May 18, 2021

Career advice question.

First off, let me just say that I’m probably the 1,00th person to ask this question on here so bear with me for a moment.

I’m looking at possibly changing my career path and going in to Cyber/SOC .

My background:

About 20 years of experience in IT – of all sorts. I have various IT certs – Net+, Security+, RHCSA, and an expired MCSE, and a smattering of other certs like entry-level vmware. Have read a good portion of the old ICND Cisco CCNA books but never bothered taking the exam.

I’ve managed a pretty broad spectrum of “services” ranging from Linux bind DNS servers, LDAP, IDM, Apache Proxys and virtualhosts, mysql db’s, Samba servers (ctdb),etc..

I’m currently a Senior Linux Systems Administrator (12+ years here)

BS degree in CIS.

All that being said, what would be a good “fit” for my skillset in the SOC and some certifications that might better align with my experience.

Would something like SEC401 or SEC450 be worthwhile?

-OR- would it make more sense to try to jump in to a CyberArchitect job considering my many years of working in a Data Center.

Keep in mind that I don’t want to be an “entry-level” cyber person considering I know my way around a network and servers quite well.



I would recommend going to a Network security position due to all your experience I think you are over qualified to a SOC, over all since it’s not entry level you will not find any challenge at all.

Since you have datacenter experience. I would go CCNP for security devices deployments, FW, IPS, Anti DDoS, Network Telemetry, SIEM, Anti Malware protection, cloud sec.

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