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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IP Addressing and Subnetting for Certification Students

If you are an information technology or cybersecurity professional, and you are planning to study for and take a networking certification such as CompTIA’s Network+ or Cisco’s CCENT, CCNA, or CCNP, then you will need to know and understand IP addressing, subnetting, and supernetting inside and out.  When I was studying for the CCNA years ago, I put together a set of subnetting spreadsheets, and eventually shared it on my ...

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Friday Phish Fry

Phishing Email Alerts

Catch of the Day:  Fake IT Support Phish

Chef’s Special:  Inactive Email Account Phish

Examples of clever phish that made it past my spam filters and into my Inbox, or from clients, or reliable sources on the Internet.

I would be delighted to accept suspicious phishing examples from you.  Please forward your email to phish@wyzguys.com.

My intention is to provide ...

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