- My experience and recommendations with CompTIA certs,
- Taking certs as part of my degree and are they worth it?
- What’s next?
my experience so far
When I started with my journey into a Cybersecurity career, I knew taking a certification or two would be part of it. I began studying for the Security+ right away which in mho is a good place to start when you are coming with another background or know very little about security. I highly recommend Professor Messer Youtube videos and Darril Gibson‘ Security+ text. You must also use Dion Training for Network+ resources on Udemy, trust me and thank me later! For A+ I heavily relied on core concepts and key terms found on this website. Once you get an idea of the type of questions CompTIA uses for their test, you can begin to study concepts and key terms from the objectives, don’t ignore any of them and check them off as you go along. Take several practice tests when you think you’re ready and if you get anything less than 80% go back and review the missed concepts.
certification or degree? why not both?
I got so excited after I got this cert, let me tell you! I was so proud of myself but then the reality sank in. I needed more than just one cert to break into IT, duh! I found my way to WGU through a Reddit post (anyone else use it when they’re confused?) I thought I maybe getting some certs but my degree will grant me several industry standard certs including ITIL, AWS SysOps.
The future of security will be the quiet effortless flush of protecting vast interconnected systems, infrastructures and securing of global data.
The future of security will be the quiet effortless flush of protecting vast interconnected systems, infrastructures and securing of global data Just studying is not enough, get your hands in the technology and take apart an unused CPU, get your hands on the concepts in security and networking that will give you the confidence you are going to need.
There are two way you can go about doing this, I describe this as the Astronaut vs Astronomer scenario. If you want to get more technical with security and networking, you need to start using tools that Analysts and Pentesters use regularly. Learn how to use ssh, get comfortable using command line in Linux environments. Maybe start using Kali tools. This is the Astronaut scenario. You not only want to learn about space but you wanna take a stroll on the moon.
The 2nd scenario is the Astronomer category. That might be less technical and more security compliance, research, Risk management and analysis. This field is HUGE and whatever you choose, there is a place for you!
For me, I may fall somewhere in the middle. I enjoy learning the technology, I love being able to affect controls, I love locking all the doors and hiding all the keys. But I also LOVE looking at the big picture, I like being on the curve, peeking ahead into what security will look like in the future! I see the current era of security akin to the beginning of modern plumbing, it’s new, it’s important, it’s all we talk about. The future of security will be the quiet effortless flush of protecting vast interconnected systems, infrastructures and securing of global data. Yes, I like to peer into the deep future…are you in for the long game?