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CySA+: What's in a Certification Name Change?

Sometimes small or seemingly insignificant tweaks cause big, time-consuming, possibly expensive ripple effects. A phone call with an old friend and co-author gets me thinking about the impact of name changes.

Just yesterday, I was talking to an old friend and frequent co-author, about life, the universe, and everything. He just casually mentioned the recent name change for the CompTIA CyberSecurity Analyst Plus certification. Until recently, it had been known as the CSA+ certification.

 

On January 18, or thereabouts, CompTIA announced that it was changing that moniker to CySA+. It also indicated that, “CompTIA and its partners will make the change by June 29, 2018.” (See Overview section, red text.) Sounds like it's no big deal, right? Wrong!

 

CSA to CySA

 

When I asked my friend what the name change meant to him, it turns out there was quite a bit of work in it for him. He had not only just worked on a book and practice exam for this new cert, he had also made a video. Therein lay the real rub.

 

“Changing text is easy,” he said. “That’s what makes Search-and-Replace such a beautiful thing.” But he went onto relate that visuals, particularly in a video, are a different story. “We had to reshoot every scene that had the cert logo showing,” he related to me.

 

“We’d just finished shooting before the holidays, and bam! Three weeks into January, we’re back in the studio reshooting somewhere between a third and a half of the whole edited video.”

 

Needless to say, this took some time. The switcheroo consumed plenty of person-hours and studio resources, and meant a bunch of extra work for all the various players involved.