Introduce Yourself β€” TechExams Community Tue, 26 Mar 2019 05:50:10 +0000 en Introduce Yourself β€” TechExams Community Looking for communities to aid in becoming one with IT Thu, 07 Mar 2019 21:22:09 +0000 Introduce Yourself ebparadise 135042@/discussions
Would anybody recommend any other sources of communities or websites where I can surround myself with more IT?

It's very nice to meet everybody here and I hope to see your names around.
Whats up, Fellow Techs Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:52:00 +0000 Introduce Yourself shaunburton85 134891@/discussions
I've taken my A+ 901 exam twice to no avail. I am working on  passing my 900 series before it expires this summer. I decided to join a forum to discover advice from others who have been successful in passing their exams.

Thank you,
Just beginning Fri, 08 Feb 2019 22:38:25 +0000 Introduce Yourself atday08 134864@/discussions
I am just beginning my studies for the compTIA A+. My goal is to have the exams done and passed by September.

I decided that after applying a few times for entry level positions over the years and not getting the job I needed to do something to give myself a better chance.

From everything that I have read A+ is the best way to get my foot in the door and get the job experience people want. Ultimately I think that I want to get into networking, this is where I get a little lost.

What is the best path for me to take to get from where I am now, working in a local credit union, to where I want to be which is in IT?

I appreciate any help and look forward to being a part of this community!]]>
Newbie seeking security advice Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:59:37 +0000 Introduce Yourself Dhrayco 135118@/discussions But I feel like my case is unique.
I'm Victor from Africa. Been on and off various networking jobs. Have Indepth knowledge in Cisco CCNA & CCNP and Checkpoint CCSA. Also recently started software dev (don't know how this would fit in... Wish I had a mentor). Decided this year that I needed these certifications to advance properly in my career. (the love for music stole almost 5 years from really focusing on my passion for network security). 
Then just as I was about to venture into actually getting certified... I stumble on ceh, crisc, cissp, cism, etc.... I Google top IT security certifications and I'm stunned to find that none of my beloved certifications are listed. 
The thing is now I'm a bit confused on what to focus on. After a lot of reading online about vendor specific vs vendor neutral certs which eventually brought me here... I find that people always say "well it depends"...
I wish I can have a straight and clearly defined path/advice on what to do first considering that I'm not financially free to just get em all (even though I'd really love that) initially I always thought it was CCNA to get my foot in, then CCNP then CCSA then CCNA Security (to me I'm thinking, switch to router to firewalls to CCNA Security to know about threats.. U know... Naive logical thinking). But now  learning about vendor specific vs vendor neutral... I'm scared of spending a lot of money getting a certification and then limiting my job search by myself since all I gunned for was vendor specific.
Any further enlightenment will be really appreciated, considering I'm in Africa. Here Cisco basically seemed like the go to certification if u want to do networking, almost all job opportunities list that as requirements, but I'd also like to be prepared for opportunities abroad too. I never really thought about it as a vendor specific cert... That may limit me. I just thought of it like a network cerrification. I dunno how to contrruct my specific question but I just hope people can relate and guide me based on my short story😊]]>
Hello! Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:01:10 +0000 Introduce Yourself d7moore 135036@/discussions Huge "hello" to everyone!

After 20+ years in IT, with the last 10 desiring and trying to break into a security position, I passed the Security+ exam on Feb 1st. I currently work in a hospital with the Information Security team. It's a great spot because I can cross train with the Vulnerability Team. Since expressing an interest, I've been granted "read" access to Nexpose which I can use for my true role.

Jasper says hello (Tampa, FL) Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:20:00 +0000 Introduce Yourself jasper_zanjani 135006@/discussions Hey guys! I feel like I'm introducing myself to the entire IT world. Let me start by giving you a little bit of background on myself.
Since getting my Master's in 2008, I had been working as a translator for the federal government close to DC. Since last year, I made the decision to relocate to Tampa in order to be closer to my daughter. Obviously, there is an absence of federal agencies in Florida that would be interested in my linguistic capabilities, so I decided to make the transition to technology. And I believe the safest bet is for me to move into system or network administration.
My grand strategy is to push for a help desk position at the moment. I received my CompTIA A+ on my first try late last month after a few weeks of studying off a used exam study guide (for the older 220-801 and 2 exam editions at that!) and some practice exams. In the medium-term I am preparing to get a Cisco CCENT (exam 100-105) and MCSA (exam 70-698), which I hope will be enough to let me squeeze in somewhere as a junior network administrator despite my lack of actual work experience in the field.
In the longer-term, I want to pursue PCAP (Python Institute) and CompTIA Linux+. I believe a role managing a Linux network would represent the best marriage of my technical interests with the reality of the actual opportunities available. If I ever get there, I would like to transition to full-stack web development, but there do not appear to be many opportunities for that type of position here.
I would welcome comment, criticism, or reality-checks of any types.
Everyone reading this should find me on Twitter and LinkedIn, especially if you're in Florida. Let's network!
Greeting Techs Wed, 27 Feb 2019 06:41:40 +0000 Introduce Yourself Kopala 134994@/discussions
I just completed my first bachelor's degree in I.T-Security with SMC university (Swiss management center) which is an online program, i opted for this program because of its flexibility in payments and studies for people in third countries.

I work as a cashier in our national utility company, upon completion of my degree all i have are theories and practical and no exposure to industrial ICT.

i plan to start certifications with compTia from A+ to Security +, to acquire more knowledge.

Any advice is all welcome, i will appreciate.

Warm regards.  ]]>
themanwholaughs - old techexams member Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:13:33 +0000 Introduce Yourself themanwholaughs 134713@/discussions
My expertise is networking, sql database, cloud networking, security, etc.

I look forward to helping people out in the community as well. My twitter is . have a good day and happy studying.

Newbie / Advise Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:24:23 +0000 Introduce Yourself JB_15 134771@/discussions
I am a newbie in this community. I love technology and have recently got my MCSE in Productivity. 

I now need advice on the Cloud vendor to focus on as I would like to learn and work wit cloud technology. I have never worked on either Azure or AWS, so I am a total newbie. 

I would like advice on which one to start on, to get solid foundation on cloud computing.

Thanks in advance.

New Member Wed, 30 Jan 2019 19:05:29 +0000 Introduce Yourself annamae 134775@/discussions Also, a little about me, I am a course manager at Freewater Technologies and so far from my searching around I have learned a lot that I didn't even know I wanted to know. :smile:]]> InfoSec Pro for Collaboration Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:28:48 +0000 Introduce Yourself lamont29 134758@/discussions I am a security professional hoping to collaborate with like minded professionals. I hope to learn a lot from all of the professionals in this forum. I can also share my knowledge, experience and expertise as well.]]> Howzit! Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:49:11 +0000 Introduce Yourself LooseyGoosey 134724@/discussions ]]> Hello from RI Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:06:43 +0000 Introduce Yourself auxiliary 134709@/discussions Reason why i joined this group is get some answers from the community that i may have and be able to contribute as time goes on. 
I been in IT for a long time.
My mother bought me a Commodore VIC 20 in the 80's, I stared tearing down machines and building in the 90's and then in the early 2000's i started to work as a professional. 
I currently do not have a college degree, since i changed majors a few times, i should of just stuck with what i know....computers.
Now that i am out of work, i have hands on job experience and skills i learned myself.
Oh one more thing, i technically don't have any certifications, well i have one. 
For 2019, this is going to be the year that i learn more skills, but validate them to back them up on my resume.
I have been rejected a few times already since I don't have A+ and/or MCSA as a must have requirement.

So my goal is to get somethings under my belt, and i am even entertaining moving to another profession. Currently i am looking for desktop work but i loved my last role as a Infrastructure Analyst. Would entertain, programming, cloud base, networking, or security.....will see.

So to touch base, the one cert i do have is the Google IT Support Professional Certificate that i just acquired yesterday and banged out in a week. I am going to post something on that since i saw very little about it, and when i went for it, i had unanswered questions, that now i have answers to.
Hello from France Sun, 02 Dec 2018 15:56:18 +0000 Introduce Yourself Luckan 134303@/discussions
I come from East of France, currently working in infosec. I browse this forum for many years now and was very useful to get some certifications.

I currently  have  : McAfee product specialist - ePO (2017)
Comptia Security+ (2018)
PRINCE2 foundation and practionner (2018)
(isc)Β² SSCP (2018)

I planned to also do TOGAF this year but dropped the idea. My plan for 2019 is CISSP.

New kid on the block Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:40:36 +0000 Introduce Yourself Thattechkid 134603@/discussions
My name is Ricardo Pearce, im 19 years old and from South Africa, I recently got my CCENT in November 2018 and currently working on the CCNA full cert.  

im currently working as Junior Field Engineer and hoping to move my way up to a senior network engineer by the end of the year. 

My path for 2019 is to have CCNA by the 7th of Feb, full CCNP by August and to start with CCDP in September.

thank you all]]>
One of the First TechExams Lurkers Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:35:50 +0000 Introduce Yourself mvparish 134611@/discussions ]]> Hello, World! Sun, 06 Jan 2019 01:34:15 +0000 Introduce Yourself wiremonk 134577@/discussions
I just signed up for the site. I'm currently working primarily on Cisco Voice projects. I am studying for the CCNA in Collaboration. I also get landed with a number of Voice over wireless lan issues at work so I will likely be poking around the wireless part of the site as well. 

Newbie Mon, 31 Dec 2018 04:21:48 +0000 Introduce Yourself jcorbett11 134529@/discussions Hello All Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:39:27 +0000 Introduce Yourself rmalone630819 134507@/discussions lots of new things. My background as an old TDM man seemed much more straight-forward and easier to remember.  There is so much to learn  with this old brain of mine! Recommendations appreciated.
Fresh to the Forum! Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:02:47 +0000 Introduce Yourself mhvsvn 134504@/discussions
I'm a 20 year old from NYC, with the A+ & Net+ certs. Fixed my first cracked iPhone screen about 6 years ago, and built my first PC about 5 years ago. Uhh, I went to college for a few years but didn't end up with any degree. Unfortunately I don't have the time or money to go back either. Right now I work at Geek Squad as an Advanced Repair Agent, basically doing hardware and software diagnostics/repairs and data backups/transfers. Only been here for a couple months and being a seasonal employee, the hours aren't great.

I'm in the market for a new job, been applying to anything and everything on Indeed, Monster, CG, you name it. If anyone has any advice or anything, I really appreciate it! Happy new year y'all ]]>
I’ll go first! Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:57:34 +0000 Introduce Yourself Meggo 134146@/discussions Hey everyone!

My name is Megan and I’m a member of the product team at InfoSec Institute. Outside of work, you’ll find me spending time with my horse, Huey, and hanging with my dogs, Bella and Naula. I’m addicted to PokΓ©mon GO (pm me if you want to trade friend codes!), and am also a recovering WoW addict. If you’re playing the new expansion, I’m always looking for people to play with.  :)

I’ve been a TechExams member for about six months now and am blown away by the professionalism and kindness I see in this community. I look forward to getting to know you all more in the coming months and years.

See you online!

Looks great! Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:51:25 +0000 Introduce Yourself keatron 134426@/discussions
Keatron Evans]]>
Hi Sat, 08 Dec 2018 03:55:50 +0000 Introduce Yourself kamathi 134366@/discussions Hello there ^__^ Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:12:02 +0000 Introduce Yourself Practical 134328@/discussions hey guys.
I'm pretty happy to find a community that offers support in the security industry.
I was hoping to find a mentor or a friend that can level up with me in this industry as there is nobody that lives around me wants to join this field.or at least someone that can tell me that I'm on the right path. That would be very reassuring and would stop me from knocking all the bottles just to find the right one and then start it feels like I've been wasting a lot of potential :"D
this is my background
I come from a problem solving software development background that's why i started with exploit development with sams class it was pretty cool
I took quiet a few courses online for CEH , Ethical hacking , networking , network security , Linux administration guides and some of MIT Courses were pretty inspiring.
now I'm on the path of a bug bounty hunting i know it's a different beat on it's own but it's worth the effort.I hope to start a freelancing job that could help me with my learning process.
If anyone is interested please feel free to drop me a message ^_^.
Hi Fri, 23 Nov 2018 03:43:38 +0000 Introduce Yourself tamilni 134230@/discussions First Post from a Lurker Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:17:55 +0000 Introduce Yourself Denise0607 134180@/discussions Hi all. I'm Denise. I've actually been a member of TE for 2 years but never posted. However, I have learned A LOT! I remember when I first joined, I was seeking information about the CompTIA exams to join the IT industry. But this forum has provided soooo much more insight than I expected. I had learned so much about so many different careers I never knew existed and was stumped for a while about which direction I should go in.
I found myself frequenting the posts regarding infosec, particularly the offensive side of the aisle. Reading and researching about red teaming led me to r/netsec, r/netsecstudents, security blogs, podcasts, and so much more - which eventually led to interests in other areas of security. Talk about confused! I've never worked in IT or dev before and knew I needed to start somewhere, but couldn't stop myself from falling down the proverbial rabbit hole of security. Information overload. Seriously.
Coincidentally, the more I learned, the more I realized I wasn't ready. The subjects I found myself most interested in and most excited to learn about required more education than I possessed. Reverse engineering, quantum computing, cryptography, and more recently, a growing interest in blockchain development and security. A far cry from the content of CompTIA exams which is what originally brought me here. Lol.
So I decided a while back that I needed to start at the beginning and go back to school to finish a degree. Currently, I'm working my way towards a bachelor's degree in computer science. I wanted a solid foundation to build upon. Eventually, I'll find my niche and hopefully take off from there.
Anyway, I come back here to lurk often. Saw that you guys updated the site - looks great btw!
Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to say HI!! And thanks, TE. For setting me down this path.
New to the forum - hello! Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:19:36 +0000 Introduce Yourself kmmcekn 134147@/discussions
Hiya Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:01:37 +0000 Introduce Yourself coextending 134179@/discussions Hey everyone,
I am a relatively new member here at TechExams, I joined basically right before the site switch so it has been an interesting change.

I have been interested in computers my whole life but never took the time to get certified so that's what I am doing now! I have been studying really hard for my Network+ and plan to sit for the exam next month. I feel super confident as I trudge through these videos by PM. I can't wait to post my results here. I am also looking to go for Security+ and MCSA. Maybe down the line, in a few years go for C | EH and CISSP and all kinds of fun certifications ahead. My end goal career path is cybersecurity... My biggest dream is to work at the NSA, and no that's not the spaceship, to-the-moon, agency. I hope to get to know everyone here and wish me luck on my Network+ exam.]]>
New look, same mod... Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:46:32 +0000 Introduce Yourself JDMurray 134166@/discussions
When I'm not helping people on TE, I am a SecOps team manager in the Verizon Threat Management Center, Irvine, CA location. I also make training materials and teach on the side.

You can also find me in TF2 (Skial 2FORT LA), Minecraft, and Pokemon Go (my trainer code: 5397 7909 7462).