There are so many things I want to know…
I regularly scan for stories and use cases that will inspire good work and sharpen what I can offer. As a result, I read about a lot of tools and theories that I am not familiar with. Knowledge requires information and growth requires experience. I’ve always been a fan of the idea of writing down any term or acronym you see or hear in use and if you don’t have a chance to ask about it immediately – Google it later.
Today is always a good day to start.
Personally I keep a running list of things I want to lean more about. That way when I see an opportunity to pick up an ebook, watch some recorded convention talks on YouTube or take advantage of a training deal, I know where to start. Because the list is sometimes overwhelming, I use a priority system that keeps me focused. Chris Sanders offered a fantastic discount on his Applied Network Defense courses at the end of 2017 and I could not pass up the opportunity to learn from him. I saw Chris speak at BSides Cincy this summer about Curiosity as a necessary analyst skill. He is intelligent and inspiring. Plus he knows what the heck he’s doing and I love his philanthropy goals for the Rural Tech Fund.
All this is shaping my early 2018 personal learning plan around these 3 Applied Network Defense Courses:
Keep building yourself.
I know I have a lot to learn. I keep pushing myself to ask questions, admit when I need to do more research, and listen to the inputs of my friends and colleagues. Listen to the experts and those willing to teach, like Chris Sanders. It will stoke your curiosity and possibly even inspire you.