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Paul Ricketts

Paul Ricketts
Originally from the UK, Paul Ricketts is the Director of Marketing at TrainACE in Greenbelt, MD. Having started out in the field of Geographic Information Systems, Paul has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of industries, focused on tech., graphics and data analysis. Having finally settled in the field of marketing, he has spent the last 8 years fine tuning his skills in the art of communication and persuasion.

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Transitioning from MCSA/MCSE to Azure: Updating Your Legacy Certifications and Recertification Options

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2024 4:09:42 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Azure

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As cloud technology revolutionizes the IT industry, professionals with Microsoft certifications, such as MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert), are finding themselves at a crossroads. The advent of Microsoft Azure has introduced a new suite of certifications that align with the evolving demands of the cloud-centric world. Understanding the process of transitioning to Azure and updating your skills is crucial if you are holding legacy certifications. This article provides a strategy to upgrade from MCSA and MCSE to Azure certifications, focusing on key steps, recertification options, and the benefits of this transition.

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Navigating the Complex Landscape of IT Security Management through Certifications

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2024 5:01:13 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CISM, CISSP, Security+

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Why Transitioning to Microsoft Azure Certifications is Essential for IT Professionals

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2024 2:55:39 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Microsoft, Azure

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Understanding Social Engineering Tactics

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 22, 2024 11:59:02 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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Social engineering is a technique used by hackers and scammers to trick people into divulging confidential information or taking some kind of action that would be harmful to their security. It can take many forms, from phishing scams and pretexting to baiting and quid pro quo tactics. In today's world of advanced technology, social engineering has become a major concern for individuals and businesses alike. In this article, we will explore the basics of social engineering and the role that CompTIA plays in preventing these types of attacks.

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Mastering Risk Management and Governance with (ISC)2 CRGC Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2024 11:18:30 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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As cyber threats become more sophisticated, organizations need assurance that their critical systems and sensitive data are secured. This is where implementing robust risk management methodologies and governance controls becomes essential. Professionals skilled in these areas provide immense value for enabling organizational resilience. One certification that validates expertise in managing risk and compliance is the Certified in Risk and Governance Control (CRGC) from (ISC)2.

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How to Become CISSP Certified: A Guide for Information Security Experts

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2024 4:35:57 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CISSP, (ISC)2

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In the rapidly evolving field of information security, earning a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification is a significant milestone. It’s a testament to your expertise, dedication, and commitment to your cybersecurity career. If you’re an information security professional, such as a cybersecurity risk analyst, contemplating the next steps in your career, becoming CISSP certified could be the game-changer you’re looking for. Let’s dive into how you can achieve this esteemed certification, addressing critical aspects like experience requirements, the certification process, endorsements, and why it’s worth the effort.

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Your Guide to CEH and CHFI Certifications: Mastering Cybersecurity with EC-Council

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2024 4:23:04 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CEH, CHFI, EC-Council, Ethical Hacking

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In the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity, the demand for skilled professionals who can defend digital assets against cyber threats is at an all-time high. In our years of experience, two certifications that stand out for individuals looking to make their mark in this domain are the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications offered by the EC-Council. These certifications validate your cybersecurity and forensic investigation expertise and open doors to numerous high-profile jobs in the IT security sector. Let's dive into our guide that outlines a training strategy for these in-demand EC-Council certifications, emphasizing learning hacking skills, mastering tools and techniques, and leveraging hands-on labs and practice environments.

 

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Navigating IT Security Management: A Strategic Guide to RMF and CGRC

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2024 1:30:59 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in (ISC)2, RMF, CGRC

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As the cybersecurity industry matures, we're seeing more demand for middle and higher-level management roles, particularly around the Washington DC region and other major business centers. Rapid growth in IT, especially in IT security, is creating increasing opportunities for practitioners with a few years of experience under their belts. Let's explore two major components of IT security strategy that can help you prepare for one of those roles.  

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Navigating the World of CRISC: A Key to Unlocking Your IT Risk Management Potential

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2024 2:51:18 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in ISACA, CRISC

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Managing risks effectively has become a critical asset in the ever-evolving Information Technology industry. This is where the CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certification, a prestigious credential by ISACA, steps into the limelight. But what exactly is this certification, and how can it elevate your professional journey in IT risk management? Let's dive into the world of CRISC, exploring its intricacies and the value it offers.

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Public Key Infrastructure

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2023 7:48:54 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Getting Started in IT, A+

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Public Key Infrastructure, commonly known as PKI, is a security mechanism widely used by organizations to secure digital communication and data transfer. It is a set of hardware, software, policies, and procedures that enable the secure transmission of sensitive information over the Internet. In this article, we will delve deeper into the workings of PKI and its various components, the advantages and drawbacks of using PKI, best practices for implementing and maintaining a secure PKI system, as well as the future of PKI.

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