Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Welcome to the Cylon Security Blog

Welcome to the Cylon Security blog.  The purpose of this blog is a place for me to sound off on the world of security as I deep dive into the world of network and cyber security.  I have been away from systems security as a focus for a very long time.  I used to be a computer security officer back many many years ago in the the Air Force.  The world of the Rainbow Series polices, procedures, guidelines, and protocols for systems security, risk analysis, prevention, detection, and training.  It was a different world back at that time and the internet really was just catching on and not really something that was on anyones radar at the time.  Networks were point to point, dedicated circuits, and strict controls about who could connect, what they could connect, and the controls on what was allowed.   Back then much of our computer viruses were transmitted by floppy disk and sneaker net... IE someone bringing and sharing something with someone else.  Computer Bulletin boards were our version of the internet and it was a wild time when IBM compatible PC's could barely make a beeping sound and display 16 colors on the screen...  I know, crazy right?

So the world has changed, the technology seems to be changing at a faster and faster pace now.  And it appears that the growth and changes have outpaced our ability to manage, maintain, and control our information, content, confidentiality, integrity, and availability.  The more complicated our computers, networks, and software have become the more possibilities for problems appears.

We see almost every day now reports of some major retailer, company, bank, or government agency that has been hacked.  Information stolen.  And the problems appear to be getting worse.  So security has been on my mind for some time.  I have many roles in Information Technology(IT) over the years aside from my days of computer security work in the Air Force.  Systems administration, network engineering, database administration, application support, application testing,  change and release management.  My jobs have been diverse and dare I say it some of them have been a lot of fun!

I am at a crossroads in my career.  It is time for me to make some hard choices about where I want to go and what I want to focus on from here.  I am drawn back to the network, and security.  I started looking at all the different certifications, sites, programs and frankly much of it is quite an information overload.  So I decided that I am going to focus on learning the network and deep dive into security.  I started last week studying my Comptia Security +.  I am about to schedule my test for late next week.  What I want to do is to share some of the things I am discovering along the way.  The certifications I am going to focus on, and the state of things as I learn them and use this blog as my sounding board for keeping track of my progress and maybe helping other people looking at security as a field of interest.

So that is the purpose of this blog.  I hope you will join me.  First up we will start talking Comptia Security +

In the mean time... Make sure your bits don't bite!

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