Any certification that includes Certificates (no not the piece of paper the technical kind)?

gettinoldgettinold Member Posts: 23 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hi,

I have about 23 years in the field now as a Windows guy. Unfortunately, at every turn I am being asked to perform tasks using certificates. I know nothing about certs.

This kind:



I can watch these videos but they are not sticking. Even if I start to pick up a freckle of what they are, I find myself discouraged when I am tasked to perform varying tasks with them.

Any certs out there that covers these? Sure I can watch videos, etc but I feel that I do have some learning and comprehension disabilities along with ADHD.

I figure if I might as will just add another certificate to my belt (the other type lol) to the alphabet soup that keeps me working if I am going to learn more.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.
Old, burnt out with this field and want it easy just like I did 22 years ago when I started IT. Some things never change. They used to call me a paper MCSE but now they can't stop calling me. What can I say, IT has gotten me through the horrors of life. It has been almost as loyal as man's best friend.

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  • gettinoldgettinold Member Posts: 23 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nothing? Guess I have to learn this stuff on the job?
    Old, burnt out with this field and want it easy just like I did 22 years ago when I started IT. Some things never change. They used to call me a paper MCSE but now they can't stop calling me. What can I say, IT has gotten me through the horrors of life. It has been almost as loyal as man's best friend.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,537 Admin
    I think the statement "perform tasks using certificates" has me thinking of digital certificates rather than human training certifications.

  • gettinoldgettinold Member Posts: 23 ■■■□□□□□□□
    That is exactly it.
    Old, burnt out with this field and want it easy just like I did 22 years ago when I started IT. Some things never change. They used to call me a paper MCSE but now they can't stop calling me. What can I say, IT has gotten me through the horrors of life. It has been almost as loyal as man's best friend.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,537 Admin
    I suggest that you find out from your IT department who your approved digital certificate provider(s) is and read their documentation for how to request and use their digital certs.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,397 Mod
    I dont know if there is a certification that address this, but the question is why? Why do you want to learn and practice this through a certification?

    Why not setup a lab and go through the guides/Google/Documentation and practice it on your own? seems a lot quicker this way
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  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,033 ■■■■■■■■■■
    UnixGuy said:
     Why do you want to learn and practice this through a certification?


    Because the TE crowd is at all about certs  o:)
    Alphabet soup from (ISC)2, ISACA, GIAC, EC-Council, Microsoft, ITIL, Cisco, Scrum, CompTIA and more.

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  • FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny CISSP, OSCP, CEH, RHCE, GCCC, Pentest+, PSM-1, alphabet soupMember Posts: 170 ■■■■□□□□□□
    gettinold said:

    Unfortunately, at every turn I am being asked to perform tasks using certificates. I know nothing about certs.

    Right! Now you're talking my kind of party! 

    PKI and certificates are my favorite hobby! I even run two in-house classes for our engineers and colleagues: one about the fundamentals of crypto and certs (why, what, how, when) and the other more technically in-depth about how our engineers are supposed to automated the process of managing these certificates in their CI/CD pipelines. 

    From time to time I teach that intro class to people on the CertStation and /r/comptia Discord servers. If you like we can set something up, so I can run you through the basics :)

    https://discord.gg/dfZmfCH7
    https://discord.gg/zETr7YUJ

    As to official trainings etc. you will not find exactly what you're looking for. 

    * Security+ covers the fundamentals I also cover, but probably a bit less.
    * CISSP covers the fundamentals I also cover in my class.
    * Mark Cooper "the PKI guy!" has great in-depth trainings on running a PKI 
    * Venafi said they had a nice article explaining how to learn this, but they don't. :(
    * There's other vendors who offer generic PKI trainings, or product-focused trainings (Thales, other HSMs and so)

    There's nothing that really explains to a devops engineer: this is what crypto is, this is what certs are, this is what you have to do with them... Which is why I made those in-house trainings. 

    Otherwise, the best way is as you said: on the job, making it work by reading documentation. 
    CISSP, OSCP, CEH, GCCC, RHCSA, RHCE, Pentest+, Linux+, PSM-1, alphabet soup...

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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,397 Mod
    @FluffyBunny sounds like an awesome class! There is definitely a gap in this area
    Certs: GSTRT, GPEN, GCFA, CISM, CRISC, RHCE

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