get Your Boss to Pay for Training

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 23, 2019 8:55:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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You’ve got your eye on a new IT course

Maybe it’s something entry-level like CompTIA A+ or Security+, or perhaps you’re looking to specialize with Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional Training and Certification (CISSP) or Project Management Professional (PMP) training.

There’s no question that you’ve got the drive, you’ve done the research, and you know the business benefits. You’re ready.

Except … You’ve got to ask the boss. How do you get them to say yes? More importantly — how do you get them to pay for it?

We’ve got you covered: Here are five tips to help lower your stress and boost your chances when it’s time to ask for training.

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Is CISA Worth It? Auditing the IT Impact

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2019 10:52:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CISA

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Security professionals are in high demand as companies look to protect critical assets and frustrate attacker efforts. The result? Along with cybersecurity job postings, the variety and volume of certifications are also on the rise. From delivering generalized systems defense to deploying specific IT controls to meeting essential compliance requirements, there’s no shortage of infosec training opportunities for interested technology staff.

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Climbing the Cybersecurity Career Ladder? Python has Potential

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2019 10:36:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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IT experts are in demand as companies deal with growing networks and expanding malware threats. But with supply falling behind, it’s tough for organizations to find best-fit candidates — especially for cybersecurity roles.

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Practice Makes Purpose: Four Benefits of ITIL Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 10:32:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification is one of the most popular IT certifications available. With a focus on service delivery best practices, ITIL helps technology professionals better align IT environments with fundamental business purpose while broadening their career prospects.

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Defense by Design: Career Advantages of CISSP Training

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2019 10:29:14 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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IT certifications are now an integral part of long-term career success. While companies still prioritize traditional four-year degrees and require hands-on industry experience for infosec professionals, organizations also recognize the value of cybersecurity certifications — reputable and accredited courses that demonstrate competence and confidence in specific areas of information security.

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