Category Archives: IT Certifications

6 Figure IT Security

6 Figures in IT Security “cybersecurity” (Do you Want this? If so, sign up here)

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I am thinking of doing a course on how to make 6 figures in IT Security. What do you think? Is this something you would be interested in? This is something I know a lot about.

I would explain:
The landscape of IT Security
Career paths in IT Security
How to choose the right path
How to prepare for that path
What kinds of IT security jobs make 6 figures
What places and companies pay 6 figures
What certifications, degrees and experience you need to start
How to build a bad ass IT security resume
where to post it
how to respond once offers start coming in

IT security position job Q&A (part 1)

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In this video we read some of your questions about getting IT Security Jobs.

“I have a B.A in Telecommunications, would this work for this career field.” see the answer at 00:00:45

shawn 08
“Hey Bruce I got my security + and cap. What do you suggest on how to get into the risk management/ security auditing field when someone doesn’t have any experience? I do have 7 years experience in desktop support and data center monitoring just want to try a different field but not sure how to go about this.”
answer at 00:02:53

David petrell
“What training is need to get into the security field? I have a BS in information security and working a MS in Cybersecurity and working on getting my CEH cert. What are ways that I can get into the security field as I don’t have any security experience and most jobs postings are wanting at least 4 to 5 years of experience”
answer at 00:06:26

SSCP or Security plus or CISSP

Should you do the SSCP, Security+ or CISSP? I would say it depends. The Security+ is a great certification. It is accepted by the industry by public and private organizations. But it is NOT going to prepare you for the CISSP. Probably the SSCP is better for a CISSP preparation.

From: Ivoire Rienna
Love your videos, and thank you for your humility. Lol, I know few people who have this CISSP certification, and they feel like they are a Greek god or something.Ok, here is my question: Right now I am pursuing an MS in Information Technology with minor in Data Privacy and Security, and would like to add to that a certification, but I am confused and need your help please. I really don’t want to take the Security+ certification, but instead would like to start with the SSCP certification. What do you think about that? Also, what do you think of the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certification? Thank YOU!



Should You Get a Comptia Security+ IT Certification

The Comptia Security+ IT certification is a very good certification for IT professionals getting into IT security and for IT security professional that have been doing cyber security for a while.  If you already have a high-level security certification (i.e. CISSP, CISM,CISA,CASP) I would say the Security+ is not necessary, because those certs already cover everything in the Security+ and more.  But if you don’t have any general security certs then you should definitely get it.

What are the benefits:

It is a well known certification that lets employers know that you are more than familiar with security best practice.

Having the Security+ alone is enough to get a job or a raise in some situations.

If you are unfamiliar with all the security best practices it is a great start in getting to know an important body of knowledge.

It is 8570/8140 compliant.


For more information on the Security+:

Exam Codes SY0-401
Launch Date May 1, 2014
Exam Description CompTIA Security+ certification covers network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities as well as application, data and host security. Also included are access control, identity management, and cryptography.
Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test 90 Minutes
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus
Languages English, Japanese and Portuguese
Retirement TBD – Usually three years after launch.
Price $3​11.00 USD (See all pricing)
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