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New Security Exam Under Development (Update)

Beta testing for new MCSA/MCSE elective expected in November; plus, certification program unlikely to include lab element in the near future.

Last week, Microsoft released information on development of a new security-based exam. According to the exam objectives guide posted at http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-214.asp, Exam 70-214, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network is an MCSA and MCSE elective that's expected to be released in beta form in November 2002.

The exam follows on the heels of comments that Microsoft's training and certification group made earlier this year regarding possible development of a security certification (see "Microsoft Considering Desktop, Security Certs" by CertCities.com Editor Becky Nagel, in the News archive).

In other certification-related news, Dan Truax, Microsoft's certification skills and assessment-strategy group manager, said it’s unlikely Microsoft will be adding a lab element to certification tests. “We have no specific plans to launch a lab exam, although we’re continuing to explore exam innovations,” Truax said. He said Microsoft has had success with simulations within exams, and “we’ll continue our heavy emphasis on it.” He also mentioned the possibility of having more product interaction within the tests.

[To read the original news item and comments, click here.—Editor.]

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Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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