3xban wrote:Good point Rance. LT, what is your current base of experience? Have you been working in IT? Do you have a programming or systems background? The way to succeed in this industry is to build up the base. Many of us have worked in IT for years doing one thing or another. Knowing some network and system fundamentals helps a good deal. I did notice you mentioned some Cisco books, did you get either of the certs or just picked up the books to get an idea of the material?
I have a degree in net engineering along with a CCNA and the routing part of my CCNP. I also have my RHCT. BUT that was 5 years ago and i have never had a job that uses it. I have had IT jobs and was department head BUT our network was sourced out before i got there. Prez said no touchy so i handled the lower end stuff. But i did work for IBM and i installed the back bone for the EBAY HQ in my area. But after that i switched to Mechanical Engineering because that had the career options i wanted. Hard to explain. haha.
The IP addressing is not hard for me to do. I can supernet and subnet address space for route propagation and ACLS in cisco routers just fine. Supernetting is my favorite especially when you used wild card masks for the Control lists haha What was confusing me was why all the attacks were private side. I was getting the impression from the material that access had already been gained and know you were just trying to enumerate more info. It was confusing me because i thought the material was supposed to teach how to gain access in order to know how to protect. I was not under the impression that such a unsecure server could exist, but then again, this is levle one material and they have to present it somehow for the basics. haha.
lol. BUT it has been 4 or 5 years since i have used my CCNP knowledge. My friend is Todd Lammle and his ghost writer and editor was my professor(the book was not the professor, haha. It was a real person:)). It was kind of cool.
Now, i will say this. Just because i was excellent at supernetting and configuring routers, does not mean i am good at security. I know how ICMP,TCP and other protocols work pretty well, but that does not mean i know how to manipulate them. I could never figure that part out. haha. Understanding things how they worked normally was easy for me, but to understand how to manipulate them or troubleshoot because they are not working so well, that was the hard part.
This is why i am wanting to complete the heorot courses. I feel that as an mechanical engineer, this can and will help my problem solving skills and a sense of accomplishment. haha. I never know if in the future, i will be called to the office because the IT team needs some help. So i do like to review concepts every so often. BUT security is something i have never done. I mean its easy to follow a firewall tutorial to protect your house or company, but if you dont know why its doing what it is doing, well then. haha and thats why i am here. to learn security. haha.
That was a LONG winded reply but i wanted to make sure i expressed my unawareness of security but also let you know that i have some excellent exp in networking.
you guys are awesome and i trust you all. thanks much.