EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist
5
Sep

Brandon J. Carson, Cybersecurity analyst at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Talks about the ECES Program

Read what Brandon J. Carson had to say on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-take-ec-council-certified-encryption-specialist-carson-ceh-eces/

My Take on EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist (E|CES)

For me, a career in cybersecurity was the one that I have been interested in since I started college. I obtained a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College and subsequently obtained an MS in Information Security Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Having both of these degrees, along with some cybersecurity-related intern experiences, jump-started my professional career in cybersecurity. The two largest contributors that have helped me get to this designation are:

1) Never being afraid to ask a question, and

2) Always wanting to learn more.

To serve both the purposes, I opted for EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist (E|CES). This program seemed to be in a class of its own, as the only training and credentialing program solely focused on encryption. Other certifications do touch on encryption, but not nearly at the level of detail provided by the E|CES. I was interested in obtaining a more detailed understanding of encryption, and to me, this was the obvious choice. My experience with the EC-Council training material was AMAZING! My instructor, Dr. Chuck Eastomm is one of the best instructors I have ever had. E|CES is my second certification from EC-Council, and if they continue to provide instructors of this caliber, I will certainly be back! In my current role, having a better understanding of the differences in the various cryptographic algorithms and cipher suites helps a lot. Knowing various tools that I learned from E|CES, has allowed me to add value in areas that weren’t possible earlier.

My advice for people interested in cybersecurity is not to compare yourself with anyone. In my opinion, the cybersecurity industry is full of brilliant people, and if you compare yourself to someone else, you may fall for self-doubt. Instead, my advice is to set specific goals and challenge yourself to become a better you.

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