Cyber Security Is Not Just For Computer Nerds

Some people have called me a nerd, and I suppose I am, at least a little. I studied Computer Engineering in the 1970s in college when it was nowhere as common as it is now. In graduate school, I had a class with an adjunct professor named Arlin Cooper. In that class, we learned about […]
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Should I Become a Certified Ethical Hacker?

Maybe you’ve heard a little about the Certified Ethical Hacker or CEH exam. You probably have some questions: What is a certified ethical hacker? How does a CEH fit into an IT organization? How do you get certified? What knowledge and skills are crucial to success? How does CEH relate to other cybersecurity certifications? Let’s […]
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How to Choose a Cybersecurity Certification

Various organizations offer a bewildering array of cyber security certifications. What should you pursue? I’ll start with the U.S. Department of Defense requirements. They apply to a lot of people, and NICE is bringing similar requirements to the rest of government. You don’t work for the U.S. military or government? Bear with me, because I […]
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Tools for Reducing Software Vulnerabilities

NIST, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, released a report last December, “Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities.” It has multiple useful and interesting ideas for improving vulnerabilities in software. I want to highlight two that I felt were most important. 1. Education There is no technological substitute for developer discipline. Education is not just […]
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3 Ways Lists Can Help You Prepare For the CompTIA Security+ Exam

After teaching Learning Tree’s CompTIA Security+ exam preparation course I don’t know how many times, I am more convinced than ever that, at most, about one person out of every twenty is ready to take the test on the morning after the last day of the course. Even those uncommon people benefit from the review […]
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