Whiteboard Tactics and Security provides cybersecurity resources for those who are looking to break into the industry. You will find study guides covering many topics, and tools to help develop your skills.
My name is Shaun and I am an Internet Researcher and Ethical Hacker from Winnipeg. I got started in UNIX Mid Range Operations and then became a technician upgrading workstations, networking hardware for financial institutions and POS systems in box stores.
I left the IT world (don't ask why) and jumped into masonry, construction, and sales. Projects finished on time and within budget. The zen, discipline, and salary were good but after the years started to pass it was clear — I missed working in technology.
So, I went back to school to further my IT career.
Red River College - Info Technology, Project Management Cert, Business Analyst
Microsoft - Azure Cloud
HubSpot Acadamey - Marketing
CompTIA Pentest+ - Taking exam soon
Hasso Plattner Institute - Confidential Comms in the Internet, Digital IDs, Cyber Threats by Malware, Cybersecurity Basics Exam (completed 2021)
Cybrary - Advanced Penetration Testing (completed 2019)
edX - CS50: Intro to Computer Science (updated since 2018, need to retake)
StationX - Complete CyberSec Course vol 1to4 (video course completed 2018)
There are more but you get the point.
z3r0trust - Ret. USMC SSG: Expert in Information Security and OSINT takes the time to write about His experiences and I consider every paper like an online course.
Hacks4Pancakes - Ret. US Military: DFIR Expert and Industry Leader takes the time to write about Her experiences and provides sound advice on Infosec Careers.
HTML, CSS, PHP, and Visual Studio I use every day and consider myself an advanced cPanel/CentOS user. Rust, Java, Python, and Machine Learning are also in the mix. I've administered content management systems and guided many people when PostNuke and PHP-Nuke were in their prime. I miss being the one people came to when they had computer problems which is another reason I came back to work in this industry.
As for actual hacking it takes an Iron Will through trial and error. It takes Time. Patience. Research. Procedure. Humility. Breaking the law (I bet you didn't ask for permission). A healthy understanding of Networking. What is the purpose of CIA? Methedologies. How Computers Work. Taking apart desktops, laptops, and servers. Breaking components. Encryption. Cryptography. Virtual Machines and Operating Systems. Wireless Networks. Popular Hacking Suites. Writing your own scripts. Gadgets. On-line Courses. Youtube Channels. Study Guides. Hard-cover Books. Coding Tactics. Messing up. Bricking devices. Frustration. Learning How Web Apps Work. Risk Assessments. Learning about exploits and how to put them to use. Practicing attacks. Capture the Flags. Hack Challenges.
If you find something during a penetration test will you disclose it responsibly? Or use what you have found for personal gain?
Sharp Social Engineering Skills (SSES) comes in handy too!
Last but not least, I want to say Thank You to those on Twitter who've spent countless hours in their field of expertise, and then provided material for everyone else to learn. You Rock!
Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. Then apply it to enhance your life.