Professional Development — TechExams Community Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:58:09 +0000 en Professional Development — TechExams Community Career change help and guidance. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:22:03 +0000 Professional Development Hirobrad 135151@/discussions
- Penetration testing
- Cybercrime forensic analysis
- Mobile forensics 
- Professional secure networks
In additional to having completed this I would like to complete some certifications to some competence in areas. I am aware that experience wins over certs, however I do not currently have experience, my certs are hopefully a way of getting my foot in the door. The certs I am hoping to have completed are: 

- Linux+ 
- PCAP / PPAP (Python programming) 

While on the course I will also be completing work that will allow me to complete the CCNA - Cyber Obs and the CEH.

I have looked online for more helping and it seems that lots of people seem to have conflicting opinions about courses. Do you believe this just comes down to personal preference. 

Have I missed anything out that is needed for junior security roles? Any help would be amazing. ]]>
Learning Coding vs More Certifications Sat, 02 Mar 2019 19:40:29 +0000 Professional Development tjb122982 135010@/discussions ]]> Current role and title change. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:30:23 +0000 Professional Development ISOman 135099@/discussions Hi

This may be one for managers but anyone's free to throw a thought in.

8 months ago I became an information security officer working purely non technical anymore coming from a tech you background. As I had a fair bit of iso27001 knowledge but lacked direct experience I came in just under mid pay for that role. Fair enough. 

The new role has now dissolved as the company has set up a SOC which I've joined but this time it's far more technical as well as doing the iso27001 role duties. I have also now passed my iso27001 lead implementer exam and ejpt in that time. There's also a security engineers role, which I DO have direct experience with and if I would have applied for that role would have asked for at least mid point of the money offered which is 3k more that what I'm on now. Due the outside circumstances I couldn't apply for that role. 

So 2 questions please?

I've asked for a title change to reflect the dual duties ( and I am covering a lot more work than I did as the information security officer alone ) but it also plays to my strengths. So hiring wise ( and with plenty of certs and experience ) what would be better resume wise for the future ( I didn't expect to return to hands on but I do like it, but the money side I need to look after myself). The title of information security officer, which I think suggests a non tech and governance role or IT security specialist which suggests both? Looking at the job market and with the 27001 Lead auditor added to my certs and some pentesting via the eJPT I can already see plenty of position and the all important £££'s sign.

Also am I justified asking for a raise to the mid point on the engineers role considering a lot of that role is what I have and what I do as well as the iso role? I've already put this up for discussion with my new boss.

I've no need to move on as I'm earning and learning and its a nice team but another 6 months I could have bigger wages and I would again be earning and learning in a new role. Theres also a freeze on training budgets this year so I will probably do another cert on my on money going forward. Theres not many perks apart from the initial salary.

Thoughts please?
What would you do? Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:48:31 +0000 Professional Development ecuison 134333@/discussions
I'm merely trying to look at other people's perspectives in this particular situation.]]>
Network & Security role Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:08:47 +0000 Professional Development britchick01 135079@/discussions
I'm looking to get into a Network & Security role. I am currently on a service desk.

I was wondering what type of exams do i need to go for to get basic fundamentals etc? I'm looking to do the Network+ exam but was thinking if anyone had any ideas on what to go for or look into more?

Next Step Advice Needed Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:37:21 +0000 Professional Development Thoth_Dhwty 135066@/discussions  Hello everyone,

 I've been around long ago [2016-2017] while undertaking my CompTIA A+, Sec+ and Net+ certificates as I wished to move on with a career in IT. I moved places and eventually I returned to UK at the end of 2017 looking for an IT job. To be honest it was really hard to get into it as everywhere most employers wanted people with experience. Eventually last year in June I got a Data Administrator job with this company and I thought this could be a good addition on my CV experience. Altho' honestly, this role is barely any IT. Other than scanning, printing and using a computer for same task everyday there's not much IT happening. The closest thing which came to IT was when I had to create a database, transfer it over from one computer to another and convert the database files with Adobe for a more readable format. That was it. 

Now this project I am on will come to an end in August-October this year and from the looks of it nothing else above the horizon with this company. I think it's best I start looking for jobs now rather than leave it until the last moment. What am a bit worried about is that it's been a while since I done my certificates in June 2017 and because I haven't been in touch with any real IT stuff I kind of lost touch with all the terms and methods I learned back then. Where should I start to refresh myself before I have any interview and make a fool of myself not knowing the stuff?

 Cheers, I would appreciate any advice.
Career change: from infrastructure to cloud Sat, 02 Mar 2019 18:43:25 +0000 Professional Development xandmv 135009@/discussions Hello guys,

I was wondering if someone might be able to give me some advice about how to migrate from infrastructure role (onsite datacenter) to cloud role. I'm a +8y ms infrastructure, but now, I realized that I should take my career to next level, and that mean, cloud computing (AWS, Azure and Google).

But I actually studying for MCSA (70-740 passed) and I really don't know if it 's relevant take mcsa path, and soon after, starting studing for AWS-SAA, Azure Administrator Associate and Google Cloud Associate Engineer (my really big goals for this year), so if someone could give some personal advice, I appreciate it so much.


Book recommendation -- Tribe of Hackers: Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:24:22 +0000 Professional Development veritas_libertas 134886@/discussions

Also, the book was released for free on an e-book with intention of helping out those that cannot afford to purchase it:
Training online ~ annoyance Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:56:20 +0000 Professional Development shochan 134884@/discussions Help with studying and continuing to improve Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:53:53 +0000 Professional Development SpetsRepair 134875@/discussions I could use some help on studying and why we try to improve after so many failures over and over? I could use some drive to start studying again but its kind of beaten out of me now
(I cant study anymore and i find it a challenge just to study for a goal)
Interview Tips Fri, 23 Nov 2018 05:23:00 +0000 Professional Development anushkasinha 134231@/discussions Please give suggestion so this will helps in cracking the interview in very first attemp?]]> Where have certifications taken you? Sun, 25 Nov 2018 06:15:39 +0000 Professional Development LemonTimePartyX 134239@/discussions
I can't really think of a way to ask my question. I guess what I'm looking for is any success stories where you've perhaps landed a really good role after completing a certain certification. Or maybe a time where your colleagues stopped viewing you as a noob, but as someone of higher importance once they found out you achieved a certain certification. Or maybe certifications haven't played a huge role in your career and you became successful in IT in other ways.

Share your successes with me!! I'll even start:

In high school, I went to vocational school where they taught CompTIA and CISCO criteria. With the bit of knowledge obtained from there, I landed my first IT job, and first job period, as an easy tech associate at Staples. The goal was to go from here to help desk, but many forums on the internet suggested help desk positions were low level jobs and you would be the laughing stock of the IT world. So, I ended up working for my local ISP, which I thought "Hey. Being an engineer for the ISP sounds like a killer position. I'm going to work my way up to that!" Well, my job title was essentially "cable guy" and it was more labor intensive than technical. This sucked and everything I wanted to study had almost nothing to do with what I did on a daily basis. Morale was low, and the only way to move up was if someone in the next department retired or died.

So, after a few months of job searching, I found a company (current) who gave me a chance with no help desk experience, and a bit of computer repair experience I got from staples. Even though I'm close to the bottom of the totem pole, I'm still successful as I was able use my previous jobs as stepping stones to finally obtain a role where I can begin my career and move up.

Your turn!!

Mentorship in IT Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:12:45 +0000 Professional Development CyberJosh95 123128@/discussions
How do you guys feel about mentorship in IT? I feel as if that's what I am lacking. I've been working in an Network/Infrastructure work center for the past 3 years and am the lowest/youngest member on the totem poll. I have worked hard to gain knowledge in the career field by attending classes, seminars and obtaining certifications on my own. My co-workers all to seem to be complacent in their roles because of the job security and could care less about the development of the younger people(myself). Every time I mention to them that I am getting ready to test for a new certification, they ask me why am I worrying about that since I have a decent job already. I motivate myself and feel the urge to "grind hard" until i am at the level that i would like to be in my career ,but they do not seem to want to help motivate or help guide me in the right path. So, I come here to TechExams for motivation and guidance. Is it bad that i have to come online for guidance? I just want some type of mentorship.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.]]>
Need Advice About Information Security Career Sun, 08 Oct 2017 05:50:29 +0000 Professional Development vip1982 129469@/discussions
I'm really confused and i need your help, I've been for 10 years in System administration, network and ERP fields and now i'm working as IT manager 35 Years old icon_rolleyes.gif.

However, i can see how the demand of information security is getting higher than ever before, and i love to work in this domain. So, my question as i have Security+ and i'm thinking of moving to CISSP then CISM. Do you think it is normal move in my career, i mean if my plan to be information security manager would you hire me with 10 Years experience in system administration and IT management, or it is better to concentrate on IT management stuff and stay away from security field? Thank You. :)]]>