December 14, 2019

Life in security has been one of sporadic accomplishment and constant humility.  As in, I can resolve most firewall related problems, but other times just completely (and shamefully) miss the mark.  Luckily, I work with some brilliant network security engineers who are there to help. 

It started out with a simple change inquiry from our netw...

September 24, 2019

11:00 P.M. Tuesday

I had 98% iPhone battery life left, but wanted to make sure it hit 100%.  I was on-call for the next 7 days - and it was only Day 1.  Seems ridiculous to think the phone's battery would die completely overnight, but I didn't want to take any chances.  I was primary on-cal...

May 12, 2018

When there are network connectivity issues, the first thing to be blamed is the firewall.  

40% of my job is proving that the issue is not with the firewall.  The simplest of tasks is just showing the customer that traffic has ingressed and egressed successfully out of a dual or multi-homed firewall.  

We manage the firewalls of Customer A....

August 7, 2017

The OSI Model is used to describe how data moves from your networked computer to an application in another network.  Instead of trying to memorize all the layers, the protocols, and what device belongs in which layer, it is better to just know the concepts.    

Here is an excerpt from the OSI Model video from the members section of the site.  


July 28, 2017


An IDS is a technical detective control.  

An IPS is a technical preventative control. 

An anti-virus program is a technical preventative control.

Associating these three control types to an IDS, IPS, and anti-virus will take you far in remembering the basic concept for the exam. 

Preventative Control: Spans administrative, technical, and physical contr...

April 4, 2016

Sometimes we forget about the simplest things in network security, one of which is cabling! 

It’s in every one of your study guides, so you can probably bet you’re going to need to know it for the CISSP exam! 

Enjoy the video, leave a comment if you have any questions! 

August 18, 2015

Are you a Systems Administrator or Systems Engineer?

Security Engineer or Cyber Security Engineer?

Or are you trying to figure out if you’re the Chief Information Security Officer, or Chief Information Officer?

Our industry has a lot of titles, whether it be appointed or self-appointed.

The CISSP exam won’t ask you directly what each of these roles do, but ra...

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