Discussion 5 hacking Responses

Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with at least a 100-word reply about his or her Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn from your classmates’ postings?
  • What additional questions do you have after reading the postings?
  • What clarification do you need regarding the postings?
  • What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

Please provide responses to the following two Posts.


James’s Post

Before this course, I only had a surface-level idea of what it took to hack. As I mentioned in my first discussion most of what I saw was “Hollywood hacking” and now I know it was incorrect. There is quite of bit of skill that goes into hacking, one must understand networking, various computer systems, and even the laws. Nevertheless, the amount of knowledge and skill isn’t what stood out to me the most. That crown belongs to the billion-dollar industry surrounding hacking and how much financial damage it causes.    The ability to interact with my peers was a great help in understanding the process of hacking. Many of them had refreshing takes on the topics of discussion and challenged my way of thinking. However, not as impactful as the labs, which allowed the use of the applications and processes a hacker would use. The first-hand experience is priceless, seeing as there could be severe legal or financial ramifications for trying out some of this software for yourself, even if it’s just for “learning purposes”.    Overall, the course was a joy to be a part of. I acquired a mass of valuable information, that is going to help me on my journey to becoming a security professional. I do believe they could have updated the labs, seeing as these labs have been around for a while. A quick Duck duck go search was all it took to spoil the learning challenge, but I knew better than to do that. I wish everyone here much success on their journey and I hope to see you all at the finish line. Lastly, thank you, Prof. Deleeuw, your live chats were great to re-watch, I wish I attended more of them in person.


Lonnie’s Post

I think the most compelling topic for this session was awareness of how closely my current position aligns with cybersecurity tools, methods, and topics.  Maybe the culture at my current employer is more advanced than previous jobs, but I literally use every tool we discussed during this session in my current position and it seems as though a security mindset is embraced throughout my current organization rather than just at the perimeter or in IT.  Down to the end-user, everyone understands the importance of security and safe practices and I’m very thankful I have the opportunity to learn in CTU’s environment and correlate or apply what I’m learning in a functional capacity.  

I always look forward to reading my fellow classmates’ posts on the discussion board as we all bring unique experiences to the table.  In my current line of work, I’m exposed to a lot more scenarios and technologies than some, just as there are certain things I’ll never see outside of the textbook.  It’s good seeing different approaches and experiences we can share in the DB posts.

Going forward, I would encourage anyone reading this post, to keep an open mind when dealing with anything related to network security.  In terms of approach or bearing, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” but follow it up with, “I’ll find the answer for you.”  Also, immediately remove “It’s not my job” from your vocabulary.  As your responsibility level grows, everything becomes “your job”.  I can tell you from personal experience, as a network analyst/engineer,  you’re expected to know your job and the jobs of every department that interfaces with the network or devices you manage.  Gaining perspective from the security and vulnerability portion of my career field from these CTU classes has helped me grasp a better understanding of my current position and what my contribution potential is.  I wish you all the best in your endeavors and hope to see you all finish strong!



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