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A Day in the Life of a Cybersecurity Analyst – SIEM QRadar Tool

August 17, 2022 in Uncategorized by

I sat down with my pal Richard Chapman, Program Director for CyberNow Labs, with this question, what is SIEM and what does it do?

First, you’d have to know what SIEM stands for before you could even begin to understand what it’s used for. (Security Information & Event Management, so you don’t have to look it up.) 

 Find out why SIEM tools are much more than just automating the number of logs analysts have to filter through. 

Watch this 2 Bald Guys SIEM QRadar Tool Episode


Want to learn more about an UNbootcamp program that not only gives you real work experience but also helps you secure your job?  Join Mike and Richard for an upcoming live info session. 

Watch This Two Bald Guys SIEM QRadar Tool Episode to learn more

Upcoming opportunities to learn more in a free, LIVE Info Session – with the 2 Bald Guys, me (Mike) and Richard:

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Top 10 Reasons Why Security+ Certification Is A Must-Have Credential

June 16, 2022 in Uncategorized by

It’s no secret that there’s a big gap, no matter what data source you look at, between the number of cybersecurity job openings and the number of qualified professionals. (CyberCrime Magazine has the cyber skills gap at 3.5 million by 2025!) Couple that with the ever-present and growing threat in our economy with the estimated loss from malicious attacks in the BILLIONS, and you’ve got a recipe for urgency to solve the gap and defend our nation. Get more intel in this Gap Report

Join Mike Meyers and the Team from CyberNow Labs for a complimentary Cybersecurity Career Info-Session this Saturday, June 18, 1 pm ET and learn about the ‘UN’Bootcamp. Hear from alumni, expert instructors, mentors, and job placement career services, about opportunities in Cybersecurity.  

Click here to register, or copy the links below to your browser to reserve your spot: 

Can’t make this date/time? Register anyway to receive the post-event recording and bonus materials. 

#10. Why do businesses (private sector) and government agencies (public sector) want you to have CompTIA Security+ certification?

  • Security+ is the preferred qualifying credential for early-career cyber professionals.
  • Many job postings require certification as a must-have for consideration because it’s a qualifier for having a foundational understanding.
  • In many organizations, certifications are also required to remain billable on key programs/projects.
  • NOTE: not all jobs require security clearances, that should not be a deterrent from applying.

#9.  What jobs would I look for with the Security+ credential?

  • Cybersecurity Analyst is the foundational role in cybersecurity, and it’s where the biggest gap lies.
  • Annual salaries for a Cybersecurity Analyst range from $85,000 – $100,000+ USD.
  • NOTE: Cybersecurity Analyst job title also goes by SOC Analyst, Incident Responder, Information Security Analyst, and many more…yes, this job role could benefit from standardization!
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Big 2-Yr Anniversary of Mike Meyers Live from Houston: Wednesday 3/30 Q & A !

Can’t believe its been 2 years. Join Mike this Wednesday 3/30 at 2 PM Central Standard Time. Total Seminars live Q & A YouTube session with bestselling CompTIA author Mike Meyers. We’re celebrating with some Great Prizes. It’s entirely free and you’ll finally get the answers to your burning IT questions!

You can literally Ask Mike Anything!

Mike Meyers Live Q & A

This Wednesday, March 30, marks the second anniversary of the Mike Meyers live AMA shows and he’s celebrating like crazy! Every Monday and Wednesday, Mike hosts an hour of answering live questions on just about any technical topic focusing on helping people prepare for CompTIA exams. During his show, he holds contests to win free access to TotalTester Online (TTO) practice tests and to win a CompTIA exam voucher.

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Certification Prep Survey

March 20, 2022 in Uncategorized by

Please help us learn about your certification prep study habits. The better we know what works for our students the better resources we can offer. 

Please click the link to take the survey: 

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CompTIA Network+ Update to New N10-008 Exam

January 18, 2022 in Uncategorized by

New Network+ N10-008 Exam

Exam Details

Exam Codes






Launch Date


September 15, 2021


March 2018


Exam Description CompTIA Network+ validates the technical skills needed to securely establish, maintain and troubleshoot the essential networks that businesses rely on. CompTIA Network+ N10-007 has been updated and reorganized to address the current networking technologies with expanded coverage of several domains by adding:

  • Critical security concepts to helping networking professionals work with security practitioners
  • Key cloud computing best practices and typical service models
  • Coverage of newer hardware and virtualization techniques
  • Concepts to give individuals the combination of skills to keep the network resilient
Number of Questions


Maximum of 90 questions


Type of Questions


Multiple choice and performance-based 


Multiple Choice Questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based


Length of Test


 90 Minutes


Passing Score


720 (on a scale of 100-900)


Recommended Experience


CompTIA A+ Certification and at least 9 to 12 months of networking experience




English, with Japanese scheduled and others TBD


English, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese




Generally three years after launch


June 2022


Testing Provider


 Pearson VUE

  • Testing Centers
  • Online Testing




 Full Price $348


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More Certifications = More $$

January 6, 2022 in Uncategorized by

IT Certifications have value both in the knowledge you learn and the credential you can show employers. Studying for a certification alone adds a whole new skill set to your tool box. Learning these new skills keeps you sharp and drives interest in “what’s next”. This attitude is necessary in a field that requires lifelong learning. The IT field is rapidly changing and you must keep up by continuing to study and learn. Certifications are the way you show others that you are leaning.

Turning that learning into Certifications is how you show employers that you are constantly growing and gives a method to verify your current level of knowledge. The proof is in the paycheck and the opportunities those additional skills provide.

The data from the Certification Magazine Salary Survey for 2015 shows the value of IT Certification. More importantly it shows the value of continuing to learn and add additional certifications to your resume.

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Total Seminars E-books now Available

January 5, 2022 in Certifications by

Total Seminars E-books now available in one secure online space—the Total Seminars Training Hub

Total Seminars is excited to announce the availability of CompTIA and AWS E-books via the Total Seminars Training Hub. This online E-book experience is the result of a cooperative agreement between Total Seminars and McGraw Hill. E-books may be purchased on the Total Seminars website. Content is immediately available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Users can now reinforce learning as they read the E-books side-by-side with other electronic study materials on the Total Seminars training hub.

Dudley Lehmer, Total Seminars’ CEO, explains that the “E-book addition is part of our overall plan to expand the ways our products meet our customer needs.  In a world of digital delivery the ability to safely and conveniently access E-book content is important to publishers and users.  By offering online E-books on our Total Seminars training hub, we ensure that content is secure and easily accessible for on-demand use.”

With plans to continually add IT titles to the Total Seminars catalog of E-books, current offerings include:

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CompTIA Exams Available Online with OnVUE

January 4, 2022 in Certifications by

CompTIA offers their exams delivered online 24/7. Beginning April 15, 2020 CompTIA began delivering their exams using VUE’s online testing platform, called OnVUE.

All existing vouchers are good either at a VUE testing center or online through OnVUE. The OnVUE platform uses live proctors and AI to monitor your test. There are only three simple requirements:

  1. Quiet, private location
  2. Reliable device with a webcam
  3. Strong reliable internet connection.
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IT Career Path <-> Certification Path Map

January 4, 2022 in Certifications by

An IT Career is all about validating your skills, staying current and always learning more. No matter what IT Career you choose you need to continue to add certifications to your resume. Check out my blog: More Certifications = More $$.

The biggest question is where to begin? Start by deciding What IT Career is right for you. The next question is What Certifications Do I Need to succeed in the Career Path I have chosen? Below is a detailed Certification MAP that lays out a series of certifications you should consider as you build your skills towards each specific IT Career Path.

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CompTIA Is Raising Exam Prices – Buy Vouchers before we raise our prices

January 3, 2022 in Certifications by

Effective January 1, 2022 CompTIA is raising prices on all their exams. Total Seminars sells US and International Discount Vouchers and we are holding our 2021 discount voucher prices as long as supplies last. Here’s a summary of the retail pricing:

Exam                     Old Retail Price       New Retail Price       TS Discount Vouchers (while they last)

A+ (each)                             $232                          $239                          $209.99

Network+                            $338                           $348                          $304.99

Security+                             $370                           $381                          $334.99

CySA+                                  $370                           $381                          $334.99

PenTest+                             $370                           $381                          $334.99

ITF+                                    $126                            $130                         $114.99

Cloud+                                 $338                           $348                         $304.99

Linux+                                 $338                           $348                         $304.99

Here’s how it works: CompTIA member companies like Total Seminars are able to purchase vouchers for the CompTIA exams and resell them to students at a discount

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