Author: brford

Introducing the CompTIA Security+ SY0-701 Exam

Every three years or so the folks at CompTIA update the exam objectives for each of their certification programs. The exam objectives list out the topics covered on each of the certification exams. In November 2023 CompTIA introduced the updated Security+ SY0-701 exam. I am a Security+ Instructor and was offered the opportunity to view […]

Gifts for Everyone 2023

Here is my list of Gifts for Everyone, the 2023 edition. Call me the office grab bag or secret Santa gift whisperer. I’ve assembled this list mostly from items that I’ve bought (at Amazon) and use almost everyday. There are gifts for those who are studying for an exam and others for that hard to […]

All about hping

The hping is a network tool used to send custom ICMP/UDP/TCP packets and to display target replies.  It provides the capability to use additional protocols unlike ping which uses ICMP to send messages and receive replies. The utility hping3 is the version of the utility that is included in the Kali Linux distribution. Note: At […]

The Cost of Security Certification Exams

A student recently asked me about my views on different cybersecurity certifications. I offered my views but their response was that they wanted my opinion on the real value. I spoke about my view that working in cybersecurity really required a commitment to lifelong learning. That wasn’t doing it for them. They wanted it boiled […]