Certifications and Training


Current Certifications:

One of many ways to keep current is to keep moving forward studying for and receiving the very industry certifications that my students may be facing. The following are the certifications I currently hold. I expect this list will grow over time:

NSTISSI No. 4011 certification: the NSA (National Security Administration) approved "Information Systems Security Professionals" certification. Many organizations, especially those working with Department of Defense (DoD), require their technical employees to have this one.

NSTISSI​  No. 4013: the National Information Assurance Training Standard For System Administrators. This mean that the NSA and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) recognize that I have completed the required training for network security professionals who assist federal agencies and private sector entities to protect their information and aid in the defense of the nation's vital information resources. This is one of the advanced training standards that is intended for System Administrators that are responsible for the security oversight or management of critical networks.


 Given my abiding interest in Databases and Database Security I elected to take a few courses from the industry leader Oracle. I will likely be taking more of their training as I intend to keep current on Oracle’s forward movement and they have already released 12c. Below is a list of Oracle University courses I have taken:

 Oracle Database 11g: Introduction to SQL for Experienced Developers

 Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop


Future Certifications:

 Information Technology and Information Security are passions of mine. Teaching these subjects requires just as much (if not more) professional development than working in the industry, particularly since I want my students to receive the best and most relevant information I can offer. The following are the certifications I am currently studying for. I will try to update this page as I acquire the certs below:

 CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker The CEH exam trains students in practical security in order to be a trusted security resource for a company.  As a CEH, students perform ethical hacking and penetration tests under the control and governance of their organization in order to help the company better secure their information resources.  These skills allow the students to understand and utilize the same tools that outside malicious entities will use to attack the organization.

CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor The CISA exam trains students to conduct audits of information systems ranging from software to servers to networking devices.  It trains students to think critically about the design and business factors which go into a system while re-enforcing security requirements and controls from a risk based perspective.  This training is highly sought after by firms seeking security analysts or full time auditors.  Much like the CISSP, CISM and the GSEC, this certification is regarded by many as one of the terminal security certifications required to be a 'true' security professional.