Weekend Update

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


September Special Events

September is a busy time for me, there are a wedding anniversary, and three birthdays in my family in the first week.  Then there are a panoply of other special events.  At least they are special enough to be recognized in this weblog.  Here they are.  Please celebrate responsibly.  Or not.  But have some fun, we all ...

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Let Jobs Find You With LinkedIn – Part 1

Having trouble finding a job in Information Technology or Cybersecurity?  You may be doing it wrong.  Once you have a fully developed LinkedIn profile, jobs should be finding you.

Having a well developed profile on social network sites seems like a hassle, and if you are avoiding the social scene, LinkedIn needs to be an exception.  Especially if you are sending resumes to ...

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Stages of a Career in Technology and Cybersecurity – Part 1

As it happens I have had a wonderful 20 year career in Information technology and cybersecurity, and the career continues with new adventures.   While thinking about my IT career, I came to see it as a succession of steps.

For people just starting an IT or cybersecurity career, especially students in high school and college, your teachers and professors will place a lot of emphasis on planning your career and work ...

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Learning How to Install, Configure, Maintain, and Repair a Computer

Today I am continuing the thread I started last week about breaking into information technology and cybersecurity as a career.  Let’s begin at the beginning.  No matter where you end up in your career, you can expect to start in an entry level position in a repair center, help desk, or desk side support team.  To be qualified for this position you need to know how to install, configure, maintain, and ...

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How to Get Experience

One of the persistent questions I am asked, as an instructor, is a variation of:   “Every job I apply for wants experience, how do I get experience without a job?”  The flip side of that question comes from IT managers, and sounds like:  “We see too many candidates with computer degrees that lack any hands on computer experience or working knowledge of computers or networking.”

The problem is most college degree ...

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How I Got A Job In Cybersecurity

How do you get a job in cybersecurity?  Here’s how it worked for me.

I have joined several LinkedIn and Facebook groups that are focused on cybersecurity, and very frequently there is a post from a newcomer asking the question “How do I get a job in cybersecurity?”  The actual question can vary, from “what certifications are best, where can I look for ...

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Certification Testing During the Pandemic

As an instructor of information technology and cybersecurity certification prep classes, my students have all expressed concern about taking the certification exam.  Ideally, a student reads the text, takes the classes, uses a good practice exam for testing preparation, and when it all comes together, schedules an exam, takes and passes the exam.  There is a perfect moment when test taking is ...

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