IT Certifications

IT-Certification-Reasons

This section contains my training resources for IT certifications.

In general, a certification should be a reflection of your capabilities and adds legitimacy to one’s claim of expertise in a certain area. It doesn’t, however, prove expertise. Either a person should have professional experience with the topics, or they should have lab experience with the technology from studying it.

If someone is new to IT, certs are a great way to get their foot in the door. I recommend the CompTIA trio (A+, N+, S+) to start with in order to form the foundation, then from there it can be decided which avenue of IT to pursue. This blog will only discuss the ones that pertain to my career path.


CompTIA

Certification information is found here: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications


A+ Certification (Passed in 2015)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: This is an entry level cert that provides a good foundation for IT. The exam will really test a users understanding of core IT hardware & software concepts.


Server+ Certification (Passed in 2015)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: Easy. Pretty much the server version of A+.


Linux+ Certification (Passed in 2015)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: This cert covers all the fundamentals of Linux. I had fun learning this material because a lot of penetration testing is done through Linux.


Project+ Certification (Passed in 2015)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: This was my most boring cert to study for. This is a baby version of the PMP certification that most project managers get. This is a good cert to understand the basics of proper IT project management.


Network+ Certification (Passed in 2015)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: This was the first cert I took. I really enjoyed learning the material because it allowed me to grasp networking concepts. I highly recommend this cert for any beginners; you MUST understand networking.


Security+ Certification (Passed in 2016)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: Great security cert to have. It waives off 1 of the 5 years for the CISSP requirements, it is a DoD mandated cert, and it will help the user understand core information security concepts.


EC-Council

Certification information is found herehttps://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/

CEHv8 – Certified Ethical Hacker (Passed in 2016)

Here is a list of my training materials:

REVIEW: Good for pleasing HR. Will help to introduce the basics of offensive security.


eLearnSecurity (ELS)

Certification information is found herehttps://www.elearnsecurity.com/certification/

*All my training materials came from ELS, including the virtual lab environment

(2016-2017)

ELS Junior Penetration Tester:

ELS Certified Professional Penetration Tester:

ELS Network Defense Professional:

ELS Web application Penetration Tester:

REVIEW: Very good training. Provides hands on through HERA lab environment labs. ELS does a great job! Highly recommended.


OSCP

(In Progress)


CISSP

(In Progress)

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