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The Free and Affordable Training Sites Have Merged!

I had a week of PTO and since I have no idea how to just relax and chill, I took a much-needed break from social media and emails and created a new site combining the old Free Training Site and Affordable Training Site into one. In the process, I fixed broken links, updated prices that changed, and added social media profiles associated with the training. There is nothing over $1,000 (base price). The new site provides a better way to search. You can search everything at once, search only the free training, or search only a specific category. You can...

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The Get Your Start in DFIR Scholarship Site Just Launched!

Last year I announced that I had two more websites planned after creating the Free Training and Affordable Training sites. The first one, Get Your Start Careers, a US & Canada job board for entry level jobs in DFIR, Cybersecurity, Intelligence and Tech launched in May. I also planned on creating a scholarship site to help others get into the field because I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the training and certification scholarships I received in the past. I experimented with different funding options but none of them worked out. Then Josh Mason, who started...

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Get Your Start Careers Just Launched!

Many of you know that I’ve been working on a website for the past few months. Well, I finally took it out of “Coming Soon” mode but it’s pretty bare. Hopefully candidates and employers will sign up and start posting jobs and resumes. I would love to see more people get their start! Get Your Start Careers is for people looking to get their start in Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR), Cybersecurity, Intelligence or Tech in the US or Canada. All job postings are manually reviewed. The job posting criteria for Get Your Start Careers is as follows: The...

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How to Incorporate Home Lab Experience into Your Resume

Someone asked me an excellent question yesterday about how to go about framing home lab experience into professional experience. I thought I could explain it best in a blog post with examples, so here it goes… A decade prior to entering the DFIR field, I was in technical support for about a year. I then moved to a very non-technical Identity & Access Management role for several years (think Excel spreadsheets all day long). Most of my technical experience was from what I did in my home lab. Keep in mind, I am by no means a resume expert, but...

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My Journey into DFIR

Prior to getting into IT, I held various positions such as office manager, accounts payable clerk, truck driver, and loss prevention agent. My father was a programmer for Sperry Univac and I loved going there with him on Take Your Kid to Work Day. In 1999, I started college as a Computer Science major but algorithms and subsequent calculus classes quickly changed that. Math was definitely not my strong point. I changed my major to Criminal Justice and planned on getting a CSI certificate as part of the degree. I liked investigating things. I was about six classes away from...

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