An Amazing Experience


In February of this year I was able to participate in the SkillsUSA. Personally, this was the first time I have ever competed for something so I was a nervous wreck (lol). Throughout taking the Cyber security classes I have learned many things about the computers, and internet. We can all use this to our advantage and if you are creative enough you can accomplish anything you want. You can do anything that you put your mind to and know that you have accomplished something good. All competitions are fun and also a learning experience to see what other’s have done during the competition. For this being my first ever competition it was a pleasure participating in such an awesome event. However, I wished we could have gone to state but with COVID19 and Hurricane Sally they cancelled the competition.

SkillsUSA 2020

This was amazing to say the least to watch all the students who worked hard to achieve their goals. People take things for granted and do not appreciate the hard work of others. Cyber Security is an awesome field of study. Learning what the hackers are doing and finding ways to keep them out of your personal information. Everyone is constantly using some type of electronic device, and many people do not think about who is spying on them. The information is out in the world for everyone to see. People do not think about the amount of information that can be easily obtained with no problems at all. Learning about these issues is one that people are willing to learn and find out the process of how the hackers retrieve their information on anyone they choose. The best part of the whole experience with the class and the competition was well just about all of it. Forensics was also quite interesting to say the least. Learning how to dig deep into someone’s computer to find out just about anything you want to know about that person is scary to think about but that is also how they catch people.

1st place Skillsusa 2020

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Learning about Cyber Security


Last October,  I decided to go back to school to get a certificate in Cyber Security. It has turned out to be an interesting class to say the least. I thought that I knew enough about computer’s turns out I did not know a whole lot of anything. There was tons of information at the beginning of the class that I personally have never even thought about when it comes to computer’s and how vulnerable they can be especially around the wrong people. If you do not protect your computer, cellphone, laptop, tablet  anything else that you use to connect to the internet the hacker’s can get in with no problems.  Although, I have passed the Microsoft Technology Associate part of the class I am currently working on CompTIA and it has taken me a little longer than I would have hoped to pass. I have been using Testout for studying however, we have learned that it is only 1/3 of the material that is covered compared to the test that I have taken.

In a week or so I will be competing in the SkillsUSA competition with another student and am exited to have this experience in the regionals. A little nervous as I have never competed with anyone except when it comes to work. Studying the materials and making sure that I am comfortable with the concepts is what I am focusing on right now. Working 60 plus hours a week along with going to night classes is stressful. However, the achievement at the end of the tunnel is something that I am looking forward to when it finally comes together.

Throughout, this course I have built my own computer mind you I have never put one together in my whole entire life. I ordered the parts with help of my instructor and took the computer apart. When all the parts came in I put it all back together with help from some of the other students. Of course, I could have never done that if I did not go to this class to learn more about computers. I have had many people ask me why I have gone back to school. I tell them because I don’t want to settle for nothing less that what I want out of life. I want to have options and maybe make some money on the side for something that I enjoy doing. In life you have to have trades and hobbies that make you feel good inside ones that make everything throughout the day just disappear for just a little while by doing something you love to do.

I just recently started the forensics side of security and let me tell you that is some interesting stuff right there and how it shows you how to dig deep down into someone’s computer to find the hidden files that they may or may not have hiding. It is quite interesting to me how people use the hashing algorithms to hide things or find things out about the other person on the other side of the computer. My instructor says he sees me working for the FBI someday. I do not think that I am ready for that right now however, it is nice thought to be in the forensics side of computer’s.

More details to come as I continue on this journey in learning more about Cyber Security and the ways you can protect yourself on the internet. I will have to break out my notes and make some more posts on Cyber Security