How Do I Get Into Cybersecurity?

As an information technology educator, and cybersecurity trainer, speaker and blogger, I am often asked how to get into a cybersecurity career, or how difficult is it to get into a cybersecurity career.  Here’s what I can tell you.

You will almost in all cases need to start your cybersecurity career in a general information technology role, and work in that capacity for three ...

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Getting Certified? Here’s How to Keep Your Certificate Valid

A little blood, sweat, and tears, study, and practice, and amazingly enough you passed the exam and earned your certification.  There used to be a time when a certification was good for life, but these days a certificate is usually valid for only three years.  The good news is that you can maintain your certification with some additional effort on your part.

The theory behind ...

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Getting Certified? Here’s How To Pass The Exam

In our last post we focused on preparing for your certification exam.  Today we will address the best techniques for succeeding on exam day. 

  • Schedule Your Exam – Check with your certification authority to see which testing centers they use.  In information technology, this is generally PearsonVue or Prometric.  Go to their website, and create an account.  Then follow the instructions for your certification.  Be ...
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Getting Certified? Here’s How to Prepare for Your Exam

You have been diligently studying the material in preparation for the exam.  The next step is to start practicing in a simulated exam environment, so you get comfortable with the look and feel of the testing environment and the test questions.

What to expect – The testing authority usually has a web page that explains what sort of test you will be taking, and what ...

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Getting Certified? Here’s How To Study For Your Certs

There are many different ways to go about studying for and passing a certification exam.  Not every method will work for all people.  Here are some techniques that I have used to prepare for, pass, and maintain my professional certifications.

Why Certify? – There is no denying that experience is the best teacher, and time on the job is one of the major criteria used ...

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Safe and Legal Places to Exercise Your Pen-Testing Foo

In our last post we looked at a great way to set up a pen-testing lab.  Fortunately, the quandary over finding a safe place to practice your pen-testing skills has led to the creation of dozens of hacker-friendly learning sites.  Several have been provided by OWASP, and there are other contributors out there with multiple sites.  Here are a bunch of good options.

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Tools for Pentration Testing

I have been fortunate to have had time to pursue a couple of information technology certifications recently.  I have added CompTIA’s Network+ and CASP (Certified Advanced Security Professional), and I am working on the brand new CompTIA Pentest+.  The certification is so new there are no text books yet, and the exam was just released on July 31.  I have been taking the ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

10/24/2017 07:32 AM EDT  Original release date: October 24, 2017

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. The month’s themes educate students and professionals about cybersecurity attack methods, best practices, and preventive measures and ...

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Speaking at 2017 ISSA International Conference

I am honored to be presenting at the 2017 ISSA International Conference, October 9-11 in San Diego, CA. This year’s theme is “Digital Danger Zone.” Please join me for networking, education, and fun.

I will be presenting “Shields Up for WordPress Web Sites and Blogs.”  This presentation covers the threat of website hijacking, what an attacker wants to do with your website, ...

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Why Would You Hire A Hacker?

CEH-logoShould you hire a hacker?  Recently, the US Department of Defense did just that in their “Hack the Pentagon” event this spring.  This event resulted in the discovery of over 200 vulnerabilities that have been remediated, making our Defense network more secure.

The hackers we are recommending would be Certified Ethical Hackers (CEH) or Offensive Security Certified Professionals (OSCP).  These are professional cybersecurity practitioners who have received the specialized training to ...

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