Affordable Online Colleges

Just a quick post: Just recently I summited my application for a school that offers a master’s degree and I can say it was pretty easy. Now I'm preparing for school and I got like less than a month. I'm not driving to a campus, but I'm doing my education online. So this update is a quick one, because I just wanted a masters in information technology and I believe that if I don't do it soon, then I would never complete it. So I guess I will explain the process in how I chose the cheapest degree I can afford. Keep in mind I have the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and with only 12 months remaining. When I wanted to know what graduate computer science Continue reading

LE-1: Linux Essentials 010-160 certificate

LE-1: Linux Essentials 010-160 certificate
I did it, I finally did it. I just purchased the Linux Essentials exam voucher and took the exam: I passed. To be fair, I barely passed and barely studied the material. My chain of thought was that because I took some courses in college (back in 2013-14) and took a online course during September, 2020, I just needed a "refresher"and I studied for 4 weeks. Consequently the score I received was like 570 out of 800. Passing was above 500 points. Not a great score, but it was a passing score. Let me say this, this is a certificate, not a certification. Its almost like CompTIA ITF+; therefore, it's an introduction. So let me explain what I did in four weeks and Continue reading

Cisco CyberOps Associate CBROPS 200-201 Official Cert Guide book review

Cisco CyberOps Associate CBROPS 200-201 Official Cert Guide book review
I just wanted to do a book review, because I don't see any book reviews on any CBROPS 200-201 study material. Just going to write down its strengths and weaknesses. Full disclosure, I read this ebook at O'Reilly's website and it was not ready to be published. It was a "rough cut", meaning it was not ready to be published But first, let me tell you where you can purchase or read Omar Santos' Cisco CyberOps Associate CBROPS 200-201 Official Cert Guide (isbn 9780136807834) and how this book can help you with the 200-201 exam. You can purchase this book at CiscoPress and it's a bit more expensive than buying it at Amazon. However, there is always a coupon that Continue reading

Getting your CySA+ Education for Cheap

Getting your CySA+ Education for Cheap
Well, let's do this: Around 3 months ago, I took the Cisco CBROPS (200-201) exam and I failed. The score was not that bad -720 but passing was 820-, but then moved on to something else. That something was Comptia CySA+ (CS0-002) and passed the exam. I am not going to lie, it was tough and I believe taking the Security+ and the Network+exam helped me with CySA+. The study material consists of one book, videos from Jason Dion, and some exam prep questions from the book. However, I believe that 20-30% of the material that I learned came from CBROPS material that I studied 3 months ago. So, the study material below is the minimum for you to pass the exam with a Continue reading

Invitation to consider Cisco’s Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate offering (CyberVets USA) for the Spring(May 2021) Cohort

Just a quick announcement, CyberVetsUSA is offering once again free education and test vouchers this year. If you or anyone you know that wants an opportunity to get the Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate (200-201 CBROPS) education and test vouchers (yes, as in plural. You get another one if you fail the first time) , please go to the CyberVetsUSA and apply. The deadline is March 1st, so hurry. I just got this email and I wanted to share quickly. Below is the email that I receive. This is a special invitation to IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity alumni who completed the CompTIA Security+ pathway. Are you currently employed in the IT industry utilizing the Continue reading

Free 200-201 CBROPS | Cisco CyberOps Certification Voucher from US Cyber Veterans Cisco Training Program

Free 200-201 CBROPS | Cisco CyberOps Certification Voucher from US Cyber Veterans Cisco Training Program
First, let me explain that I receive an email from someone or an organization asking if I want to participate an online class and receive a free voucher for the Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate exam. Of course there was nothing to do during 2020 because COVID-19 shut down most schools and entertainment places so I accepted the offer. But first let tell you I don't know how US Cyber Veterans Cisco Training Program (USCVCTP) found my email, but I believe the USCVCTP is partnered with Onward-to-Opportunity (O2O) and they reach me for the offer. So I accepted and then I wanted to know who or what organization was providing the funding. My quick research Continue reading

Netacad: NDG's Linux Unhatched and Linux Essentials review

Netacad: NDG's Linux Unhatched and Linux Essentials review
Okay, I have not posted anything for a long time, because I am very busy with studying the Linux fundamentals and something else. First let me tell you that I took some courses back in college (I believe in 2012-13) and I can say that I completely forgot 80% what I learned. So I hit the books and did some studying during this COVID-19 period. I am not sure if I want to continue learning Linux and take the CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) or the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 (101-500) exam after 2021. However, I do want to remember what I studied 7-8 years ago. Back in the day, I was energetic and curious about the Linux kernel and the free software that Continue reading

Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE)

This is just a quick post: The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and US military veterans. I just wanted to share something while I was looking up free certification education that I am thinking of taking in the 2020 fall. Sadly, I could not find any Cisco Cybersecurity Operations Fundamentals training/schooling. The Cisco 200-201 CBROPS is still too new, so I have to pay it out of pocket. However, I did stumble something for U.S. government employees and contractors, and veterans. So if you work for the Continue reading

Hire Heroes USA: Finding a job during these times

Hire Heroes USA: Finding a job during these times
Its been over a month and I have not yet posted anything. Well, I guess I was busy looking for a job during these crazy pandemic times. Let me tell you that I was looking for a job in February and the next thing you know there was COVID-19. Not a great time for job hunting. That is why I want to talk about a free service for military service members (and spouses) who are transitioning to civilian life or veterans that are looking for jobs. Hire Heroes USA is a nonprofit organization that helps people find jobs by providing some online tool/services. I learn about them when I got an email from O2O (Onward to Opportunity) and I signed for their help in Continue reading

Thank you O2O for getting my Security+ certification for free

Thank you O2O for getting my Security+ certification for free
Well I finally received the CompTIA Security+ certification and it's thanks to O2O (Onward to Opportunity). I took the test on February 18, 2020 and received the certificate in March 10. It was a tough test, but I believe that I only studied for like less than 7-8 weeks (5 days each week, each day was like 1-3 hours of study). Therefore, I barely passed the test. I recommend that you take the Security+ topics seriously as the exam cost about $300. I believe I spent 4 weeks on the videos and maybe like 3-4 weeks on the book. But first let me describe how I got a free certification from O2O. I just use a search engine and type "free certification for Continue reading