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  • @suz
  • Cybersecurity Student | AWS Academy Graduate: Cloud Architecting
  • San Diego, California


Aug 10, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Took a class on Emergency Preparedness
Disaster Planning
Recovering from failure
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Today I attended a virtual Emergency Preparedness class hosted by REI. For as long as I can remember I've been interested in planning for worst case scenarios and my senior quote in high school was: "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best".

Earlier this year I learned about the 5 Pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework: Operational Excellence, Performance, Security, Cost Optimization and Reliability. At one point in my AWS class I had to choose one of the five pillars to research and I was drawn to the Reliability Pillar as it included Disaster Recovery (DR).

Perhaps it is because I have had to overcome two layoffs within my career, or having to deal with the sudden, unexpected, and at times tragic death of numerous loved ones at a young age, the idea of being able to recover quickly from failures and how to handle change appeals to me. For some reason I never considered that businesses would also have to prepare for worst case scenarios. In retrospect, I know it sounds foolish and naïve.

Anyhoo, bringing it back to the Emergency Preparedness Class I took today. The biggest takeaway that I enjoyed was learning that the key to survival essentially comes down to having a Positive Mental Attitude or PMA. I've included the notes that I took for reference. While they seem like common sense, in times of stress this advice is easy to forget and lose sight of. I can easily see these steps applied in everything from CTF competitions, business meetings or even just life in general.

Hope this might help someone else out there!
Aug 09, 2021
Aug 09, 2021
Participated in a CTF
Learning about cybersecurity
Used Wireshark
Used Linux
Women in cybersecurity
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After a weekend of flag hunting, I finished participating in the SANS BootUp Capture The Flag (CTF) for the first stage of the 2021 WiCyS Security Training Scholarship. Although I hesitated in applying for this award a second year, I realized that I have nothing to lose. This year Bloomberg and Facebook joined Google, SANS and WiCyS in sponsoring the scholarship.

For the first time ever in a CTF, I solved 85% of the challenges and scored 3150/3761. While I might not have made it to the top of the leaderboard, I can say that I gave it my best. Maybe one day I'll make it to the top 10. Until then, I will be dreaming of Wireshark, command line injection and creating magic recipes to decrypt hexdump files zzzzzzzzzzz
Jul 15, 2021
Jul 15, 2021
Setting goals
Chasing dreams
Learning AWS
Started studying for a certification
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Hello! I am both excited, curious and nervous to test out Polywork for the first time. While I was hesitant to setup a profile, I am relieved to see that this site does not seem to be driven by followers and likes. Recently I went through social media burn out and had to take a break from Instagram and Twitter. And to be honest, the last time I ever blogged was on Livejournal.

Throughout my career as a Senior Designer I was constantly focused on researching, planning, designing, and client relations while forgetting to build up my LinkedIn and document my wins (and losses). Lately I have been meaning to share my journey as a career changer but was not sure where to begin. One day an invite to Polywork popped up and I figured why not give it a shot.

I am currently chasing new dreams and have been studying Computer Networking, Infosec, and Cloud Computing. Yesterday my professor shared information on the "Get AWS Certified: Solutions Architect Challenge" so I took a leap of faith and signed up yesterday. I'm looking forward to my first AWS Power Hour on Twitch to help prepare for my first cloud certification exam.

If anyone has taken the time to read this, thanks for your patience in reading my ramblings ;) There is a good chance I will figure out how to better use Polywork and might just have to go back and edit this post at a later time.
May 21, 2021
May 21, 2021
Learning Infrastructure as Code
Practicing automation
Learning DevOps
Learning AWS
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Of all the weekly Challenge Labs I completed in my AWS Academy Cloud Architecting class, I was most thrilled to score 100/100 on Automating Infrastructure Development!

It took me a total of 8 frustrating attempts to successfully deploy a network and application layer using a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. Somehow I have been introduced to and am still wrapping my head around: Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevOps, Automation in the AWS environment. 

So much to learn, so little time!


Oct 09, 2020
Oct 09, 2020
Studying for cybersecurity
Today I discovered that as a top performer in CyberStart I have been selected to move forward with the SANS CyberTalent Enhanced Assessment. This test is supposed to measure my technical aptitude for cybersecurity learning and fundamental skills. The interesting part is that I will never see the test results. 

As someone with a Bachelors Degree in Art and no background in Computer Networking or Information Security, this will be interesting. I've got 10 days to study and figure out what GIAC Certifications are. Let's goooooooo!
Aug 15, 2020
Aug 15, 2020
Received a Scholarship
Women in cybersecurity
Somehow by some miracle, out of 938 applicants I have been selected as a recipient of the 2020 WiCyS Security Training Scholarship made possible by Google

I am thrilled at this opportunity to advance my cybersecurity career and will do my best to learn and understand all that I can in topics from Linux to web attacks and forensics to programming.

The future is bright!
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