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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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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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Port Scanning

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2023 11:40:15 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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In the world of cybersecurity, port scanning is an essential and commonly used technique for assessing the security posture of a target system. It involves scanning the open network ports on a computer or network to identify vulnerabilities and potential entry points for attackers.

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Network Segmentation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2023 2:42:05 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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Network segmentation is a critical aspect of IT security that is often overlooked. It involves dividing a network into smaller subnetworks or segments to enhance security by mitigating cyber-attacks. The CompTIA Network+ certification program offers in-depth training on network segmentation, helping new and experienced IT professionals gain an understanding of the importance of this security measure.

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Network Address Translation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2023 3:19:33 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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Network address translation (NAT) is an important aspect of networking that ensures communication between devices within and outside a network. In today's world, where businesses rely on the internet and networking resources, NAT plays an essential role in protecting devices from uninvited access, managing traffic flow, and optimizing network performance. In this article, we will delve into the subject of NAT and provide a comprehensive guide to its workings, advantages, disadvantages, issues, and best practices.

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Storage Area Networks

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2023 10:41:35 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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If you are working in the Information Technology (IT) industry, you might have come across the term Storage Area Networks (SANs). SANs are designed to provide high-speed storage access to servers with the goal of maximizing performance, scalability, and reliability. In this article, we'll provide a detailed overview of SANs, including their components, types of architectures, protocols, benefits, and challenges. We'll discuss the future of SANs and the CompTIA Storage+ certification, along with tips for preparing and passing the exam.

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Non-Repudiation Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2023 8:04:01 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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In the world of IT security, non-repudiation is a crucial concept that refers to the ability to prove that a specific action or transaction took place and that it cannot be denied or disputed by any party involved. This is achieved by using a variety of methods and technologies that ensure the integrity and authenticity of data, messages, and transactions. In this article, we will explore the various aspects of non-repudiation, including its definition, importance, legal implications, implementation, compliance with industry standards, comparisons with other security measures, and real-life case studies.

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2023 2:04:15 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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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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Optimizing Storage: Harnessing the Power of RAID

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2023 1:24:02 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Glossary

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When it comes to data storage, there are a variety of options available. Among these, one technology that has gained significant traction is the Redundant Array of Independent Disks, or RAID. In this article, we will explore the ins and outs of RAID technology and its many benefits.

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Lack of IT Work Experience Holding You Back? Here's 13 Creative Ways to Boost Your Resume

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2023 11:39:22 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in Getting Started in IT

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When you’re just starting out in the IT industry lack of relevant experience can make it really difficult to land that all-important first job, even if you have certifications such as CompTIA A+ and Network+. This can make things very disheartening, and it feels counterintuitive that companies are asking for candidates with significant experience for supposedly entry-level jobs. But don’t give up, there are creative ways to build your professional experience and enhance your resume. Here are some strategies to try:

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