Ex-NSA hacker tells us how to get into hacking!

This is the roadmap & path to becoming a hacker. Follow the advice and change your life! Become an Ethical hacker today.
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Top tips to get into cybersecurity
Neal's top 3 tips to break into the industry
Do you need to be an elite hacker to work at the NSA?
Ex-NSA experience


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If you want to learn how to become an Ethical Hacker, then this is the course for you. Want to learn how you can get experience without a full-time job? In this course, you will learn how to.

My goal is to help as many of you change your lives as I can. One of the ways to do that is to interview well know and experience people in different industries.

I'm interviewing Neal Bridges for this course (former NSA hacker). Neal shares tip from his many years of experience and explains how you can get into cybersecurity and become an Ethical Hacker without leaving your job.

Topics covered in this course include:

- Do you need a degree to get into cybersecurity?

- What's the first cert you should get

- Neal's top 3 tips on how to break into cybersecurity

- How to get experience without a job

- Where to get free or low-cost training

- What are red vs blue teams

- Cybersecurity jobs ratio: Blue vs red team

- What you need to do in 2021?

- How do document your journey

- How to break in part time

- How to use LinkedIn

- Gary Vee advice

- Top social networks to join

- Is social media is bad?

- Can I get a job at the NSA?

- How to deal with Impostor Syndrome

Neal's bio:

Neal Bridges is a cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of experience in information technology and security. Over his career, Neal has exceeded in the strategical, operational, and tactical arenas of cybersecurity.

His work building security teams at multiple Fortune 100 companies has highlighted his versatility in, not only providing offensive capabilities, but being able to transform that knowledge into an effective detection, response, and threat hunting strategy for a Fortune 135 (2017) and Fortune 117 (2021) company.

He has developed, implemented, and executed a global Incident Response capability, successfully developed a robust M&A strategy for pre-and-post day one cyber threat hunting and assessment capabilities to identify any potential risk and quickly develop mitigation and/or remediation strategies.

His 10 years serving in the United States Air Force culminated in being hand selected to build and establish the USAF’s first cyber function training unit where he developed specialized training for thousands of USCYBERCOM students on the latest, advanced offensive cyber techniques.

Neal has extensive experience in the commercial world as he has spent time with one of the “Big 4”, managing cybersecurity and privacy engagements for PwC, and advancing the offensive cyber, red teaming, and penetration testing market in the greater Chicago area. Neal has done multiple tiered cybersecurity strategy and execution projects in the financial, energy (SCADA/ICS controls), health care, governmental, and R&D arenas. Neal has worked closely with the FBI to provide subject matter expertise in advanced attack tactics.

Neal consults with organizations regularly applying his experience in diverse, large-scale enterprise environments. Experienced in making strategic level decisions to achieve tactical level objectives in arenas ranging from Department of Defense to the commercial sector, and is an industry leader in bringing adversary tactics to the operation execution of penetration testers through North America.

I really enjoyed interviewing Neal and creating these videos.

I hope you enjoy the course!


Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning about cybersecurity
  • Anyone interested in hacking
  • Anyone interested in improving their cybersecurity career


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Chuck has been developing software for networking equipment since 1981 and has designed and developed software products for large scale networking environments using languages such as C, C++, and Java. 

Chuck has been granted 15 patents in the areas of network topology discovery, management, monitoring, health, and access control.

Chuck graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with Bachelor and Master of Computer Science degrees.

Chuck has developed Python for Network Engineers courses for vendors such as Cisco and Juniper Networks. In addition, he has developed numerous SDN application development courses for vendors such as Cisco, HPE and Brocade.

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Hank’s two passions are technology and theatre. Bringing them together drives him towards a borderline obsession on creating entertaining presentations, labs and demonstrations that breakdown complex technology topics for audiences. After spending several years working on and behind the scenes on stage productions, what started as a hobby turned to a profession when Hank entered the IT industry with a focus on web and database development and engineering. 

Drifting from development into infrastructure engineering brought him to Cisco as a Systems Engineer, focusing on Data Center and Cloud Architecture for large enterprise customers. 

And after six years as an SE, Hank took up the mantle of a Developer Evangelist with DevNet where he can focuses full time on reminding everyone that technology can and should be fun to work with. 

Hank holds a Master Degree in Information Systems as well as several certifications including CCIE R/S 38336 from Cisco. 


David Bombal


David Bombal (CCIE #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt.

David qualified as a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to CCIE.

He has also personally developed Cisco engineer utilities such as the VPN Config Generator, software, training materials, EBooks, videos and other products which are used throughout the world.

David has designed, implemented and managed networks ranging from single sites to those that span 50 countries.

CCIE #11023, over 15 years of network training experience
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David Bombal (CCIE  #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt. 

David qualified as a  Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco  courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various  countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to  CCIE. 

David is very active on social media and has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers and has posted over 1,000 free videos.

Ex-NSA Hacker, Cyber Security Expert, Author & Influencer
Neal Bridges
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Ex-NSA Hacker and USAF Cyber Veteran

Neal is a 20+ year veteran to the cyber security & hacking space.  Neal has solidified himself as an influencer in the industry with multiple television appearances on shows like Bloomberg's BusinessWeek to discuss cyber warfare and global hacks.

Neal runs the highly successful Twitch channel Cyber_Insecurity (and associated YouTube channel) where he frequently has industry experts discuss all aspects of hacking, blue team operations, executive level topics, and career advice & mentoring.

Neal's primary drive is sharing his bedrock of cyber knowledge with professionals across the industry and trying to make them successful cyber warriors.

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