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  • I will be registering for January 2012 time frame. I appreciate you posting some links and advice, I will check that out when I get home tonight. I am ready for the challenge!
  • ipchain wrote: » Looks like I should be resuming my OSCP studies by Jan 2012 as well. Study group anyone? Let's create a different thread so we can start bouncing ideas off each other! Sounds like a great idea! I know R2Shadow will be doin…
    in Oscp Comment by ibcritn December 2011
  • I wanted to do the 90 day OSCP in Jan. 2012 as well.
    in Oscp Comment by ibcritn December 2011
  • -Linux administration - Linux+ -Intrusion Analysis - GCIA -Pen testing skills - I want to take OSCP -Project Management - ISSMP, ISSEP
  • In an MSP which requires you to wear MANY hats, as you grow the one thing that will set you apart from the rest is you specializing in one area. Once you begin to grow and X becomes large enough that we need a guy that can handle everything else PL…
  • I think for your area it would be very reasonable to expect that salary. I mean cost of living is pretty high in that area I believe, so 75-80k is reasonable. I was at an MSP and it sounds very similar. From my experience MSP's tend to pay less…
  • I eat at my desk and continue to work usually, but I do work 9 hour days and get off every other Friday....so I can't complain.
  • I find it very common for employers to pay for the degree. I get a certain amount every year as a benefit for graduate school.....so I take advantage of it. I think an M.S. will open more doors.....not sure i'd pay for it knowing how most places…
  • InfoSec Daily Pauldotcom Podcast I either listen to this or some SANS training on my commute to work....uses commute time wisely.
  • Sounds like you are with a smaller company (I know I come from that background). They may have seen your ability and said "Oh wow, what a great resource we can move him to management or more responsibility, but he wont have the experience to dema…
    in Pay Raise Comment by ibcritn July 2011
  • Starting out A+ introduces you to quite a foundation of PC repair and introduces you to some networking concepts. Looking back I regret spending the $$ on A+, but having said that it could help you land an entry-level IT support role. The most i…
  • Congrats! Good luck to you in your future goals. If you plan to head the Cisco route --- you better love subnetting
  • For systems Cert wise I would say M$ is a good course to take if you plan to be Windows centric. The one thing that can set a good admin apart is the ability to keep things talking and understanding how to use protocol analyzers to identify issue…
  • I believe the intention of ISC2 is that you find someone that has worked with you to sponsor you for CISSP. I might be wrong, so please someone chime in here and correct me. I would suggest just allow ISC2 to be your sponsor thats what I did and…
  • docrice wrote: » Bravo on the pass. I doubt I could have done any better without having taken SEC504. SEC503 is a tough one though, I'll warn you. While the GCIH's objectives are rather broad and high-level (relatively speaking), the GCIA div…
    in Passed GCIH Comment by ibcritn June 2011
  • To some degree yes I have been fighting malware and worms across systems for a while which had a portion of the objectives covered. Some of the more programmatic objectives like Format String Attacks caused me issues for sure. Counter Hack Reloa…
    in Passed GCIH Comment by ibcritn June 2011
  • Bottom Line if you are going to make it in this field you need to study A LOT. As technology evolves and changes your skills do as well, but you knew that. I suggest setting aside a few days a week where you go to an area (Man Cave, Lab, Library…
    in boot camps Comment by ibcritn June 2011
  • First what do you want to do? Sounds like your starting out and you'll likely be in a support type role, but do you want to work towards working with Cisco switches/routers, etc. If you do want to work with them the CCNA is a great choice. If y…
  • For pen testing GPEN and OSCP are some good options. OSCP being more lab oriented hands on and GPEN having those parts about it for sure, but also jumping into the business side of pen testing. Security though CISSP is the top dollar no matter…
  • RBB22 wrote: » Thank you N2IT. Do you have any suggestions on how to go about studying for the CCNA? I have checked into the certification kits that are advertised on this site. I like the hands on portion that a kit can give you rather than ju…
  • docrice wrote: » My experience with Global Knowledge has also been generally positive (ice cream Fridays). Their live instructor-led courses can get pretty pricy as well, depending on which one you take. They also have Foundstone Ultimate Hackin…
  • shaqazoolu wrote: » I know a few people that have worked for IBM before and "they will run you into the ground" seems to be a pretty consistent opinion of working there. I have heard the same thing from a few people.
  • Armymanis wrote: » I've been working since I was 16 and kind of need a break for awhile. Took a year off, but I kind of want to finish my AA, and then finish my Bachelors and then by the time I am 23 or 24 when i finish my bachelors, I will get an…
  • Very cool!
  • JDMurray wrote: » That makes no sense at all. What contractual requirement is being fulfilled by having people get a random IT certification? What's the government directive? It sounds like DoDD 8570 because you need both a base cert (say S…
  • I think you are on a good start to get your foot in the door with a CCNA. Then the way you progress will depend highly on the organization and your career goals, which will likely change as you gain more experience. From NOC to NOC you can have …
  • Jinuyr wrote: » Are the tests not done on computers? Correct they are scan-tron and booklet tests for all ISC2 exams. My experience was similar (Hotel, old wooden desks that weren't flat and had cracks all throughout them)
  • Pen testing can be quite boring. Dealing with exploits offensively doesn't have to be boring....some intelligence jobs that deal with exploits offensively to "bad guys" yea I think that's what people expect when they think pen testing. I know …
  • Stochastic13 wrote: » Since I'm going to be in school for another four years does in make sense for me to take CompTia certs to help me get internships or should I just concentrate on school since the certs expire in three years? CompTIA Se…
  • Demand - Yes rather large demand atm. Will you start out in security? Maybe...it won't be easy and you likely wont be good at it unless you have serious hands on experience with the technology typically earned through administration type roles. …