security certification progression chart 2020

security certification progression chart 2020

CISM is associated with the highest average salary ($127,063) while CISSP certified professionals report the second highest average salary ($117,030).

CISM and CISSP certifications is that the former is focused more on management and strategy, and only covers technical topics in a cursory way, while the latter addresses the tactical aspects of security operations and delves much deeper into those areas.

The CISM covers topics such as:

  • Regulatory issues
  • Information security governance
  • Cost-benefit analysis of risk mitigation
  • Risk management
  • Disaster recovery

How to Become CISM Certified 

The eight competencies covered by CISSP are:

Appendix G - Characteristics of a World-Class SOC

How do we know whether the SOC is doing well? Every organization is different, and there is no universal set of measures for SOC effectiveness. In this section, we describe the qualities of a SOC that has reached an ideal state of maturity, given the needs and constraints of its constituency. We draw on material presented throughout the book in articulating a target state for modern SOCs. While these qualities describe SOCs of any size or organizational model, we once again aim for common SOCs that:

  • Serve a constituency of some 5,000 to 5,000,000 users or IPs
  • Are members of their constituency
  • Have at least shared reactive authority
  • Has direct visibility into a large portion of the constituency
  • Follow an organizational model that includes both centralized and distributed elements.

SOCs that fall outside this description (e.g., national-level and coordinating SOCs) will certainly be able to leverage elements of this section but may find that certain qualities won’t apply. For instance, a mature SOC serving a small constituency may not be able to support advanced engagements with the adversary. Or, a mature SOC serving a very large constituency may not directly monitor constituency systems.

Appendix C - How Do We Get Started?

If we have established the need for a SOC, the next logical question is, “How do we stand up a new SOC?” When we stand up a new capability, various priorities compete for our time and energy. The purpose of this section is to sort these priorities into different phases of SOC creation and growth, introducing many of the topics covered throughout the ten strategies. For more information on standing up a SOC, see [288] and Chapter 2 of [15]. Before we discuss the roadmap to standing up a SOC, here are some tips for success. Every SOC is different, so the timelines and order of priorities will differ; the following serves as a starting point and presents an ideal timeline for SOC stand-up:

Monitoring Linux and Windows hosts with Glances

Sysadmins have many tools to view and manage running processes: topatop, and htop. All of these tools monitor CPU and memory usage, and most of them list information about running processes Glances, also monitors filesystem I/O, network I/O, and sensor readouts that can display CPU and other hardware temperatures as well as fan speeds and disk usage by hardware device and logical volume.

To start Glances on a Linux host, open a terminal session and enter the command glances. Glances has three main sections—Summary, Process, and Alerts—as well as a sidebar. I'll explore them and other details for using Glances now.

Summary section

The Summary section above provides an overview of the system's status. The first line shows the hostname, the Linux distribution, the kernel version, and the system uptime.

The next four lines display CPU, memory usage, swap, and load statistics. The left column displays the percentages of CPU, memory, and swap space that are in use. It also shows the combined statistics for all CPUs present in the system.


The Memory portion of the Summary section contains statistics about memory usage.

How to convert media files - Rip DVDs

To convert DVD movies to play on Plex, Android or Iphone devices use the following:


I now use MakeMKV to extract files from DVDs or Blu-Ray, then I use the current version of Handbrake to compress to .mp4 files.

Download and install DVDDecrypter (see link below).

Use the IFO mode and select none for the file split

Split none

Pick your source and destination, check the stream processing to make sure the right language is selected.  Start the rip with the green button.

source dest

Download and install Handbrake

Select the source, destination, preset format, and save.  I like to Iphone & IPod preset for both my Galaxy tab and Iphone viewing.  The image is streatched to full screen automatically and the movies are about 500 MB each.handbrake