Week 1 of 68: Starting a new job, "NCSP: Foundation"

Tomorrow is the first day of my new job and I am both very nervous and very excited. I haven't worked on a schedule in quite a long time now, and both time management and waking up early have never been my strongest areas, but I'm determined to do the best I can in both of these areas, and to develop a system that works for me. I've purchased a few guides from Black Girl Lost Keys and am planning on looking more closely at Unfuck Your Habitat's September posts, and identifying critical areas that will either keep me on or throw me off track.

This week I'm also going to start looking at the study material for the NCSP Foundation course. I was very kindly offered this course by the cybersecurity-professionals twitter account a few months ago when stressing about being unemployed. I have only been able to look at the introductory section so far because of scheduling, but from what I've seen it seems really well laid out, and comes with a lot of useful resources. 

One of the main uses for this blog is going to be an outlet to talk about what I'm learning and the materials I'm using. It's not to be seen as an independent study resource for anyone else, nor is it a review or endorsement of the materials I'm using beyond that I wouldn't use something I don't find valuable. All it's meant to be is a place for me to strengthen what I am learning and possibly start a conversation about the subject matter at hand.

I'm going to go over all of the supplemental materials and see if there is any recommended pacing, or if I can gauge what my pace should be, as well as rewatch the videos from chapter 1, so I can talk about the material from the beginning.

Planning for the next 476 days

As of today there are 111 days left of 2020, adding that to next year, there are 476 days until the end of 2021.

I'm finally writing the blog entry for a website I registered close to the beginning of this year, and which has been reshaped multiple times before honing into what it is now. It's a barebones structure of what was originally planned, and what I would still like it to grow to be, but it is a functional structure and one that I can use as a framework. It is currently not optimized for mobile browsing at all, and that's ok. It's something I plan on resolving and sooner than later but as you'll see further down in this entry, I still have plenty of things on my to-do list, the only difference is that I'll have drastically less time to do it. This is a good thing, because after over a year of being laid off, I've gotten a full time job again!

My tech journey wasn't just something to get me to my next position though, and after taking some time off from studying, practicing, pretty much all projects, it's time to start prioritizing the things I've begun. Projects are going to stay in their current various states of nonexistence, save for minor work on the website, until I get some courses finished/certs taken.

To Study for:

Network+

Security+

SSCP

ICSI CNSS

NCSP Foundation

Autopsy Training

Mosse Cybersecurity Internship

I'm leaning the most toward the NCSP foundation course while I settle into the new job, it's one of the most self-contained options of the list above, which makes it feel more manageable. Network+ and Security+ I may delay until at least October. I'm going to get back to the SSCP at some point after those two, and I'll start working on Mosse again once I know exactly which machine I'll be setting up my labs on.

I won't be able to study for 12 hours a day, so I will be feeling out how much of a work load I can manage, but my goal is to finish all of these and hopefully more by the end of 2021!