Posts Tagged ‘testing’

Final CISSP Class Tonight

About 9 weeks ago I began the CyberVista CISSP Training Course.  I knew going in that I might not be able to sit for the test for a while, mostly due to the fact that I don’t yet have a job in security, and that is a requirement.  I could try and get some entry level security type job, but the fact of the matter is, I’m not ready.

I have been on a couple of interviews, mostly for jobs just outside security, and I realize that the elephant in the room for me is routing and switching.  I am scared to death of it, I am letting it intimidate me, and I am done not knowing all the things I need to know solid.   It is time to face this fear and knock it down.  So I will finish my class this week, but starting today, I am going to start studying for the CCNA Routing & Switching.  I will sit for both tests by the end of January.  After that, I plan to study for and take the CCNA Security test by the beginning of March.  When I have completed that, I will have gotten my CCNA CyberOps, CCNA Routing & Switching and my CCNA Security in a year.  Once I have those certifications in my pocket, I will get a Security job which should then allow me to study for a couple of months and then take the CISSP Exam.  It is then my plan to start focusing on Cloud Technology by getting Amazon Certifications next year.

I will change my future, and I can do this!

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First step is complete

I haven’t written much lately, have had my nose in either a book or my computer studying to take the two test that will earn me my CCNA in Cybersecurity.  It has been very hard.  I started the adventure back on April 1 and have studied every single day since then.  I has been hard, fun, challenging, exciting, and miserable all together.  I knew next to nothing going into this about security, and I now know a bit more.  I have gone deeper into the Windows OS, worked long hours in Linux, used some awesome OpenSource tools and will now sit for my first of two tests tomorrow morning.

I am nervous, but feel moderately prepared.  I have heard from others that this test is the easier of the two, but that is from people who have been working in Networking for a while so I am not sure their opinions are relevant for me.

I promised myself a bit over a year ago now that I would dive in and try some new tech skills until something stuck that inspired and amazed me.  I have tried web development and security now and I love them both.  Cybersecurity is probably the best fit of all.  Some development with a bunch of security is exactly what I love.  Do hard things, make a change, believe in yourself. . and wish me luck tomorrow!