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September 20, 2017

Almost there and Road Maps

I am still working my way through the OSCP. It's really tough to achieve any certification while you're working full-time. And it's tough to afford any certification when you're not.

The material is not that tough. Getting through the exercises is grueling. It's a lot of work and not as fun as working the lab and compromising machines. But it's worth 40 hrs of CPE credits and 10 points on the exam if you write up and submit the exercises and lab pentest. I'm sure those extra 10 points are going to be helpful and I'm going to thank myself for pushing through this when I sit in front of the computer at test time.

From previous self-study - I know when I'm not yet ready. And at this point, I'm not yet ready. Another benefit of my study experience is that I know how to detect my weak areas. I have two weak areas where I need more practice and I am facing and accepting it. Now I need to find the motivation to work hard at those areas and build strength. I will never tell anyone it's easy - because it's not. But it is worth it. That will have to do.

So to motivate myself a bit, I decided to finally get another tattoo. As a reward for plowing through this course, I am going to get a Kali Linux Dragon...

I'm thinking of getting it on my upper arm. Not too radical. Simple in design. And signifies an accomplishment.
So now I HAVE TO pass that test...

The scooter is doing well and I'm riding it all over. I've only had it for 2 months and I've already put over 200 miles on it. As the Starks say, "Winter is coming." So I'm riding now before it gets too cold. It's a joy and it really does get about 120 miles to the gallon. Saving a lot of gas with short trips around town (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).

And about the road map... Since my background is in networking, I've recently been asked a number of questions (from security folks) about authentication, authorization and accounting on network devices. It made me realize that not all security people know about network devices. So I spun up a short PowerPoint presentation on the topic. Hopefully this may be useful to someone. It's short (11 slides total) and doesn't go into too much detail, but gives an overview of the topic and can at least guide you enough to ask the right questions. Enjoy.

Posted by BlueWolf on September 20, 2017 10:33 PM