Security+ Exam and Certification

So as it turns out, my work requires the Security+ certification to get an admin account on some of our networks.

I knocked it out on Friday without much studying (just some into access controls since I had forgotten all about them), and it was definitely a reasonable exam.

There were about 5 "hands-on" questions that involved stuff like recognizing attacks, configuring firewalls, and designing networks followed by around 70 multiple choice questions.

While the exam wasn't difficult, I might recommend brushing up on some stuff if you don't know or remember it (ports, rules, access controls, crypto, etc.).

Though I didn't actually learn much, it didn't hurt to brush up on some of the stuff. Additionally, it doesn't hurt as another HR bullet-point on my résumé.

All in all, not a huge waste of time, and it didn't hurt that my employer covered the time and costs of the cert.

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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