I have more experience than I have credentials. I'm working on better validating my skills for 3rd-party assessment, but as I intend to work for myself as long as possible, certifications and degrees are not a priority for me.
A modest start
While much of my career has been learning by trial and error, I've taken some steps to validate my knowledge:
- Attended The Ohio State University (2002-2006)
- Google IT Support Certificate
- CompTIA Cloud+ ce Certification (expired)
I've been slowly migrating towards cyber-security over the last 2 years - it started with working on a Security Awareness Training (SAT) application specific to call centers. See my notable failures re: TASNinja.com.
Cyber-security is all encompassing across IT disciplines and teaches me real-life practical ways to improve my IT engineering and development work.
It's also a lot of fun.