As a life-long learner, and someone who is passionate about both bettering myself and helping others to reach higher and achieve their goals, I’m constantly on the lookout for fresh educational materials particularly in the areas of IT Administration and Security. I’m always amazed at the breadth of knowledge that is available, albeit, often at a substantial cost. I’m even more amazed at the amount of free content available but can’t help but be anxious about the quality, validity and dubious characters claiming to be experts just because they have a YouTube Channel. I’ve recently had the opportunity to get an up-close look at Cybrary, a relatively new online training provider with some known instructors. Oh… And before I forget, I should mention – they’re FREE! Could this be the best of both worlds?
Cybrary’s goal is spelled out very clearly when they describe “Our Revolution” throughout their site. They state, “We believe IT and Cyber Security training should be free, for everyone, forever. We believe that everyone, everywhere, deserves the OPPORTUNITY to learn. What they do with the opportunity is up to them, but the opportunity should be available. Join us in demanding liberation, help us in forcing change.” That’s all well and good. But how’s the actual training?
By Todd Kendall
It seems pertinent during this time of year, as I finish off the last batch of left over Christmas cookies, some peppermint bark, and a large glass of eggnog, to talk about a phenomenon known as the sugar high. I’m talking about the high one gets after consuming large amounts of sugar, also called a “sugar rush.” Sugar highs cause twitchiness, spasms, and hyper excitability. Sugar highs do not last very long and leave a person feeling drained afterwards.1
As an IT Security Consultant I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations over the years, often on multiple occasions and on multiple projects that stem from Security Policy Development, Gap Analysis, Penetration Testing, and in some cases Incident Response and Forensics. When you work with organizations in this capacity it is difficult not to develop personal relationships over time, and, as any good consultant will tell you, you want to gain a “trusted” relationship not only from an ethical point of view but also from a capitalist point of view. Let’s face it, more trust, means more business.
Like any relationship, you may find yourself in a position at some point where you simply have to tell the other party that they simply aren’t listening. Despite all of the times you have had the same conversation, and they swear up and down to take your advice.
The Ethical Hacker Network is an online magazine with a focus on those in the profession. It’s wonderful to have technical content, videos, book reviews and an active discussion forum, but what good does it do if we can’t help our readers achieve their career goals? Being an “online” magazine also means that we have a wide audience not confined within the borders of the United States. How can we also help our international audience? One way to answer both questions is to continue our ongoing series of interviews with ethical hacking movers and shakers. So here is another conversation with someone who can provide some quality insight to the questions posed above, because he did it. Ilia Kolochenko became a professional ethical hacker in Europe.
Ilia is the CEO of High-Tech Bridge, a security services and research outfit in Geneva, Switzerland. But clearly he wasn’t born a chief executive. Just like most of us, he grew up dreaming of being a hacker, even if he had no idea it was an actual profession. This is his story, and it was quite surprising to see just how similar it sounds. But that’s not a bad thing. He took his passions, combined them with his military skills, added in a little workplace frustration, and… Well you’ll just have to find out for yourself.