+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    29

    Certifications
    Security+
    #1

    Default From Zero to hero, a 6 year tale.

    Hello everyone, I'm HCPS123 or just HC for short. So after reading and seeing everyone's OSCP threads I was inspired to make my own thread describing my journey down the cert path and hopefully into a successful career. Hopefully this thread will help keep me motivated and pushing me forward to the end goal and when I get there I can look back on this and feel a little bit of pride. To clarify though I was planning on using this thread to describe my entire cert path, from the very first cert I plan on getting Sec+ to the ultimate pen-testing cert OSCP.

    The Beginning:

    To understand my goals and the path I've chosen I think it's important to state where I'm starting from. So I'm 24 and a failure. I wasn't able to get any job outside the retail (barely scrapping by) market much less an IT job. I realized halfway through college that I wanted to do something with computers and since I was already in the process of getting my Criminal Justice degree Cyber security felt like a natural fit. Sadly I was VERY naive back then and though that a Crim degree and Cyber security minor would be all I needed to get a job in Cyber Security. Yeaaaaaa that wasn't true at all.

    So with the mountain of college debt looming I decided to join the military, picking my job as an IT and that's where I'm at now. I've passed basic training and am now currently in my job specific IT training. That's also where the time limit of 6 years comes from, a 6 year contract with the government. Which brings me into my goals.

    The Goal:

    In 6 years when my contract is up with the military I want to find myself a nice 100k+ job or a job as a Pen tester. As someone who always either had to beg for a job or go to a place that was hiring anyone that could actually dress like they were showing up to work it would also be nice if for once job recruiters came to me for a change. Which brings me to the path to accomplish my goals.

    The Path:

    So ideally I've arranged the certs/skills in a way that the first certs on the list will help prep me for the tougher certs on the bottom of the list. I picked these certs out based on two points, 1. That they'll teach me and make me a better pen tester or 2. Get me past the barrier which is HR. So let's start with the two things I'll definitely have once coming out of the military.

    1. Clearance - While I don't have it yet I'm extremely positive I'll pass the background check and be able to get the Secret Clearance that is required for my work as a military IT. It's even possible that I might get a TS or TS/SCI (higher level clearances) but that would depend upon where I'm station. In any case this is an example of the military already paying off. Clearances are great, they're basically certs for your trustworthiness. A running joke we have is that a janitor with a TS clearance makes 75K solely because they have a TS. While that might be a little bit of an exaggeration the fact is clearances are money. They're often very expensive for employers to get for their employees and take a good amount of time to get. If an employee has never had one before that creates a huge risk for the employer (you're spending all this money and time on an employee who might not be able to get it). So already having a clearance is money. So if you know you can get a clearance and can find someone to get one for you DO IT.

    2. Veteran status - While the value of this can change depending upon the rank you reach and how much time you spend in, the simple fact is people like and respect Veterans. Having it is a + for HR.

    So with all that out of the way here's the list of certs and skills I want to achieve in 6 years. I've decided to start with Sec+ because my time in the military as an IT is superior to A+ and the military has already started teaching us CCNA which from what I've heard is harder than Net+, it would be like starting a Calculus class but going back to get a cert in algebra, at that point you're better off just pressing forward.

    Sec+ = Completed

    CCNENT = Currently studying for

    CCNA

    CEH

    CCNA: Sec

    CISSP

    (Place Holder)

    Powershell

    Bash

    Python

    Assembly Language

    (Place holder)

    eJPT

    eCPPT

    OSCP

    And that's the path I've currently got marked out. Of course as college has proven I can and might change my mind and adjust this path as needs arise but this is what I've got so far. Hopefully I'll keep this thread active and in 6 years we'll see where I end up.

    PS: To the wonderful mods that keep this place running. Sorry if I posted this in the wrong thread, my thought process was that since most of these certs are Security focus this would be the best place to post it but if I'm wrong I apologize and am thankful for you putting this in the right place.
    Last edited by HCPS123; 12-11-2017 at 05:01 PM.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  2. SS -->
  3. Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    2,026

    Certifications
    CISSP, CCSP, eJPT, ITIL,PA ACE,Qualys Certified Specialist, A+
    #2
    Quote Originally Posted by HCPS123 View Post
    I think it's important to state where I'm starting from. So I'm 24 and a failure.
    First of all try to change your attitude, someone at 24 is too young to be thinking of themselves as a failure. Remove this idea and the way of thinking from your head, it will help you move forward, be positive.

    I finished college at 28 and never thought to myself like that, i thought I could have done better and do better but never in that kinda state.



    Quote Originally Posted by HCPS123 View Post
    Sec+ = Currently studying for

    CCNENT

    CCNA

    CEH

    CCNA: Sec

    CISSP

    (Place Holder) SECURE (642-637)

    Powershell

    Bash

    Python

    (Place holder)

    eJPT

    eCPPT

    OSCP
    The 6 year plan is a good place to start but don't let it restrict you. Follow it and adjust it. You have select 10 certs and 3 scripting languages all possible in the 6 year time frame considering the overlap. I would do one small adjustment and place CEH after CCENT, the knowledge from Sec+ and CCENT would be more than enough to pass CEH. After you have done SEC+/CCENT/CEH/CCNA, you would have maybe 2-3 years experience already and you could easily try eJPT.

    The hardest thing in your cert path is the scripting languages, you need to keep reading, labbing and practicing those, writing small scripts etc in your everyday studies. if you don't use them, you lose the knowledge, just like any other language, if you don't practice it you forget.

    The clearance, experience, college degree and minor, plus military experience and those certs will definitely guarantee you a 100k job when you are out and maybe even more in 6 years.

    The important thing is to have a positive mindset and think about progressing, learning skills and advancing. In the beginning the steps will be small and slow but dont let that discourage you. Be a sponge and try and absorb more and more everyday and you will make it.

    Good luck to you.

    As a side note, you could create a blog about all this 6 year plan in Wordpress or similiar service that you can also use to track your progress and include anything you like.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  4. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    465

    Certifications
    CISSP, PMP, CCNP, FITSP-M
    #3
    Quote Originally Posted by HCPS123 View Post
    1. Clearance - While I don't have it yet I'm extremely positive I'll pass the background check and be able to get the Secret Clearance that is required for my work as a military IT. It's even possible that I might get a TS or TS/SCI (higher level clearances) but that would depend upon where I'm station. In any case this is an example of the military already paying off. Clearances are great, they're basically certs for your trustworthiness. A running joke we have is that a janitor with a TS clearance makes 75K solely because they have a TS. While that might be a little bit of an exaggeration the fact is clearances are money. ...

    2. Veteran status - While the value of this can change depending upon the rank you reach and how much time you spend in, the simple fact is people like and respect Veterans. Having it is a + for HR.

    So with all that out of the way here's the list of certs and skills I want to achieve in 6 years. I've decided to start with Sec+ because my time in the military as an IT is superior to A+ and the military has already started teaching us CCNA which from what I've heard is harder than Net+, it would be like starting a Calculus class but going back to get a cert in algebra, at that point you're better off just pressing forward.
    I agree, you're not a failure at 24, just inexperienced.

    While it's not typical, a janitor with a TS could certainly make 75k+ per year in the right environment.

    Don't forget that veteran's get more than respect or a +1 with HR. They also get veteran's preference with U.S. Gov't. hiring.

    Kudos for putting together a plan, just remember that your plan needs to be able to adapt to new requirements. Later in your enlistment, you might rethink going back for the basic CompTIA certs. Sometimes HR doesn't understand that one cert (CCNA/NP) is better than another (Network+) and you can lose out because you don't have the lower cert.
    2017: CCNP (done), FITSI-M (done) CCIE Written
    2018: CCIE R/S
    2019: VCP (DCV/NV), OSCP
    2020-1: MBA
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  5. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Posts
    1,872

    Certifications
    Network+ : A+ : Security+ : eJPT : Life+
    #4
    What does your job training cover? Maybe you can get a few certifications from it or atleast learn the stuff to take the certifications.

    It's good that you have a plan but please keep in mind that things change... they change all the time. By the time you get out or if you reenlist, the "playing field" could change.
    Booya!!
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    WIP : | CISSP [2018] | CISA [2018] | CAPM [2018] | eCPPT [2018] | CRISC [2019] | TORFL (TRKI) B1 | Learning: | Russian | Farsi |
    *****You can fail a test a bunch of times but what matters is that if you fail to give up or not*****
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  6. Senior Member yoba222's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    437

    Certifications
    LFCS, GCIH, eJPT, CCNA, CAPM, Sec+, Net+, A+
    #5
    1. Great plan. You are on track to enormous success, evidenced by beginning with a track.
    2. Yes the A+ is basic, but even 50 years of military experience won't even get you Dod 8570 IAT I. The A+ will: https://iase.disa.mil/iawip/Pages/iabaseline.aspx
    3. Ditch the CEH and replace it with CSA+. See DISA's chart above.
    4. Janitors don't make $75k/year because they don't give clearances out to janitors. The area gets sanitized of sensitive materials and then the janitors get escorted. When absolutely needed, they'll declassify the space temporarily for large, one-time janitorial projects.
    Last edited by yoba222; 11-18-2017 at 06:50 PM.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  7. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    465

    Certifications
    CISSP, PMP, CCNP, FITSP-M
    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by yoba222 View Post
    4. Janitors don't make $75k/year because they don't give clearances out to janitors. The area gets sanitized of sensitive materials and then the janitors get escorted. When absolutely needed, they'll declassify the space temporarily for large, one-time janitorial projects.
    It happens. Remember, not everything is DOD.
    2017: CCNP (done), FITSI-M (done) CCIE Written
    2018: CCIE R/S
    2019: VCP (DCV/NV), OSCP
    2020-1: MBA
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  8. Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    1,265

    Certifications
    CISSP, GWAPT, GSEC, C|EH, CCNA:Security, CCNA:R&S, CCENT, Security+, Network+
    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by HCPS123
    So with the mountain of college debt looming I decided to join the military, picking my job as an IT and that's where I'm at now. I've passed basic training and am now currently in my job specific IT training. That's also where the time limit of 6 years comes from, a 6 year contract with the government. Which brings me into my goals.
    I wouldn't be so specific about for sure getting out after your first contract since you have barely even started...be open to the idea if you like being in the Military and doing the work you end up performing.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFORCE View Post
    1. I would do one small adjustment and place CEH after CCENT, the knowledge from Sec+ and CCENT would be more than enough to pass CEH. After you have done SEC+/CCENT/CEH/CCNA, you would have maybe 2-3 years experience already and you could easily try eJPT.

    2. The clearance, experience, college degree and minor, plus military experience and those certs will definitely guarantee you a 100k job when you are out and maybe even more in 6 years.
    1. First OP, SECURE 642-637 is not the current exam for CCNP: Security...versions have changed. I would actually do anything you need to do your IT job first...Security+ > CCENT/CCNA > CCNA:Security > MCSA/Linux+ so you have an operating system certification...more than likely MCSA > CISSP....at this point you will have all of your basic requirements done for most jobs and you can start going down the red team path. If you group your red team certifications, you can hammer in your head the topics much better and avoid forgetting information...so go CEH > eJPT/eCCPT > OSCP. The only caveat would be if you can get GPEN/GWAPT from GIAC with the SANS training instead of eJPT/eCCPT...they carry a much better reputation and have great training material.

    2. False, not guaranteed...totally depends on a lot of factors. If you get into a GS role, very unlikely right off the bat...if you go to a govt contractor it will depend on the contractor and location. I know many people who were in IT/Security disciplines both in the military and not who couldn't crack $100k at some jobs with govt contractors. It depends on your certifications/degrees, and the actual experience you have. Try to be involved with enterprise / major efforts or initiatives so you can start building your resume...if you spend 6 years in help desk type roles or small efforts, it will be a lot harder to get the high paying jobs coming out.

    The last point is don't solely focus on govt/contractors for when you get out, be open to everything and decide based on what you know at that time (not now).
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  9. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    SO. CAL
    Posts
    221

    Certifications
    A+, N+, CCENT, CCNA, CCNP
    #8
    well your not a failure man. I know and completely understand the feeling 100% though.
    But your only 24, and now your making the right steps to a career. I can tell you i often regret not joining the military as it would have been better for me at that time (so i believe). Here i am 33 working on an associates, completing certs and working in some support role. And im freaking 33. So if your a failure idk what that makes me. Not everyone is dealt the same cards, so its the choices you make right now that will get you somewhere later.
    No true failure has ever said "look this is my outline of goals, i joined the military, what do i do next". Failures just admit defeat. So im done with my motivation speech. Im impressed by your ambition and goals, and suggest you keep going.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  10. Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Posts
    86

    Certifications
    A+, Network+
    #9
    Lol, if you're a failure at 24, then what does that make me at 30? I've never held a job outside of retail either, but I'm still confident enough that I can get my foot into the IT field even at my age.

    You only fail when you give up and stop moving forward.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  11. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    11

    Certifications
    eCPPT, OSCP, B.E. Software Engineering. B.S. Software Development and Security
    #10
    I'm in the military service as you are. However, I'm not in the IT field because of my recruiter messed up.

    Also, I'm 31 now. Then, I will be back to IT field after 2 years from now with 2 years IT experience as IT professional, manager position, and 4 years of Military Experience.

    Like you, I've been studying hard since AIT. I got the second bachelor degree and go to the master degree next year. Then, I got the eCPPT and OSCP this year. Moreover, I just started OSCE, then I will get OSEE next year.

    24 years old is very young. So, follow your plan and don't give up. I don't know your branch, but if you are in the hooah hooah, you will be able to meet me in this snow country lol.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  12. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    29

    Certifications
    Security+
    #11
    Wow, I did not expect to get as many replies to this thread as I did and I really thank everyone for their positive energy.

    TheForce: Thanks for the advice! The reason why I choose to put CCNA before CEH is because I lack two straight years of IT experience which means I'm going to have to take the CEH class which is an additional 800 dollars on top of the 800 dollars for the actual exam itself. ICND2 is only 150 dollars with a lot cheaper study material I can purchase. So I figured I'd go for ICND2 first while I save up money for CEH.

    EANx: That's a really great point I didn't consider. After I complete my current cert list (or if I get stuck somewhere on the list due to money constraints or something else) I should think about doubling back and getting those certs. Can't beat Compita popularity after all. Thank you for the advice.

    Jamesleecoleman: So I can't go into too much detail about my training since it does require me having a Temp Sec clearance. But very broadly speaking I've taken classes that are extremely similar to an A+ class, a CCNA 1 class, a Windows 7 class and a Radio class. I've also gotten into the system administration specialty (secondary schooling/training) which I'm excited for. And you're right, the playing field could definitely change in 6 years, hell I've already proven my interest can change in 4. So the path isn't set in stone and like a writer never quite happy with his painting I'm always open to adding and changing it.

    yoda222: 1 and 2 are above but for 3. I'm confused as to why you recommend CSA+ over CEH? CSA+ seems to be more of an analysis cert while CEH is specifically dealing in hacking and theory. Looking at the DoD you provided most of the upper level positions (I assume the ones at the bottom are the upper level ones) require either a CEH or a CSA+. So while I can see the benefit of getting a CSA+ I don't understand why I should ditch CEH for it (the two certs look like they teach different things). 4. The janitor thing is more of a joke, to stress the value of a clearance.

    Techguru80: 1. I definitely am trying my best to be open to all possibilities (including staying in) but the military's first impressions are not that great to me. Granted I am in a student/trainee position right now, which basically means I get treated a lot worse then if I was not so my opinion could definitely change in 6 years but as of right now I would like to have a backup plan in place in case I do want to get out. 2. Thanks for letting me know the info I was looking at for CCNP Sec was outdated! Hmmm, I'm going to have to do more research into that since I originally put it there because the test was only 200 dollars. However I do like what you're suggesting with regards to getting an OS cert.

    The reason I didn't put any OS certs on this list was 1. Microsoft certs feel a little bit unreliable to me. Microsoft likes to change up their OS's too often for me to feel very secure in it's value, that's not to say when I'm closer to my 6 year mark I won't look to see what the most current Windows is and get that cert but I feel it's just not a cert you get to use down the line. 2. I did actually want to get a Linux cert but after looking down the Red Hat cert path I felt kinda intimidated and decided to put it off until after I got OSCP since I really do want to get OSCP in 6 years. And I was worried that if I added Red Hat certs I might not be able to meet that goal.

    I group CEH with Sec+ and CCNA: Sec because I was told that would greatly help me with getting CISSP which is from what I heard a very difficult cert.

    Everyone: Thank you so much for the words of encouragement and for telling me to stay positive. I'm not going to lie, it's been hard since I've graduated college and things haven't taken off for me like I've hope. Not to mention joining the military and seeing how successfully people who joined straight out of high school are when compared to me. There's also the part of me that's just worried that I won't be good enough, that I can try and study and work as hard as possible to get all of these certs, learn all of these tasks but that at the end of the day I won't be able to be a good IT and perform at the job because I just lack the natural talent for it. With that being said I only know how to do one thing and that's keep pushing forward, to be like a steam train and keep plowing ahead, forget my insecurities and just dive into the next task, the next objective with everything I've got.

    Update: Onto the actual update, I've currently finished reading Chap 5 of the Darril Gibson book and am in the process of studying for the post chap test. I'm kinda annoyed at myself for how long it's taking me to get through this book (going on 3 to 4 weeks now) but in my defense I do spend 8 hours a day in my military class. I do have a nice 4 day weekend though this week so I plan on trying to at least get to chap 8 before Monday. Ideally I'd like to take my Sec+ exam sometime between Dec 4 - 15 but at minimal I want it done before Dec 21.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  13. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    29

    Certifications
    Security+
    #12
    Update

    So I made some tweaks to the plan, the first of many I'm sure. First got rid of the incorrect Secure 400 something test for CCNP: Sec. I'll have to reevaluate whether I want to start working on that after I get my basic certs done or save it for Phase 2: Beyond OSCP. Way to early to start talking about that though, in any case I did add Assembly Language to the list of programming Languages I want to learn before I start my hacker specific certs, it's been a language (along with Python) that I've been hearing pop up in the Pen field for a while so I added it to my list.

    Maintenance stuff aside I'm currently studying Chapter 8 of Gibson's book and feeling pretty frustrated at the speed of my progress. I've been pushing hard to try and learn this stuff so I can take my exam by the 8th but it's looking increasingly likely that it will have to be around the 15 which to be fair to myself is still before my personal deadline of the 21. Part of me wants to rush to get it done around the 8th but the safe/logic part of me wants to play it safe and give myself time not just to do all of Gibson's book but watch the Sec+ youtube videos and do more practice questions.

    I'll see where I am on Monday. If I'm not at chap 10 or 11 then it will have to be next week.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  14. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    29

    Certifications
    Security+
    #13
    Update

    I've finished the Gibson book. And my exam is schedule for tomorrow. I scored an 88 on the practice test which is not as high as I would have liked to get..........definitely feeling nervous and kinda regretting not rescheduling my exam and pushing it back another day or so. But at this point I feel like i understand the majority of the concepts and thoughts for the book. It's going to come down to me being able to read the question and understand what it's asking of me.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  15. Senior Member chrisone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,583

    Certifications
    SpecterOps: Powershell Adversary Tactics, SilentBreakSecurity - DarkSideOps, CISSP, CCDP, CCNP R/S, CCNP Security (Secure, FW) , C|EH , PA ACE
    #14
    This is what I see is possible. I don't know your schedule so you may not have enough time, however I feel this is could be a two to two and a half year process.

    Sec+ = Currently studying for (completed in 2018, should be completed within 3-4 months)

    CCNENT (Completed in 2018, 2-3 months)

    CCNA (Completed in 2018, 2-4 months)

    CEH (Completed in 2018, 2-3 months)

    CCNA: Sec (2019 goal)

    CISSP (2020-21 goal)

    (Place Holder)

    Powershell (understand the basics in 2018, complete "Learn Powershell in a month of lunches, 3rd edition book) can be done in a month

    Bash (learn the basics in 2018, pick up some beginners guide book) give yourself 2 months here

    Python (learn basics in 2018, pick up "Python Crash Course" No Starch Press) can be done in a month

    Assembly Language (could be a 2019 goal)

    (Place holder)

    eJPT (2018 goal) You'd be surprised, but with sec+ and CEH, this course is not that hard. Can be done in 2-3 months

    eCPPT (2018 goal)

    OSCP (2019 goal)

    You can do it, don't underestimate your self and your dedication.

    I recommend this route as cisco certs are not that necesarry.

    2018
    Sec+
    CEH
    eJPT
    eCPPT
    CCENT
    CCNA (perhaps pushed to 2019 depending on your time)
    Reading books on Python, Powershell, Bash.

    2019
    CCNA SEC
    OSCP
    Last edited by chrisone; 12-11-2017 at 01:41 AM.
    2017 Goals: Dark Side OPS: Custom Pentesting (complete), SpecterOps: PowerShell Adversary Tactics (completed), eCPPT (2nd attempt), LFCS (4th attempt )
    2018 Goals: eCPPT, OSCP
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  16. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    29

    Certifications
    Security+
    #15
    chrisone = Thanks for the advice and words, I'm very grateful for your help. CCNA makes more sense given my situation. Being a military IT networking is "from what I heard" a strong part of our job and the schooling supports this. So since I need to know this and am being trained for it it makes sense to just go ahead and get the cert. That and it ultimately comes down to a financial element. As much as I would love to jump right in to CEH, that would cost me 1600 dollars (800 for the test and then another 800 for the additional schooling I'm required to take since I don't have the required time in) whereas ICND1 only costs 150 dollars. Once I'm in the military for a while they'll start paying for the certs (hopefully) but until then it's coming out of my pocket so it makes sense to go for the more cheaper certs while I save up money for the more expensive ones.

    Update

    VICTORY, VICTORY, VICTORY!!! I passed BOYAY!!!! Kinda tired right now but I'm also so f-ing hyped! I'll make another post later talking about my experience with Sec+ and the 401 exam as well as my future plans for studying for ICND1 but I just want to drink in the moment of me getting my first ever certification. The first of many.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  17. Senior Member chrisone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,583

    Certifications
    SpecterOps: Powershell Adversary Tactics, SilentBreakSecurity - DarkSideOps, CISSP, CCDP, CCNP R/S, CCNP Security (Secure, FW) , C|EH , PA ACE
    #16
    Awesome work on the sec+! congrats!

    It looks like you have your game plan worked out. Money is a factor in anyone's decision. I guess what I am trying to say is, however you slice and dice this cake, I still see that you are more than capable of completing all these certs within 2-3 years, not 6.

    Enjoy the fruits of your labor!
    2017 Goals: Dark Side OPS: Custom Pentesting (complete), SpecterOps: PowerShell Adversary Tactics (completed), eCPPT (2nd attempt), LFCS (4th attempt )
    2018 Goals: eCPPT, OSCP
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  18. Senior Member Mitechniq's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    275

    Certifications
    CCNA, GIAC G2700, VCP5-DCV C|EH, ISC2 CISSP, AWS-SAP (Most have Expired)
    #17
    As a fellow service member - thank you for your service.

    I would highly encourage ditching the horror that the C|EH is, with all the other certs you are planning to take C|EH does not bring you any additional value. If the end goal is looking for a 100k job then having these 3 Certs would put you in the same place as taking all of the certs you posted - CCNA Sec, OSCP and CISSP. If you want to consume as much education through certs than your plan seems pretty solid.

    Another set of highly recommended security certs is SANS GCIH, GCIA, GPEN and GCFA. I see more and more companies looking for these certs. When you get close to getting out I would recommend looking over this SANS program which is focused on training Vets that are transitioning from the military to civilian life. https://www.sans.org/cybertalent/immersion-academy
    Last edited by Mitechniq; 12-11-2017 at 10:14 PM.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  19. Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    North America
    Posts
    79
    #18
    HC, great job passing the Security+ exam. I wonder why you started off with Sec+ as your first certification. Do you already have your A+ and Network+ certifications? I guess you have sufficient IT experience in those fields from the military to make up for the certifications, I would skip it too if that's the case...

    For myself, I am one who like to start off on the right path and begin with the usual A+/Net+ to get the hang of things first, then would go Sec+, CCNET, CCNA. Once I have those under my belt, I would then go for CEH, CCNA Security, CASP, and end it with the CISSP.

    I like vendor neutral certifications and recommend them before going with the specialization or vendor exams. In fact, I am going for the CCNA Cyber Security right now, I will take my exam then go for CASP, and end it with CISSP. Just curious, are you going for a CASP before your CISSP, or do you think that's overkill getting so many certs?
    Reply With Quote Quote  

+ Reply to Thread

Social Networking & Bookmarks