Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CompTIA Security+ Certification

I was browsing for content in Safari Books Online and saw a CompTIA Security+ Exam guide. This is an exam I have considered in the past, so I decided to click on it. When reviewing the book, I saw there was an option to take a Pearson practice exam and that it is included in my membership. I have never formally studied any of the Security+ exam content, but I thought it could be worth taking it to see how I would do.

I took the practice exam and I got a 90% and the passing requirement was 85%!

I was surprised by this result, and have determined that I am going to study up for this exam and take it. My goal is within the next month or so.

I am primarily responsible for many of our cyber security efforts where I work (second to my manager), and I think this would be a good fit for my role.

I will report my progress through new posts.

Monday, February 10, 2020


I will be attending CHI-NOG 10 this year. Just like I said in a previous posts about CHI-NOG, I am super excited about going to learn some new things and meet some great networking folks.

Snippet from CHI-NOG's website about what it is:

CHI-NOG is the first and the only Chicago based Network Operators Groups. The group was started by network engineers and network architects to create a community, to learn from each other and meet others. We get away from our keyboards and screens to meet in person every year bringing in speakers from all over the US to learn and have a beer with them. CHI-NOG is vendor neutral so we aren’t trying to sell you anything, but you do get a pretty awesome t-shirt each year for attending.

I have attended each since CHI-NOG 07 and have always loved it. The venue is great, the speakers are great, and I always learn a lot. The vendor hall afterwards is usually small and intimate, so you can ask all the questions you want. The vendors are normally pretty laid back instead of being super sales-y.

You can find past presentation videos on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/chicagonog/videos

Here is some info on CHI-NOG 10 this year:
Venue: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North Hotel
Address: 350 W Mart Center Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
Date: 28 May 2020
Start: 8:00 AM
Social: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

More information on CHI-NOG 10: http://chinog.org/chi-nog-10/

Hope to see you there!