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About the Expert: David Bigger

If you know anything about computer security, you’re probably familiar with CompTIA Security+. Dealing with disaster recovery and risk management, Security+ is an internationally-recognized certification.

Following in the footsteps of Security+ is CASP, or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner, CompTIA’s first mastery-level certification for enterprise technical security leads. Released in 2011, CASP goes above and beyond the scope of Security+, making it a far more challenging certification.


David Bigger

In our most recent courses, expert David Bigger covers the ins and outs of CASP. With over 15 years of professional IT experience, David Bigger is familiar with far more than just CASP. With certifications in EC-Council, CompTIA, Cisco, ISC2, EXIN, and Microsoft, he’s certified to instruct on over 25 different IT topics.

Unlike Security+, CASP assumes proficiency in a breadth of topics. CompTIA puts these topics in domains which include enterprise security; risk management and incident response; research and analysis; integration of computing, communication, and business disciplines; and technical integration of enterprise components.

With so many directions to go in IT security, rather than specialize in one certain area, Bigger tries to know a little bit about everything because he feels it all fits together. His main area of interest, though, is in ethical hacking, a topic covered in the new courses. When dealing with ethical hacking, “you train to learn how the bad guys work,” says Bigger. “It’s not just pointing out a weakness. We actually try to exploit that weakness and see how far down the rabbit hole we can get.”

Bigger’s interest in IT began at a young age, but the journey he’s taken to get where he is today is not one that even he could have predicted. Bigger took his first steps into the IT world at a young age when he began working as a Network Administrator at a nearby elementary school. From there, Bigger landed a Web Specialist position at Owensboro Community Technical College in 2002 where he also became a part-time instructor teaching IT courses at the college.

In 2009, he left his home state of Kentucky when his career brought him to Georgia working for Lockheed Martin, training US Army soldiers in IT. Two years ago, Bigger left Lockheed Martin to become an independent contractor. Bigger has since started his company, Bigger IT Solutions, where he teaches both in the classroom and online.

When he’s not teaching or being coerced by his wife into doing projects around the house, Bigger is usually reading, or when the Augusta humidity is bearable, playing golf.


About the Author

Leah Piotraschke is a member of the LearnNowOnline marketing team. She specializes in talent development and is passionate about learning. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Leah has a degree in Communication and Professional Writing. For fun, Leah enjoys going thrift shopping, trying to have a green thumb, and posting pictures of her toy poodle on Instagram.


Hey, So What’s New With You?

It’s easy these days to get too busy with life in general, or waiting in line for the new Star Wars movie, and forget to connect with old friends and colleagues. In that spirit, and because I don’t have a tent that could hold up to 16 days of queuing in Minnesota, I wanted to tell you what’s been happening with us!

We’ve been busy writing new content, filming and releasing new courses, and preparing for our 6-month-long ice fishing season (dontcha know).

Fishing ShackFun fact; we actually have entire cities that pop up on the ice each year, and they are so established that stores follow suit and mail is delivered on a daily basis. Have you seen Grumpy Old Men? That’s it. There’s even a Grumpy Old Men festival each year, with ice fishing and ice shack contests. Why? We tend not to ask that question when trying to stay warm & entertained during the arctic freeze. Hey look, Paul Bunyan!

Speaking of freezing (prepare to have your mind blown by this segue), personal security on your computer has always been a top priority for users. No one wants to deal with a slow computer, infected with various viruses and malware, so we do everything we can to protect ourselves from that unfortunate situation; though, attackers have larger and more valuable game in mind these days. As more and more embarrassing headlines continue to pop up, everyone from small business owners to fortune 500 companies are looking for the perfect way to protect their user’s confidential information.

Allow me to introduce our brand new “Security” library! Queue the music!

LearnNowOnline has just released a Security library, full of the training you’ll need to effectively protect your company and applications from the tech world’s evildoers. Among other things, this library includes 3 robust OWASP training courses:

OWASP: Forgery and Phishing

OWASP: Threats and Session Security

OWASP: Misconfiguration and Data Encryption

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a global nonprofit organization devoted to improving security for web applications. The Top 10 Project, first created by OWASP in 2003,
is among its most popular and widely known tools. The Top 10 Project is a lineup of the 10 leading web application security risks affecting users and companies worldwide; illustrating each vulnerability, as well as recommending examples and approaches to avert them. LearnNowOnline’s OWASP courses will turn you into a Jedi master of security (too many Star Wars references?), covering the full Top 10 Project list.

Hot off the press, and also part of our new Security library, are 4 fantastic courses on Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH):

CEH: Intro to Ethical Hacking

CEH: Operating Systems and Hacking

CEH: Threats and System Hacking

CEH: Malware and Social Engineering

Looking for more?  Stay tuned as many more security courses are in the works and coming soon!

Well, that there’s about all the time I have for today. Time to sharpen up my crampons and ready the sled. See you on the lake? You betcha!

About the Author

zach2-300x225Zach Young
 manages the LearnNowOnline customer support department. In addition to making strange but surprisingly delicious smoothies, Zach divides his time between the LearnNowOnline recording studio, providing sales demos for new and existing clients, and ensuring that each customer is taken care of. In his spare time, Zach enjoys globetrotting with his wife, playing and recording music, and attempting to get the required 1.21 gigawatts for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.