I am taking one hour short of a full load this semester. I wanted to take a full load, but one hour short was just the way my selection of classes worked this semester. They are all fundamentals classes, and so I need to take them. I have not decided what I will take next semester, but I will set a meeting with a professor a few weeks before registration to get some advice.
Anyway, life has been BUSY. I do not have a job yet, and I wonder where I will find the time for one while still in school. I spend most of the day on school work, and I am mentally exhausted at the end of the day, but it is interesting material. For those who know something about IT, yesterday I read about DNS servers, DHCP, and some major networking shell commands. Today I worked through a project in my book on how to flush my DNS cache and then specify my laptop’s DNS settings. I enjoyed some nerdy fun in knowing how to do that.
Being in a cybersecurity program has made me more careful about online security. I suppose I am developing a more security conscious mindset. I have learned through class and independent study how dangerous public WiFi can be. Before I started this program, I never accessed bank accounts, did online shopping, or paid bills while logged into public WiFi. Now I have stopped using it all together unless I enable a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to secure my internet traffic. Fortunately I found a good VPN for an affordable price, and it works on every device I have (Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS). That is a good deal. I needed something so that I could feel relatively safe using the WiFi at school or at libraries.
I have some old habits in how I type which have not been a problem for me in the past, but now I am trying to enter an IT field. I think I need to resolve them, and so I will practice each day (with maybe one day off). That could lead to more writing on this blog. Some of the writing, however, may just be ramblings on a fictional world idea I have tossed around in my head, and that material will likely be stored only on my computer, at least for now. We will see how it goes. I slowed down my writing on this blog a while back so that I would have more time for school, but now typing will be relevant job preparation. It will be worth the time. I think I can manage 30 minutes each day.
The summer semester will be short, and so I had hoped to take take three certification tests during the spare time, but the department dean told me that would be unrealistic and instead told me to focus on one. I will ask one of my instructors whether she thinks two is realistic. If not, then I will simply take the Network+ test and then get the Security+ in the Spring. I have not decided what I will take after that. A+ is a standard IT certification, but I have heard mixed opinions on how helpful it is in cybersecurity (please feel free to comment if you know). While looking at a list of job in the Atlanta area, I also noticed that many of them required CISSP. I will need to research that one, and I will get advice from instructors at school.