SSCP or the CISSP: Which one is better?

Cybersecurity is the IT Job No. Cybersecurity is the number one IT job for most organizations. The demand for security professionals is never higher. There are many security certification bodies, but the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) is the most well-known.
Their most prominent security certification is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, (CISSP), which is arguably one the most valuable and difficult security certifications.
Security professionals in their early stages of careers may find the CISSP intimidating and may look to the (ISC]2 Systems Security Certified Practitioners (SSCP) or another accreditation as a way to get certified.
Let’s dive deeper into these two (ISC2) certifications. Let’s take a closer look at these certifications, including their career value and the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’.
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Get certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
This certification is for cybersecurity professionals who are experienced — managers, technicians, and executives. Candidates must pass a three hour, 100- to 150 question computer adaptive testing exam in order to earn CISSP certification. They must also provide proof of five years of continuous employment or work experience in at least one of the eight CISSP security domains as defined by (ISC).
Security and Risk Management
Asset Security
Security Architecture and Engineering
Communications and Network Security
Management of Access and Identity
Security Assessment and Testing
Security Operations

But that’s not all. After passing the CISSP exam, the candidate must be endorsed and certified by an active (ISC2) credential holder before they can receive their CISSP certificate.
You should note that if you pass CISSP but don’t have the required years of domain experience, (ISC.2) will recognize you as a CISSP associate while you gain the required domain experience.
It’s encouraging to see that the current Guide to the CISSP2 states that the average salary for CISSP-certified professionals is over $130,000. According to the CyberSeek interactive cybersecurity demand/supply map of job postings, CISSP was the most in-demand security certification as of September 2019.
Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).
CISSP is only for experienced professionals. The SSCP, which is an early-career certification by (ISC),2, requires only one year of relevant cybersecurity experience. The SSCP is different in that it focuses on practical, technical aspects of cybersecurity, while the CISSP focuses on process.
(ISC.2) SSCP is intended for engineers and administrators, whereas CISSP can be used for senior IT leaders, such as auditors, consultants, architects, and managers. The SSCP is similar to CompTIA’s Security+ certification, but it is not as well-known.
Candidates for SSCP must pass a three hour, 125-question test that tests their knowledge of the following security domains.
Access Controls
Security Operations and Administration
Monitoring and Analysis of Risks
Incident Response and Recovery
Network and Communications Security
Systems and Application Security

SSCP candidates must have a minimum of one year of work experience in one of the SSCP security domains. A degree in cybersecurity programs may allow you to be granted a waiver for the first year.
SSCP candidates must be endorsed, just like the CISSP credential.
It is not a matter of one cert being better than the other. They are different areas of cybersecurity expertise and experience.
If you are in a security position early in your career and want to establish credibility, then SSCP can be a good place to start.
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What’s the difference between SQL, PL/SQL, and T-SQL?

Microsoft has licensed or developed a variety of SQL variants. They’re all procedural languages that are used to manage relational database databases. However, they’re used in different ways. They were also created in different ways by different organizations. These are the differences between SQL and PL/SQL.

Regular Ole SQL
Let’s begin with plain vanilla SQL. The original. SQL stands for Structured Query Language and is the most commonly used language for managing and accessing data within a relational DBMS (database management software).
SQL was developed originally by IBM and is an ANSI/ISO Standard. There is also a dispute over how to pronounce it. It is a data-oriented language that allows you to specify the data structure and select and manipulate sets of data. It assumes that the data is stored in a relational database. The tables are made up of rows (tuples), and columns (fields containing particular types).
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Start training The DDL is used to define data structures and create objects such as views, tables, and procedures. DDL keywords include CREATE, ALTER, DROP, etc. DML can be used to access and modify data. DML keywords include SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, MERGE, DELETE, etc.
SQL is largely declarative. Java, C++ and Javascript are procedural languages that allow you to say “how” to do something. They provide many features, such as statements that can be executed in sequence, statements that can be executed conditionally, statements that can be executed repeatedly within a loop construct, and statements that can also execute statements conditionally.
SQL, on the other hand, aims to tell you what to do and not how to do it. SQL’s ideal is to describe the data structure (e.g. “CREATE TABLE …”),) and then describe what information you want to fetch (e.g. “SELECT fieldname FROM …”),) and let the DBMS software handle the low-level details about how to store and retrieve the data specified in your query.
This SQL purity has been gradually compromised. Real-world database systems quickly adopted the concept of stored procedures. These are chunks of server resident code that are written in a mixture of SQL statements and custom extensions and precompiled and stored within the database. Every DBMS uses its own dialect of SQL. These extensions are proprietary features that the vendor adds to the DBMS to make it easier to interact with it and make it more intuitive to do things that are difficult to do in pure declarative style.

The Powerful, But Lesser-Known Dialects of SQL
T-SQL, PL/SQL, and PL/SQL both are extensions of SQL: Extended subsets. Pure SQL is sufficient for create/read/update/delete (CRUD) operations but lacks the breadth of expressibility of a general-purpose language. Complex business rules and other routines that require the manipulation of data sets are difficult to code. Database vendors go beyond the norm by adding procedural mechanisms to certain SQL statements and extending their capabilities. They also provide built-in functions that allow for common capabilities such as strings, math, and accessing the internet.
T-SQL is a declarative language that can be used to specify and manipulate data. PL/SQL, on the other hand, is an imperative language that can be used to write apps. Both languages allow you to embed SQL statements in your database and store and execute their code. It is much easier to use SQL statements with T-SQL and PL/SQL than it is to invoke SQL facilities using ordinary general-purpose programming languages.

T-SQL: The SQL For Bankers
T-SQL (Transact SQL), is often associated with this.

Solution Architect vs Developer Associate

AWS Certified Developer exam and AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam, both associate-level certification exams offered through AWS — they are popular choices for IT professionals who want to transition into cloud-related jobs.
It can be difficult to know where to start if you are new to AWS or the cloud. These certificates, despite their name, won’t help you get a job in the AWS ecosystem as a solution architect or developer. You can open many career doors by gaining the skills you learn while studying for the exams. Even better, we offer all the AWS training you need to succeed.
Although there is overlap in topics between AWS Certified Developer exams and AWS Certified Solutions Architect exams there are significant differences between the two exams. These distinctions will help you advance your career in cloud computing. This article will help guide you in choosing the right exam for your career goals.
How to Choose the Right AWS Exam
There are many factors that can help you choose which AWS certification you should pursue. Your current skills and your desired career are the most important.
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Start training These exams are however sufficiently different. Both exams will help you prepare for a variety of AWS careers, from advisory to development work.
Your experience in traditional IT functions like networking, security, server management and Linux administration will help you understand how these services operate. The solutions architect exam is a better place to begin because your experience will allow you to understand cloud environments, which is one key topic in the exam.
The developer associate exam is for you if you have programming, scripting or QA experience. You will learn about AWS’s developer tools and gain confidence in building with AWS while preparing for the exam.
If you have written code in the past, you should prepare to take the developer exam. This will allow you to learn about the tools and techniques required to deploy and develop solutions in AWS. The AWS solutions architect exam is a great way to get the foundation you need to pursue a career in cloud engineering or architecture.
Factor in Your Career Goals
No matter your background, you may have career goals that motivate and inspire you to learn AWS. This can help you choose the right AWS exam for yourself.
There are many jobs that require programming skills or more technical knowledge if you are interested in writing code. These include programming serverless functions and managing AWS resources programmatically. This is what you should do if you are interested in this career. You can also consider career options in DevOps, cloud automation, and development as you prepare for the developer test.
The solutions architect exam is for you if you are more interested working with AWS offerings and the big picture. You will gain a solid understanding of key topics, such as how users and AWS service providers are authorized to use AWS services, and how to build optimal AWS architectures. You can use the knowledge gained while studying for the solutions architect exam to get into AWS operations, governance, or administration.
Take into account your personality
Finally, even if you don’t have a career goal, it is important to understand your personality. This will help you choose the right career path for you.
If you are able

Software Review: Vizzlo [2022]

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This Vizzlo review was written in 2016. It has been updated to reflect any changes in the tool. You can still see graphics created using Vizzlo throughout this site.
General Information
Name: Vizzlo
Vendor: Vizzlo
Hosting options available only for the web
Cost and plans: Vizzlo branding is included on all images. Professional Plans start at $11 per Month. There are also options for businesses that include sharing images among team members starting at $45 per month for 5 places.
Languages: English
Software Reviews: What Happens?
This is how I normally go about the software review process.
Software company: We have a really cool product that we would like you to review.
Me: Oh?
Software company: It does 1000 different things, and it will take you hours of research and review to fully understand them all. But it’s really great.
Me: Will it be something I use in my daily life?
Me (answering me): No. I’m content with the tools I have thanked.
Software company: Will you review it?
Me: Meh. Maybe.
It began the same way with Vizzlo: Dear Elizabeth, We love your blog. Please review our software.
Then I saw it. I bought it.
This has only happened once with Apollo (which I don’t actually use anymore).
Goodbye Mediocre Business Graphics
Regular readers will know that I have been balancing two jobs for a while. I am a writer, speaker, and author at, and I was a salaried project manger until the autumn 2019.
Vizzlo has helped me create graphics for both my roles.
It has been used to help my boys with their homework. Do you need to mark the Roman empire on an a map? No problem! Vizzlo offers a map graphic that allows you to toggle on and off any country, zoom in to the area you want to print, and more.
Vizzlo offers over 75 templates graphics, covering everything from Venn diagrams and milestone charts to maps and timelines.
It also includes Gantt charts as well as waterfall diagrams. These are not meant to replace my trusted project management tools for scheduling. However, it is useful to create a summary, pretty-looking Gantt charts summary for stakeholders who don’t understand a 1000-line MS Project Plan.
Here’s another picture that took less time (shush, don’t tell anyone). I would rather you all think I spent hours creating custom graphics.
You can see the branding in the footer, as well as the brand color scheme. I switch between profiles to be able to create them in my company branding (for salaried jobs) and blog branding. Also, for my niche forest school blog like this one.
It is very pretty and easy to put together.
Creating Your First Vizzard
I don’t understand why they called them Vizzards, and not Graphics or something that made sense. The library is filled with Vizzards (i.e. You can start by looking at the templates in the library.
VizzloChoose the project you want to create. There are limited options – you cannot start with a blank sheet and add icons. However, there is enough material to create beautiful slides for presentations and project communications. The company adds new designs every day.
I love the holiday-themed ones and have a few favorites. You will find the right graphic for you, whether you are looking for something specific or something for project teams.
Let’s make a simple milestone plan for rhombus, using colorful blocks. After selecting it from the Market, I hit Create to open my edit screen.
This is what you will see if your account is paid for. If you choose to have a free account, you won’t have all the options to customize the color.
It is easy to add units to any template. The page size is fixed, however, I have found this to be true. The number of words you can fit into each box, rhombi, or other boxes will increase as you add more boxes.

Amazon Relational Database Service: New Training

Bart Castle, SPOTO trainer, covers the knowledge cloud administrators need in this 20-video entry-level training.
This training video from Amazon RDS is a great example.
It’s more than a full-time job. Storing data and making it available in the correct ways to the right tools, programs, and resources is a challenging career field. The Amazon Relational Database Service training will make it easier and more rewarding.
You need a flexible, secure, and highly scalable database solution if your organization relies on ecommerce. A high-throughput, highly available database platform is essential if your profit center relies on online gaming or mobile devices. A database that can scale to massive storage and is scalable with high throughput is essential if your company relies on mobile or web applications.
This training will teach you how to connect all the dots in a way that is easy and more profitable for your company.
This series consists of four parts. It covers topics like administering relational database through the console, CLI or API calls, scaling a data base’s compute and storage resources quickly, maintaining high-availability using automated backups, database snapshots and host replacement.
These are the four skills that make up this series:
Get Started with Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS Backups
Amazon RDS Failover Planning
Supporting Amazon RDS Databases

Although this training does not lead to certification, it is still valuable skills training for cloud administrators who want to learn cloud relational databases services.
This training covers the following topics:
Amazon RDS Failover Plan
What about Amazon Aurora RDS
RDS Snapshots Restored
Force Multi-AZ Failover
Promote a RDS Read Replica

This training includes:
Training for 3 hours
20 videos

You can watch a video from the series here:

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New Training: Advanced Network Automation using Cisco and Python

John McGovern, SPOTO trainer, covers the knowledge network engineers must have to integrate Nornir’s inventory abstraction into their network CI/CD automation environment. This 215-video intermediate training teaches them how to do this.
This is the new Cisco training.
Continuous integration and delivery/deployment technologies continue to improve. This makes it easier to seamlessly build, test, and merge code. However, many of these tools and languages are so complex and nuanced that it is difficult to learn the tools.
This 31-part series covers topics like advanced filtering, handling connections with devices, and inspecting complicated structures.
You can watch a video from the series here:

This series includes the following skills:
For network automation, create a lab environment
Learn the Nornir Automation Architecture
Automated Network Configurations and Change Management
Automate Security
Automate Credentials Management
Understanding Structured Data for Network Automation
Automated Networks with Structured Data
Automate your workflow with templates
Optimize Automation Solutions
For network automation, filtering is a must

This training covers the following topics:
The Archive Feature
Handling Errors
Comparing the Network State
IPDB Object Inspection
Understanding the Topology

This training includes:
31 hours of training
215 videos

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New Training: Advanced Cisco Routing and Addressing Solutions

This intermediate training video, which consists of 28 videos, is by SPOTO trainer Knox Hutchinson. It covers the knowledge network administrators require to design EIGRP and OSPF routing. Also, it explains high-level considerations when designing IP addressing in an enterprise network.
This is the Cisco Networking Level 2 Training.
There are many components to consider when designing an enterprise network. This training identifies one of these components and spends time exploring all aspects.
Designing an enterprise network requires advanced routing and addressing solutions. Planning and designing routing solutions for an enterprise network requires a consideration of the many choices available to it, including OSPF, IS-IS, and BGP. There are unique challenges to managing an IPv6 address plan, sometimes within an existing IPv4 network. This Advanced Cisco Routing Solutions training will help you prepare for all these considerations and challenges.
This three-part series covers topics like designing routing in EIGRP and OSPF, IS-IS and BGP, understanding the differences in Layer 2 campus designs and designing an IPv4 address planning.
You can watch a video from the series here:

This series includes the following skills:
Design an IPv4 or IPv6 Addressing Scheme
Design Networks with EIGRP
Designing Networks using OSPF

This training covers the following topics:
IPv6 Addressing Systems:
Designated and Backup-Designated Routers
VLSM: Some considerations
OSPF Areas
Designing a Basic Subnet

This training includes:
Training for 3 hours
28 videos

Cisco Networking Level 2 is now available!
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CompTIA Network+ N10-005 – New Series

SPOTO introduces “CompTIA Network+N10-005,” a new series of training. This series is a great way to get started with computer networking or to improve your existing skills. Each Nugget corresponds to a specific objective on the N10-005 exam.
Trainer Keith Barker’s mix of humor and expertise will keep you interested while you learn how basic network infrastructure is maintained, secured, troubleshooted, installed, controlled, and configured.
Keith stated, “Understanding the network’s functions isn’t just something to know, it’s an increasingly important skill to possess for personal and professional development.”
The series starts with the basics of computer networks and builds on that knowledge by providing real-world examples of network technologies. This includes the OSI model and TCP/IP, DNS and ARP. Keith also includes protocol analyses (using protocol analayzers to show the details of what’s really happening on the network) to reinforce concepts and ideas taught in the videos.
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Cisco CCNA Labs is a new series from Cisco

Jeremy Cioara
SPOTO’s “Cisco Cisco CCNA Labs: Cisco For the Real World” video series is now available. ExamPrep is different from “real-world” and we try to offer both in our video series. However, this series stray from that path. This series is 100% real-world. Jeremy Cioara wanted to create a series that was true to life. We made it happen. This is a user-directed learning experience. We made the first video available to the public. A survey was also created to collect information from viewers. Storyboarding was used to create the remaining videos and we filmed them using that feedback. We also notified our viewers after each video was completed so that they could update or enhance their suggestions. To make the series as real-world as possible, Jeremy used viewers’ feedback right up until the end. This series is possible because of the 2,759 viewers.
Jeremy will be covering topics such as GNS3 foundations and fundamentals of Cisco devices. He will also be discussing the Cisco IOS and big picture network concepts. Jeremy has a video promo for this series.
Combining our ICND1 series and ICND2 series together with the new CCNA series labs series will give you the tools you need to pass the exam, get the job, be confident in your ability to perform the job. Click here to view the details of this package deal.
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SPOTO offers everything you need to improve your IT skills and advance in your career: unlimited video training and Practice exams, Virtual Labs and validated learning with in–video Quizzes, Accountability coaching, and access to our exclusive IT professionals community. A cost-effective project management software for teams

Are you looking for an affordable project management tool that will work for your team? This Bloo review will discuss the pros and cons. Maybe it’s the right fit for you.

What is
What makes Bloo different?
Bloo is available for multiple teams
The Bloo dashboard
Simple and easy to use
Project management
Task management
File storage
Real-time updates
Powerful filters
Calendar view offers collaboration features
Access permissions
Bloo has many advantages
Bloo’s disadvantages

Cost and plans: $50 per organization per month for as many users you wish. Sign up for the annual plan to receive discounts
Hosting model: Cloud only
Languages: You can input text in any language.
Summary of Bloo: I wish this tool was available to my teams. Bloo was simple to use, affordable for the value it offers, and perfect for teams that need a simple task and project management system with an intuitive interface. It’s an alternative for Trello, Asana, and Plutio. What is
Bloo is an online project management tool. It features Kanban boards and calendars. File sharing is possible. To-Do list management can also be done with Bloo. It is strong in team collaboration with discussions, activity feeds and a sensible approach for notifications that won’t overwhelm your mailbox.
What makes Bloo different?
Two features stand out to me in Bloo over other project management tools.
The pricing structure is first. The monthly cost of a licence is $50. That’s it. Other tools have a per-user fee, so if you start adding your suppliers and a few people to the tool, you suddenly find yourself paying a lot for a project management software.
The features are important too. Don’t just choose the cheapest product. Bloo is a great tool, and you would be foolish to ignore it for your business.
The second is usability. Bloo’s team designed the product to be simpler than Asana. Emanuele Faja, CEO and Founder of Bloo, explained to me that Bloo targets knowledge workers. This could be small businesses looking to expand their online presence, or companies in emerging markets looking for increased productivity.
Bloo is a project management tool that can scale easily for your organization, according to what I saw when I looked at it for this review.
Bloo is a great fit for those who are not Silicon Valley-types and don’t have the time or skills to navigate complex software.
Bloo is available for multiple teams
Bloo can support multiple organizations through the customer dashboard. This allows you to have both client work and your own projects in one place. You might have internal work that your team is working on (even if it’s only you) and then you can work with customers.
You’ll be able to see both your most recent projects and the companies with which you are currently involved when you log in for the first time.
Your dashboard will be displayed when you click on the company or initiative that you are interested in reviewing. The right-hand side shows a list of team members, while the green dots show who is online.
This presence management feature can be found in Skype and other collaboration tools. What’s great about Bloo? They’ve combined the best features from different tools into one interface. Bloo is the only way to get in touch with your team.
The Bloo dashboard
The dashboard displays your outstanding To Do items as well as recent activities on projects that you are involved in.
Simple and easy to use
Everything is presented in a simple and calm manner. Although you can adjust the colors of the tools, the interface feels so peaceful! It’s not as busy and intuitive as other products. Items on your activity checklist