“In­dian de­fence forces are train­ing of­fi­cers on Comp TIA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams”

Deniss Kwork, Vice Pres­i­dent, Asia Pa­cific, CompTIA shares the key ini­tia­tives and CompTIA’s mis­sion and vision for In­dia

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What are the key ob­jec­tives of CompTIA?

CompTIA (Com­put­ing Tech­nol­ogy In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion) is an IT in­dus­try trade as­so­ci­a­tion head­quar­tered in Chicago USA and hav­ing in­ter­na­tional of­fices in UK, South Africa, Ja­pan and In­dia. Since its in­cep­tion in 1982 CompTIA has rep­re­sented the global IT in­dus­try through ad­vo­cacy, pub­lic pol­icy and work­force de­vel­op­ment. CompTIA has more than 2000 en­ter­prise level mem­bers and 3000+ aca­demic and com­mer­cial train­ing part­ners.

One of the key ini­tia­tives that CompTIA drives is around work­force skill de­vel­op­ment through a dy­namic set of skill cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and learn­ing pro­grams. These pro­grams help in­di­vid­u­als across the world to en­ter and progress in­In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy ca­reers. CompTIA de­vel­ops all these cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and learn­ing pro­grams through a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the IT in­dus­try and there­fore the skill out­comes of these pro­grams mir­ror the ac­tual re­quire­ments from or­ga­ni­za­tions. CompTIA has cer­ti­fied more than 2.5 Mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als across the globe. CompTIA cer­ti­fi­ca­tions cover an en­try to ex­pert ca­reer path­way in rel­e­vant do­mains such as IT In­fra­struc­ture, Cloud Com­put­ing, net­work tech­nol­ogy and cy­ber­se­cu­rity among others. To pro­vide an end to end so­lu­tion for in­di­vid­u­als, CompTIA has now in­vested sub­stan­tially in devel­op­ing top of the line self-paced and class­room train­ing material for cer­ti­fi­ca­tions under the ban­ner of CompTIA Of­fi­cial Con­tent.

What has been your achiev­ments on the In­dian mar­ket?

Dur­ing the past few years since start­ing its op­er­a­tions in In­dia, CompTIA has fo­cused on the mostly on the ca­reer seeker seg­ment. This seg­ment is of ut­most im­por­tance as a lack of skills among mul­ti­tude of stu­dents leads to a huge skills gap that plagues the in­dus­try. Much has been writ­ten on this is­sue as or­ga­ni­za­tions were forced to in­vest huge amount of re­sources to re-train these stu­dents post hir­ing. In as­so­ci­a­tion with aca­demic and com­mer­cial B2C train­ing part­ners, CompTIA has cer­ti­fied a large num­ber of stu­dents, es­pe­cially in Tier 2 and 3 towns to earn a re­ward­ing ca­reer in IT. Many of these stu­dents went on to get jobs in large MNC’s and IT

CompTIA has rep­re­sented the global IT in­dus­try through ad­vo­cacy, pub­lic pol­icy and work­force de­vel­op­ment. CompTIA has more than 2000 en­ter­prise level mem­bers and 3000+ aca­demic and com­mer­cial train­ing part­ners.

ser­vices com­pa­nies. In terms of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion adop­tion and skill en­hance­ments for new hire and cur­rent em­ploy­ees, al­most all lead­ing IT com­pa­nies pre­fer multiple CompTIA cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. Some of these or­ga­ni­za­tions are global lead­ers such as Dell, HP, Ac­cen­ture, IBM, Ap­ple, Google, Ya­hoo, Mi­crosoft, Cap Gem­ini among many others.

Are you in­volved in the gov­ern­ment projects?

We are cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with multiple central and state Gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in mass skill de­vel­op­ment of In­dian stu­dents. While the Gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied the chal­lenge and has some great ini­tia­tives in place, it will take some time to com­pletely in­te­grate these pro­grams with in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try bod­ies and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion providers such as ours. How­ever, there are many Gov­ern­ment bod­ies, es­pe­cially the de­fense forces that have re­cently found value in CompTIA cy­ber­se­cu­rity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams and has suc­cess­fully trained and cer­ti­fied some of­fi­cers with our pro­grams.

Glob­ally CompTIA is ex­cep­tion­ally strong it its al­liance with the Gov­ern­ment. Our largest spon­sor across the world is The US De­part­ment of De­fense, which man­dates IT staff to be CompTIA cer­ti­fied to ex­e­cute their re­spec­tive job roles. An­other re­cent ex­am­ple of Gov­ern­ment col­lab­o­ra­tion is the mass skill de­vel­op­ment pro­gram in Thai­land, under which the Thai Gov­ern­ment has en­dorsed CompTIA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to be part of their en­gi­neer­ing cur­ricu­lum. Sim­i­lar pro­grams are run by var­i­ous other Gov­ern­ments in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and the United King­dom.

What are the spe­cific train­ing pro­grams in­cluded in the CompTIA port­fo­lio?

CompTIA has a port­fo­lio of thir­teen cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams. These range from fun­da­men­tals of IT right up to a master level pro­gram in Cy­ber­se­cu­rity. These cer­ti­fi­ca­tions cover the core IT do­mains of IT In­fra­struc­ture, net­work tech­nol­ogy, Linux ad­min­is­tra­tion, Cloud Com­put­ing, server – stor­age and cy­ber­se­cu­rity. Apart from these CompTIA also has pro­grams in project man­age­ment and trainer ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

CompTIA has iden­ti­fied two dis­tinct tracks of IT skills – one in In­fra­struc­ture do­main that in­cludes CompTIA pro­grams such as IT Fun­da­men­tals, A+, Net­work+, Linux+, Server+ and Cloud+. The other track is re­lated to Cy­ber­se­cu­rity and con­tains Se­cu­rity+, CySA+ (Cy­ber­Se­cu­rity An­a­lyst), PenTest+ (Pen­e­tra­tion test­ing) and CASP (CompTIA Ad­vanced Se­cu­rity Prac­ti­tioner).

In­di­vid­u­als can select a rel­e­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tion based on their skill lev­els and as­pi­ra­tions and en­gage in either self-paced learn­ing or class­room train­ing with one of CompTIA Au­tho­rized train­ing de­liv­ery part­ners. CompTIA has cre­ated an in­ter­ac­tive web­site which guides IT pro­fes­sion­als or stu­dents who wish to en­ter the IT in­dus­try on what kind of train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­quired.

What is CompTIA Fu­ture roadmap for In­dia?

CompTIA will con­tinue to work with all the three seg­ments in In­dia – in­di­vid­u­als which com­prise stu­dents and work­ing pro­fes­sion­als, en­ter­prise or­ga­ni­za­tions and aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions to pro­mote the adop­tion of CompTIA train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams. The success of in­dus­try will be de­fined by how fast we can close the skill gap and CompTIA is com­mit­ted to add value to this ecosys­tem through their lead­ing- edge train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram. The lat­est pro­gram that CompTIA is launch­ing this month is CompTIA PenTest+. This is a prac­ti­cal hand on train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram that teaches pen­e­tra­tion test­ing tech­nol­ogy, which is cru­cial for or­ga­ni­za­tions to safe­guard from cy­ber­at­tacks. Through the re­la­tion­ship with aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and train­ing de­liv­ery part­ners, CompTIA will en­hance their ge­o­graph­i­cal foot­print so that a stu­dent in the re­motest cor­ner can ac­cess and gather the rel­e­vant skills by get­ting CompTIA cer­ti­fied, thereby earn­ing a re­ward­ing and more pay­ing ca­reer.

DENISS KWORK, Vice Pres­i­dent, Asia Pa­cific, CompTIA

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