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  • September 24, 2020 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    Can I tell you the real reason APIs made my world domination list. The real real reason??? Well my husband and I order a lot of door dash, and I got it into my head that my next project I want to make a program in Python to find out how much we spend per month on door dash. That’s the real reason why. But regardless of how it got on the list, its on there so we need some study resources. I have the following:

    • An Intro to APIs by Brian Cooksey is available on Kindle for FREE
    • API info on
    • Udemy APIs
    • Code and Supply Crash Course on YouTube
  • September 23, 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Web development got on my plan for a couple reasons. One, because I need to put up a website, and two, full stack development skills are good to have. Regardless, i’ve got lots of resources that you might find of use. I actually took a web dev course in undergrad where I designed my first website using dream weaver. There’s so much more to web development. There is nothing backend on this list… there should be

    • Dreamweaver
    • Codecademy HTML
    • Codecademy Javascript
    • Codecademy React
    • Pentester labs (more on the what to look for that makes them insecure than the building)
    • Udemy Front End Web Development
    • Udemy Full Stack Web Developer
    • Learning JavaScript Data Structures and Algorithms (Packt) Humble Bundle
    • Multimedia Web Design (Mercury) Humble Bundle
    • HTML 5 Programming Video (Mercury) Humble Bundle
    • Udemy
    • Coding Dojo
  • September 23, 2020 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device. [2].

    Entry Level Education – Bachelor’s degree

    2019 Median Pay – $107,510 ($51.69/hour)

    Job outlook 22%

    What they do: Software developers create applications using programming languages to solve complex problems.  They work in computer design and services and create programs that fix problems or that can be used to fix problems.

    Where do I start: Programming languages such as Java, C++, Python, Cobol, C#, and Go

    Where do they fall in the NIST[2] –Software Developers fall under the Software Development Specialty Area.



  • September 22, 2020 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    I’m getting a head start on tomorrow, tomorrow’s (Sept 22nd) world domination plan topic is Networking. Networking is one of those foundation level things that you’ve got to be strong in for a lot of the higher level cybersecurity options. For me i’m studying for the Network+ as well as trying to master subnetting. I’ve got some Network+ resources including a few text books from Humble Bundle, a Network+ Course from Wiley Efficient Learning as well as one of YouTube’s influencers Professor Messer who also helped me pass my security+ exam.

    • Wiley Efficient Learning Network+ Course – (from Humble Bumble but course is offered by Wiley)
    • CompTIA Network+ Review Guide: Exam N10-007 (Humble Bumble)
    • CompTIA Network+ Study Guide: Exam N10-006, 3rd Edition (Humble Bumble)
    • CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide: Exam 100-105, Exam 200-105, Exam 200-125 (Humble Bumble)
    • Network Security Bible, 2nd Edition (Humble Bumble)
    • Cisco Networking Essentials, 2nd Edition (Humble Bumble)
    • Network Attacks and Exploitation: A Framework (Humble Bumble)
    • Microsoft Windows Networking Essentials (Humble Bumble)
    • Professor Messer YouTube
    • Udemy Subnetting Fundamentals
    • Udemy Python for Network Engineers
    • Computer Networking Courses including (The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking, Peer to Peer Protocols and Local Area Networks and TCP/IP and Advanced Topics to name a few)
  • September 20, 2020 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. [2].

    Entry Level Education – Bachelor’s degree

    2019 Median Pay – $99,730 ($47.95/hour)

    Job outlook 31%

    What they do: Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

    Where do I start: Security+ shows foundational security knowledge

    Certifications: CEH, Certified Information Security Manager, Security+, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

    Where do they fall in the NIST[2] –Information System Analysts can fall in the Systems Development and Systems Analysis Specialty Areas



  • September 19, 2020 5:35 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s world domination plan topic is Ethical Hacking. I’ve been fake studying for this forever. (maybe your judgement will lead to motivation, bring it on). Out of all the things Cyber I learn about, I’m most interested in Ethical Hacking so I spend a lot of time on EH related things. I’ve got a lot of resources (and enthusiasm) on this topic so here goes.

    • Matt Walker’s All In One CEH Exam Guide
    • Pentester Labs
    • Udemy CEH Exam Questions
    • Udemy Penetration Testing
    • Udemy (Linux and Windows Privilege Escalation)
    • Udemy Advanced White Hat Hacking
    • CEH
    • tryhackme
    • hackthebox
  • September 16, 2020 5:49 PM | Anonymous

    Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.[1]

    Entry Level Education – Bachelor’s degree

    2019 Median Pay – $86,550 ($41.61/hour)

    Job outlook – 9%

    What they do: Computer programmers or Software Developers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.[1] Computer programmers also create apps and help to create and maintain systems.

    Where do I start: Learn a program

    Certifications: There are several developer related certifications but the best way to show your work is a portfolio such as a GitHub page or other collection of your work

    Microsoft Technology Associate Developer

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

    Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Developer

    Where do they fall in the NIST[2] – Software Developers fall under the Software Development Specialty Area



  • September 13, 2020 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data.[1] They develop and administer databases and or data management systems [2].

    Entry Level Education – Bachelor’s degree

    2019 Median Pay – $93,750 ($45.07/hour)

    Job outlook  10%

    What they do: Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data.[1] Data can be stored in a local network or in the cloud but regardless of where the data is stored it needs to be secured.

    Where do I start: Learn about a database


    IBM Certified Database Administrator – DB2

    Microsoft SQL Server database certifications

    Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL Database Administrator

    Oracle Database 12c Administrator

    Where do they fall in the NIST[2] – DBAs fall under the Operate and Maintain and Data Administration specialty areas.



  • September 11, 2020 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s study topic is on GIT. I don’t have a lot of variety for Git topics but what I do have I’m going to share. Amazon kindle has a Git tutorial called Ry’s Git Tutorial. It’s rated almost 5 stars and it’s FREE. It’s 140 pages. Pearson Advance also has a course called Git Essentials. They offer classes for free now and again and this was one I picked up. Git also has a tutorial on their website as well as some videos. There are lots of paid books available on the topic on Amazon but I like my books free or close to it.

  • September 10, 2020 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the What Can I Do series, I have been advocating for you to take inventory of your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) and tasks as they apply to your existing areas of expertise and use them to find areas within Cyber that you have existing experience. The NIST SP 800-181 framework was designed to help define the tasks and knowledge areas that are needed for the cyber security professionals in the workforce. If you’re considering doing a career change or focusing your efforts in school to get a career in Cyber, start with what you know and expand from there. The What Can I Do posts are meant to show roles in cyber security that you can take your existing KSAs to show your experience doing the work. Documenting your areas of experience are only one part of your killer interview, the other is showing areas that you have been working on that may not be demonstrated in your existing work experience. My recent inventory and my goals for world domination showed that for the types of jobs that I plan on claiming, I needed to expand my KSAs. For me, while I have experience in technology, information assurance, development, risk assessment, and project management I need to expand my experience in other areas. To game-plan those areas I developed a list of 10 things I wanted to work on to help increase my KSA. Enter the World Domination Plan (Dramatic music plays in the background). My world domination plan includes 10 areas that I want to expand my breath of knowledge and gain practical experience. Those areas (for me) are Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, Linux (refresher), Certified Ethical Hacking, Python (Scripting languages), Git, Networking, Web Development, APIs, and a Java Refresher. I set up reminders on my calendar on a rotating 10 day schedule where each day I work on one of those 10 items. My goal, is to document practical experience, a portfolio if you will, of the areas I have gained experience outside of my existing role. What does that even mean??? So today was python day 050. Today I’ve been reading my Python 3 Object-Oriented Programming pdf book on my kindle (from a past Python related Humble Bundle) and working on implementing a game I like to play in Python. I like variation in my learning platforms so I’ve got a lot of different resources I use to supplement my Python learning including Codecademy (free trial and then student discounted monthly or annual price… I caught a deal for 119 for a year),, Python bootcamp on Udemy, Python ethical hacking (another humble bundle gem), and Python for networking engineers (humble bundle). I set up an account on Github and my code is available as I’m working on it. As I take on additional python projects (my next one is to come up with a program to figure out how much I spend on GrubHub a year) my Github account will show my mastery of the python language, my ability to document my code (don’t look for that on my game right now), and my ability to tie in multiple technologies (programming, Git, APIs, VisualStudio for Coding). My plan is to share with you my plan for each of my 10 areas so that you can get ideas for how you can supplement your work experience and show you have more skills than you’ve learned at your job(s).

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