The journey to become an ethical hacker

As you might have guessed, my name is Aydan and my background in IT is mainly about troubleshooting of mostly software & hardware problems on windows machines for about 10 years and some web development along the way.

I’ve always been very interested in ethical hacking, but always thought of myself being not smart enough to actually understand the underlying principles of it. And to be honest, couldn’t actually imagine myself sitting in front of the computer all day long for the rest of my life, although I’m an ex-gamer.

Now after trying many short career paths in almost every sector you can imagine, I finally decided to go all in or let’s say almost all in after my 9 to 5 job as an IT help desk agent.

I’ve searched for plenty of jobs in the IT sector that didn’t require any certificates or prior experience, but couldn’t find any other than to start as an IT help desk agent.

Along with my job I’m currently studying for my CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), that I’ve booked for the 8th of May.

My current plan to become an Ethical Hacker:

1. Cert: CCNA: to understand the networking principles that lie behind Ethical Hacking of network/web apps (minimum 5 hours a day in working days)
2. Programming: study & practice Python on Sololearn (most used programming language in hacking, as far as my research goes) (minimum 25 minutes a day)
3. Book: Web Hacking 101 by Peter Yaworski

For later:
3. CompTIA Linux+
4. CompTIA Network+
5. CompTIA Security+
6. CompTIA A+
7. OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional)

Some productivity tips:

Learn to say no to protect your mental energy

According to a 2007 study in the Harvard Business Review, the average person enjoys only two hours of peak mental focus every day, along with an additional five hours of relatively high mental focus. At all other times, there’s a good chance your mental focus will be relatively poor.

How to get it replenished each day?

A 2012 study by medical researcher Taeko Sasai suggests that sufficient sleep is what’s needed for this to happen. But even then we need to treat each minute with care.

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