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Progress Update! GMON, ITIL, SECFND, SECOPS, JIT2, C688, GCED

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

These articles and blog posts are my own opinion and do not reflect the view of my employer.



SANS Dallas 2017 starts this weekend! Looking forward to the class and prepare for some awesome knowledge!

Taking the SECFND exam this Friday. I have the voucher from Cisco, its time to knock it out so I can free up more of my time.

I have been working on SECOPS from Cisco as well. About halfway through the material. I look forward to finish the reading here in the next day or so. Then I have to finish the labs before I can request the voucher. Then when I get back from Dallas I plan on knocking this out.

Still need to take the exam for ITIL. Plan on doing it when I get back from Dallas and before SECOPS. This will help wrap up the first quarter of this year for certification goals.

Still need to make some more progress on JIT2 and C688. Hope to do this when I have some time in the next coming weeks.

Working on the GCED as well. Have about 100 pages down. Will have to see where this goes from here. Still don’t know with all my time being taken up.

I’m making decent progress if I say so myself. I hope to have by the end of March the following completed: JIT2, C688, ITIL, SECFND, SECOPS, and GCED.

This would allow me to focus on the other two certifications for second quarter of 2017: GMON and either GCIA/RHCSA. We will see. Depends on how much money is left in the budget.



Progress update for ITIL, JIT2, C688, SECFND, RHCSA, Work Study, GCED

Monday, February 13th, 2017

These articles and blog posts are my own opinion and do not reflect the view of my employer.



I was accepted on Friday to take the SEC511 Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations class that corresponds to the GMON certification. Can’t wait to see you guys in Dallas. This will be the big one for the year!

Still need to work on ITIL. Have not made much progress. Don’t know how much progress I will make with CCDC this weekend.

Also need to take the SECFND class and start working on the SECOPS material.


For school I still need to work on JIT2 and C688. Hope to have some progress on those soon.

Still looking to help my friend on the GCED. Don’t know how this is going to play out since GMON will be starting soon.


Still need to make some progress with school. As I outlined in my last post that is my biggest peeve at the moment. I’ve got a lot of good things going on but need to make sure my head stays in the game.

Mobility+ scheduled! Progress update for JIT2, C688, ITIL, SECFND, RHCSA, GCED

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

These articles and blog posts are my own opinion and do not reflect the view of my employer.



I have the Mobility+ exam scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Excited to get this one done and over with. I have a couple of practice exams I am going to be working today and tomorrow. Hopefully that should do it!

The next exam I need to take (planning on doing it next week) is ITIL Foundation. Already have the voucher so I just need to sit for the exam.

Cisco gave me the SECFND voucher. I have 60 days to schedule that. Once I finish ITIL I will be knocking this one out.

Received an email from SANS about doing the work study in Dallas. Currently on the waitlist. Hoping to get in because it will be a nice break from work. Looking forward to hearing from them with good news!

Focusing on school at the moment. Still have JIT2 and C688 to complete. Going to be working on those while taking a break from Mobility+ and this weekend. Hope to have some progress with them soon.

Haven’t made much progress when it came to RHCSA lately. I have been spread to far out lately. Once I get some other items done like ITIL, SECFND, or class I will probably pick this up some more. I have the book bought and everything.

Looking to help a friend study for the GCED here soon. That will be a nice series to help out with.

With all of the above being posted, the thing that has been bugging me the most is school. I haven’t been putting much attention into it like I should. I’m going to try and refocus and get that done to where I feel like I’m accomplishing at the rate I’d like.

GCIH Passed! Splunk Admin Passed! ITIL, JIT2, C688, Mobility+, GCED, RHCSA, SECFND, PTP

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

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Passed the GCIH this past friday with an 83% Glad to have that exam completed.

Passed the Splunk Certified Admin on Friday as well. Glad to have that so I can focus on the rest of the Splunk classes

Working on ITIL where I need to do the practice exams and then take the exam. Hopefully that is in the next week or two.

Need to work on reading for Mobility+. Watched the videos and plan on going to take this exam soon as well. The voucher is already bought

Need to focus on school for these next coming weeks. Need to catch up on two classes I’ve been meaning to work on. Now I have the time! JIT2 and C688. You will be mine before the end of the month.

I’ve been watching videos for RHCSA. I know that I want that on my radar but I don’t know where it fits yet. Hope to finish it soon.

Need to schedule to take the SECFND class. I have the voucher but waiting on ITPro.TV to finish their series.

Made some progress on PTP. Once some of the more pressing stuff finishes, this will be on my radar.


Outside of certification talks I am reading books on The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and Splunk Essentials. These should be quick reads to give the cert books a break.

Once everything dies down a bit plan on taking the GCED and a couple of certification that I have the books for. It depends on what piques my interest.

ITIL, GCIH, Mobility+, JIT2, C688, RHCSA

Monday, January 30th, 2017

These articles and blog posts are my own opinion and do not reflect the view of my employer.



Have not sat for any tests. Once I get the anxiety of taking the GCIH out of the way, I will focus on the ITIL exam. I need to finish the practice exams and just do it.


GCIH is planned for my birthday on the 3rd. Which is a great present to me hopefully!

ITIL should be shortly after.

Then I will have to focus on school for a little bit. I need to finish JIT2 (Risk Management) and C688 (Cyberwarfare) to make good on my classes this semester. I would also like to plan on taking more classes depending on how life and work are doing.

I started watching videos for RHCSA. Don’t know how involved I want to be. Looking into it for a project I am working on.

Still need to finish reading for Mobility+. Then I hope to work on the ISM.

Cisco scholarship needs some work. Don’t know how I will take that exam. I also need to finish the SECOPS portion here soon. We will see how the material works out for the exam. At the current moment I am looking forward more to CSA+ from CompTIA than I am for Cisco.

I still look forward to the PTP and AWS. Need to relax on the certifications for a bit to allow my budget to catch up.


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