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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Hoarders on the Internet – The Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is an organization whose self-proclaimed task is to save a copy of everything on the Internet – forever.  If you want to see what a website looked like and the content it contained at a certain point in historical time, you can use the Wayback Machine to find it.  The Internet Archive is currently adding 4 petabytes (4 million gigabytes) per year to its treasure trove.

The Internet Archive ...

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The Must Have Characteristics of a Cybersecurity Pro

So you think you want to be a cybersecurity professional?  Or maybe you know (or are) a middle school (that’s right, start ’em young),  high school, or college student who is looking at cybersec as a career path.  What personality characteristics would you need to be successful?  What drives, motivates, and challenges a cybersecurity professional?  Just what kind of wingnut are ...

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Security Policies That Respect Users

Often it seems that security policies are designed with the assumption that average computer users are ID10Ts (idiot users).  Related terms such as PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair), PICNIC (Problem In Chair, Not In Computer), IBM error (Idiot Behind Machine error) and other similar phrases illustrate the dark side of our interactions with our users.  Sometimes we allow our ...

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Make Cyber Awareness Training Fun

There are members of the cybersecurity profession who say that Cybersecurity Awareness Training is a waste of time and money, because the average computer user just doesn’t care or can’t retain technical information.  To them, I repeat a quote from Eppie Lederer aka Ann Landers –  “If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.”  I firmly believe that one of the best returns on investment in the cybersecurity realm is Cybersecurity Awareness Training for your employees.

You and your employees are ...

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