SDL Episode15

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Secure Digital Life #15

Recorded May 16, 2017 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!

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  • Doug White
    Cybersecurity professor, President of Secure Technology, and Security Weekly network host.
  • Russell Beauchemin
    Cybersecurity & Network Security Program Advisor and Director of Instructional Support & Learning Innovation at Roger Williams University.
  • What you thought you knew but didn't actually know or maybe you did when it comes to Certification!

    So what is certification anyway? A way to carry your skills from place to place. Call it a currency for skills. A cool way to put letters after your name? A substitute for documented work experience? (Check Processor II)

    What certifications should I need to be a H@x0r? Well, good with that. Certifications can be useful but you need to be able to demonstrate the skills too.

    Where to start? First, look at the jobs you want on or What certs do those jobs require? A+ required, S+ desired. Check out the certs on Security Weekly or better still talk to people who work in the area where you are interested.

    Do I really need it? Ask yourself, do I really need this cert? Ink Addiction Remember, you will have to maintain some certs or recert. If you're in school, you may have a cert expire before you can even be eligible for the job.

    How to get it? Self Study ITPROTV Community colleges/cisco academies/university Boot camps

    Is it worth it? If it's required? ROI -- CCNA is called a 70k cert? Not all certs are worth anything at all Esoterica Cool things Work experience reqs

    Entry Level Certs Comptia -- A+, N+, S+ Cisco -- CCNA/CCENT Hacking/Pen Testing -- CEH Forensics -- CCE/GCFA (ISFCE, SANS) Audit - Assurance -- CISA/CISM (ISACA)