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Thanks Is Never Enough!

It’s always weird to start a blog post with an image, but that’s what I’m doing here. You see, I’ve got a ton to be thankful for at this point. In the past 7 months, I’ve participated in the SANS Cyber FastTrack, scoring 65th out of 3,498 people. I’ve been generously gifted the PTS Course from eLearnSecurity and obtained my eJPT certification, and now, I’m proud to announce that ActualTom has obtained his first corporate sponsorship from the awesome folks over at CyberSecLabs (https://www.cyberseclabs.co.uk/).

I first met the founder of CyberSecLabs through networking in random InfoSec communities and Discord servers. We discussed my frustrations with HackTheBox’s platform (specifically, the fact the VPN is open to a bunch of users and labs get messed up a lot), he offered to sponsor a subscription to their platform.

My reviews will be honest and to the point of a thoughtful review of their platform. That said, the Beginner labs in CyberSecLabs are supposed to be a good prep for the OSCP certification I’m dutifully working towards.

So, to the team at CyberSecLabs – THANK YOU. Really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. You guys have gone out of your way to be helpful in your Discord, and you’ve made my life, consisting of a fulltime job, a family, a college degree I’m chasing, a non-profit I’m helping run, and finally my passion, achievable. I look forward to reviewing your platform, and again, thank you.

How Life Can Change in a Month

A short month ago I had this idea in my head, after being exposed to the world of Twitch via my kids and a couple of people I’ve learned from – why not try it myself? So I tugged on my Logitech headset, turned on my webcam, and proceeded to make a fool out of myself attempting to get through rooms on a website called TryHackMe. Thanks to the awesome people in the Ur-Hackr.com Discord, the VetSec Inc. Slack, and my amazing family, I’ve stuck with it now for a month. Monday-Friday, 5pm PST, on Twitch, beating my head against a keyboard.

I also recorded a 5 minute trial course on Cybrary.it, only to seemingly see it fall through (FYI, I got ghosted, for anyone else that gets any of their recruiting emails). I upped my participation in VetSec a bit, and learned a lot about the industry I’m transitioning into. I finished my second course on the path to a Masters Degree, and started the third.

Over the month, I figured my streaming would be a good outlet for me to get some practice time, and if a few people came to say hi online, so be it. I didn’t expect what really happened. In a short month, the generosity of community has been amazing. As I sit writing this, 156 people follow my stream (basically, they’ve agreed to get email notices when I go live). Additionally, 25 people have subscribed in total, which means they’ve paid to eliminate advertisements for themselves on my stream and support me monetarily. I didn’t anticipate either. I had hoped for maybe 25 followers and a couple subs. Blown. Away.

In addition to this, thanks to the leadership at VetSec Inc. and the wonderful sponsorship by eLearnSecurity, I was gifted a Cybersecurity course called Penetration Testing Student. This past week I passed the exam and am now a certified eJPT.

Finally, even though I can’t go into too much details yet, my work with VetSec, Inc., is just beginning. For anyone that is a veteran interested in CyberSecurity, or is active duty and looking for more information on the Information Security domain, please contact me or visit VetSec at https://veteransec.com. My work there is only beginning and I look forward to sharing more of my journey with all of you! Stay tuned!