Monthly Archives: January 2024

Maximize Savings on CompTIA Exams: A Strategic Guide for 2024

Are you considering pursuing CompTIA certifications in 2024? Here’s a heads-up to help you plan your studies and certifications wisely, especially with CompTIA’s upcoming price increase effective February 1, 2024.  CompTIA will be increasing the costs of all their certification exams, but you can beat the price hike by planning your studies and when you take your certification exam.

How It Works: Your Roadmap to Savings

  1. Visit Total Seminars’ Website: Before you jump into registering for your CompTIA exam, take a detour to the Total Seminars website. There, you can purchase a discount voucher.
  2. Order Processing: Once you’ve made your purchase, we’ll process your order promptly. Expect an email to land in your inbox, containing your voucher number.
  3. Seal the Deal with VUE: Head over to the VUE website to register for your CompTIA exam. At the payment stage, you’ll have a choice: credit card or voucher. Opt for the latter and input the voucher number from your Total Seminars email.
  4. Savings that Last: The beauty of Total Seminars discount vouchers? They’re valid for up to 11 months. Check your email for the exact expiry date and make sure to register for your exam online with VUE before that deadline.

By taking advantage of Total Seminars’ Discount Vouchers, you not only beat the impending price hike but also ensure that your certification journey is a budget-friendly one.

Why Total Seminars?

Total Seminars is your trusted ally in the realm of IT certifications. We not only bring you the best training materials, as a CompTIA member we bring unparalleled savings on exam vouchers.  Helping you invest in your career without breaking the bank. Don’t miss this opportunity to lock in 2023 prices and make your 2024 certification goals a reality.

Total Seminars can purchase vouchers for CompTIA exams at a discounted rate, and we pass the savings on to you. By choosing Total Seminars, you can get a discount voucher that slashes the cost compared to what you’d pay at the CompTIA web store or when registering directly with VUE.

Starting February 1, 2024, CompTIA is set to raise prices on all their exams. But fear not! As a CompTIA member company, Total Seminars can offer you a lifeline to significant savings. Until our inventory lasts, we will maintain our 2023 discount voucher prices.

Act now, plan ahead, and secure your future with Total Seminars Discount Vouchers. Your career will thank you!

Talk to you next week,

Mike


Make your Security+ goal apart of “new year, new me” resolutions with  Live Training Offer!

What if you could engage in interactive instructor-led training, part-time, and from the comfort of your home to become Security+ certified? Imagine what that would do for your confidence… your career — and at the perfect time ahead of the new year when more jobs are posted and hired than any other time!

The part-time weekly schedule is simple: Mondays – Thursdays from 6 – 9 PM and Saturdays from 9 – 2 PM (U.S. Central Time).

Total Seminars has resources to help you self-study for your CompTIA Certifications

Total Seminars e-books are now available: Check out all of our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub.

Practice Tests: TotalTester practice tests have hundreds of questions in a pool that allows you to create custom exams by exam domain or by chapter. Take tests in Practice mode with assistance (hints and explanations) or in Final mode to see if you are ready for the real exams. Includes complete explanations for each question.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+ and Network+ have hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.


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Security+ and Incident Response Analyst

Today I’m starting a new series on how CompTIA Security+ (SY0-701) can help with your career move. Let’s talk about being an incident response analyst and how you can move into a great cybersecurity career.

Incident response is a professional career where you react to a cyberattack or a breach in a company’s security. Incident response analysts are professionals who stop the attack, assess, and remediate damage to the company systems.

An incident response analyst not only needs to have the technical knowledge to determine what occurred, but also deal with what occurred in the attack. Much like “first responders” incident response analysts need to keep a cool head and be able to guide a team of responders to minimize any effect of an attack or breach of company’s network or data.

An incident response analyst works to identify and monitor security threats in corporate cyber systems. Responsibilities include:

Prevent escalation of severe security threats
Provide reports to corporate security teams
Utilize tools to minimize the effects of a security breach on corporate networks
Perform analysis to ensure a corporate computer network is clear of threats.
Implement and optimize security tools to prevent the same security issues from reoccurring (create security procedures)

An incident response analyst role in categorized under cybersecurity analyst. While a cybersecurity analyst is responsible for detecting cyber threats and then implementing changes to protect an organization, an incident response analyst is focused on specific security events. Success in the industry requires that you are able assess and react quickly. Incident response analysts must provide direction for a team of responders. Analysts must use their knowledge of cybersecurity and industry tools.

How do I get there?

You need to spend two to three years gaining knowledge as a cyber security analyst. Cyber security analysts work in a security operations center.

IT certifications are a recognized pathway to tech jobs. CompTIA has focused the Security+ SY0-701 certification to cover the skills for cybersecurity roles. CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) covers incident detection, prevention, and response through continuous security monitoring, and can help you get to the next level.

Incident responder analysts start at $85k in the US and overall cybersecurity analysts roles have an average salary of $112k in the US. Whether you prefer self-study or want live training, I can help you get your start today to build your path to a successful career in cybersecurity. Don’t delay, keep your New Year’s resolutions and get studying.

Talk to you next week,
Mike


Make your Security+ goal apart of “new year, new me” resolutions with $500 Live Training New Years Offer!

What if you could engage in interactive instructor-led training, part-time, and from the comfort of your home to become Security+ certified? Imagine what that would do for your confidence… your career — and at the perfect time ahead of the new year when more jobs are posted and hired than any other time!

The part-time weekly schedule is simple: Mondays – Thursdays from 6 – 9 PM and Saturdays from 9 – 2 PM (U.S. Central Time) starting January 13th and finishing March 7th.

PLUS: Even though you’ll receive tons of materials (references) and have 6+ hours of live practice sessions each week, I’m throwing in the ultimate reference, my video training course FREE!

Total Seminars has resources to help you self-study for your CompTIA Certifications

Total Seminars e-books are now available: Check out all of our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub.

Practice Tests: TotalTester practice tests have hundreds of questions in a pool that allows you to create custom exams by exam domain or by chapter. Take tests in Practice mode with assistance (hints and explanations) or in Final mode to see if you are ready for the real exams. Includes complete explanations for each question.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+ and Network+ have hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.


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Are Certifications Worth Their Cost?

A lot of people ask me: “Mike, should I get CompTIA certifications?”

My answer isn’t just yes, it’s YES and here’s WHY these are steppingstones for you. Becoming a great IT Tech is about learning the fundamentals and adding to your skills one building block of knowledge at a time. Any successful career is about starting with a firm foundation.

Getting your A+ and Network+ certifications makes the Security+ journey easier and more rewarding as you invest in bettering yourself. This breadth of knowledge will open doors of opportunity. Having these foundational certifications gives you a better understanding of a growing body of knowledge and builds your confidence. Knowing the terminology helps you master each next step.

Most recruiters now use automated scanners to scan for credentials. These CompTIA Certifications helps your resume get to the top of their list. Having certifications makes it A LOT easier to get an interview, and tells interviewers that you love tech much that you were willing to put in the time and effort to learn the basics and build your skills. In other words, the certifications provide tangible proof of your commitment; talking the talk in an interview lets potential employers feel confident in your skills

Then they ask: “How do I get prepared for the certifications?”

Everyone learns differently, and you have to be honest with your study skills. Self-study is ideal for basic IT skills both for building certifications on your resume. As you build your skills and advance your career there comes a point where you need hands-on training to learn the material properly.

When do you need to move from self-study to hands-on? As you advance, the skills become harder but from a learning standpoint it depends on how hard you want to work with self-study and your own learning ability, it is different for everyone. You will know when you need the extra help that hands-on provides when you find it hard to fully understand the skills through only self-study.

DON’T FORGET! CompTIA will be increasing their exam prices February 1st. If you are taking CompTIA exam in 2024, purchase an exam voucher now and pay 2023 prices for your certification exam in 2024!

In the IT industry more certifications is key to not only getting in to a career, but also advancing in your career.  It’s a New Year, start working on your certifications now and get where you want to be in your career in 2024.

Don’t miss my offer below to get your Security+ certification with live training!

See ya,
Mike


Make your Security+ goal apart of “new year, new me” resolutions with $500 Live Training New Years Offer!

What if you could engage in interactive instructor-led training, part-time, and from the comfort of your home to become Security+ certified? Imagine what that would do for your confidence… your career — and at the perfect time ahead of the new year when more jobs are posted and hired than any other time!

The part-time weekly schedule is simple: Mondays – Thursdays from 6 – 9 PM and Saturdays from 9 – 2 PM (U.S. Central Time) starting January 13th and finishing March 7th.

PLUS: Even though you’ll receive tons of materials (references) and have 6+ hours of live practice sessions each week, I’m throwing in the ultimate reference, my video training course FREE!

Total Seminars has resources to help you self-study for your CompTIA Certifications

Total Seminars e-books are now available: Check out all of our e-book titles. Available 24/7 for immediate access on the Total Seminars Training Hub.

Practice Tests: TotalTester practice tests have hundreds of questions in a pool that allows you to create custom exams by exam domain or by chapter. Take tests in Practice mode with assistance (hints and explanations) or in Final mode to see if you are ready for the real exams. Includes complete explanations for each question.

Interactive simulations: TotalSims for A+ and Network+ have hundreds of online simulated labs. Prepare for CompTIA’s performance-based questions and learn more about technical concepts covered on the exams.

US and International Discount Exam Vouchers: Purchase a CompTIA voucher and save on the cost of your exams.




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TOTAL: Preparing for the changes in CompTIA Security+

Today I’m talking Security+ because it is time to decide if you will take the SY0-601 or SY0-701. If you are taking the SY0-601, you need to buckle down on your studies; the retirement date is July 31st.

The SY0-701 has the same number of exam domains as SY0-601 but less objectives (28 vs. 35). The idea with the changes is to focus the objectives on the job role in a maturing industry. (Take a look at the comparison at the bottom of the blog.)

Also know that about 20% of the exam will cover new topics.  The topics include the latest trends in threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, automation, zero trust, risk, IoT, OT and cloud environments are emphasized, as well as communication, reporting and teamwork.  In addition, it will include new techniques for cybersecurity professionals working in hybrid environments that are located in the cloud and on premises; cybersecurity professionals should be familiar with both worlds.

You may have read my blog comparing Online Instructor-Led vs Self-Study Training, both can be successful and require your commitment to study. I started Total Seminars as instructor led training.  It took time for me to develop my self-study program because I know how hard it was for me to stay on track with many of the programs I had taken in the past, and it was important for me to create a solid program.

There are pros and cons to each, data says that Instructor-Led is more successful in passing the exam. The downside of course is that instructor-led for Security+ even from CompTIA costs $2500 and up. You know getting a tech job or promotion by becoming Security+ Certified is more valuable than $2500, but it is just not possible for everyone to afford instructor led.

You need three things to maximize your Security+ preparation: (1) Training, (2) Reference, and (3) Practice.

Training: You need a way to systematically be introduced to new concepts and understand how they relate to each other.
Reference: Nobody can hold all this information down this long, so a good book is a great reference of knowledge as you build your knowledge; and
Practice: All humans learn by doing, and for exams, practice (tests/questions) makes perfect

For those of you considering cutting corners on this, never underestimate the value of preparation and resources; they are the keys to turning potential into triumph. How you go about getting those resources is up to you, but for those of you who are serious about passing Security+ BEFORE the SY0-601 retires, here’s some more sage advice!

A wise man once said, best time to start was yesterday; the second-best is today. If you really want to be a “new you” in the new year, get started today and don’t miss my New Years offer below.

Remember the Security+ is changing, buckle down and get your certification before the SY0-601 retires. DON’T FORGET! CompTIA will be increasing their exam prices February 1st.  Purchase an exam voucher now and pay 2023 prices for your certification exam in 2024!

CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) Domains

  1. Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities (24%)
  2. Architecture and Design (21%)
  3. Implementation (25%)
  4. Operations and Incident Response (16%)
  5. Governance, Risk and Compliance (14%)

CompTIA Security+ (SY0-701) Domains

  1. General Security Concepts (12%)
  2. Threats, Vulnerabilities and Mitigations (22%)
  3. Security Architecture (18%)
  4. Security Operations (28%)
  5. Security Program Management and Oversight (20%)

See ya,
Mike
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Make your Security+ goal apart of “new year, new me” resolutions with $500 Live Training New Years Offer!

What if you could engage in interactive instructor-led training, part-time, and from the comfort of your home to become Security+ certified? Imagine what that would do for your confidence… your career — and at the perfect time ahead of the new year when more jobs are posted and hired than any other time!
The part-time weekly schedule is simple: Mondays – Thursdays from 6 – 9 PM and Saturdays from 9 – 2 PM (U.S. Central Time) starting January 13th and finishing March 7th.

PLUS: Even though you’ll receive tons of materials (references) and have 6+ hours of live practice sessions each week, I’m throwing in the ultimate reference, my video training course FREE!

I must thank CyberNow Labs Institute (the world’s biggest cybersecurity career training school) for offering to do this for this price for the first 25 Sign Ups ONLY. For the upcoming January 13th course, you can enroll in CyberNow Labs Institute’s 8-week part-time and instructor-led Security+ training for 80% OFF the CompTIA price of $2500 (just $500.00!!)!!

Complete this Special Application and book a call while there is still space.  If no time is available, just email enrollment@cybernowlabs.com with the subject line “Request Mike Meyers Enrollment Packet”.

Program FAQs
Starts January 13th and ends March 7th.
All training is live & online (15-hrs per week)
All training will be recorded, so you can access anytime
Includes Mike Meyers Video Training Course
Full refunds available before January 13th


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