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The Cybersecurity Certification Roadmap


Happy Mother's Day!

Before we get into today's blog article, I want to send out a quick thank you to all the mothers who might be reading this article. I know first hand from seeing my wife that being a mother has long hours and endless sacrifices... To put it simply, y'all don't get enough recognition so cheers to you! 🥂

What does 'TLDR' mean?

TLDR stands for 'Too Long, Didn't Read'. It's an abbreviation that is passed around for those busy bodies who simply don't have the time to go through an entire article and just need the 'cliff notes' version. I say all this to say that I realized during my welcome blog post last week that I didn't include a TLDR, which is absolutely necessary if I am going to name the blog series TLDR... Duh, right?!

Weekly TLDR

  1. This Cybersecurity Certification Roadmap appeared in the wild (internet) this week and offers detailed guidance on which certification you should pursue based on your interests.

Cybersecurity Certification Roadmap

Earlier this week, I stumbled across a nifty little script on the web sharing all of the available certifications a cyber professional can obtain.
The collection of available cybersecurity certification was authored by a guy named Paul Jerimy who perfectly paints an illustration of these cybersecurity certifications and categorizes them by their associated domains. This career tool definitely resonated with me because I'm a huge advocate for planning ahead when it comes to your career.
I even talk about it in one of my recent YouTube videos
While certifications aren't the end-all, be-all for building your career in cybersecurity, they are very important and I would even go as far as to suggest that they are absolutely necessary for most individuals starting their career.
When I was first starting out in my cybersecurity career, I was coming from a general systems administrator role with very few certifications under my belt. I was under paid and under valued and the everytime I applied for a new job the managers would offer me laughable salaries just because I didn't carry the credentials I needed.

That's when I realized the importance behind planning my future and setting certification goals for myself each month. I did that until I received a 6-figure salary offer from a reputable consulting firm and the rest has been smooth sailing from there.

If you are struggling to earn what you are worth, I would give a double take to the credentials you hold and how you are marketing yourself online (more on that next week).

Favorite Things This Week

So this week I've officially started Crossfit, a physical training program that works to build strength, endurance, and agility all the same time. I did this because I noticed a decline in my health over the years as I was growing in my career... Likely because of the many hours sitting behind a desk during office hours and studying. Nevertheless, I wanted to make a change in this area and knew I had to begin exercising again in order to improve my physical and mental health. That being said, crossfit was the exercise program of choice and I have zero regrets! The exercises are fun and challenging, the community/group I workout with is very supportive, and I've already began to notice results in my stress levels.

If you haven't given Crossfit a try, I certainly would look around for crossfit gym near you!

Well, that wraps up today's post. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topics discussed today!
Do you think that certification roadmap will be helpful for you?

See you next week,