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Can L|PT (Master) Really Transform Your Career?



L|PT (Master)

Since 1971, when the US Air Force outsourced James P. Anderson’s private firm to study the security of their time-shared systems at the Pentagon, right up till now, the same practice has evolved to be termed as penetration (or pen) testing. Modern-day pen testing has expanded itself from the limited coverage of system or device-based pen testing to the specialization involving an application, operating system, network, and host side pen testing. The industrial idea of pen testing involves many hands-on experiences on advanced tools and techniques with mastering all its concepts.

Lucrative Career Opportunity Awaits You – Waiting for You to Acquire Right Knowledge and Skills

As already indicated, it is meaningful to have a person with hands-on experience on board than someone with mere book-knowledge. In penetration testing, it isn’t just theory or utilizing tools; you really need to become an expert of all the concepts and make adjustments during your engagement in handling the real-world scenarios. That’s what makes the career rewarding, challenging, and in deserving times, helps you earn a higher salary. With that, this specific role allows you to be creative with precise technical control; it’s almost an art.

To attain these skills, your easy way out can be “certifications.” Certifications are believed to be an attestation to one’s current skillset within the concerned domain. They serve as a reputable tool to augment your learning experience; however, it should not be the only source of your learning. Beginners looking for junior level vacancies in pen testing specialization need to have solid fundamentals. Cybersecurity aspirants should understand that cybersecurity, as a whole, is a general umbrella comprised of multiple specialties, including penetration testing. That will be the first step of your learning.

There are penetration testers who have successfully transformed themselves from a novice to an expert. It generally starts with mastering IT fundamentals, which includes systems engineering, networking, and desktop experience before entering the cybersecurity generalist role. Even when deciding to specialize as a junior tester, a critical path towards gaining the skills needed is independent learning. Certification bodies help guide that path; but ultimately, the professional needs to seek additional resources, reading, and practice within certification objectives.

EC-Council – The Game Changer!

Many professionals who victoriously establish themselves as experts, usually rely on a couple of dozens of credible certifications. One such game changer is EC-Council. All its training programs are designed with cybersecurity in mind. The training content of EC-Council programs gets regularly updated so that the attendees stay ahead of new threats. Moreover, almost all
attendees of EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) have accepted that the program encourages them to master the concepts of not only how to use thousands of hacking tools but also to grasp various complex methodologies and tactics of ethical hacking. The C|EH program pays fair attention to the objectives of threats and fundamental principles of common attack surface types. For a newcomer with aspirations to land in cybersecurity, this certification can lead you to new heights.

But for a specialized career, particularly in penetration testing, it demands your strategic and tactical skills. By now, you must be knowing, a primary objective of a pen tester is to identify vulnerabilities and to eliminate those discovered loopholes to strengthen the security of a firm. The EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) takes your C|EH learning to the next level. ECSA efficiently combines the methods of attacks and tools from the C|EH as an extension into hands-on tactical utilization of the tools and techniques described. There is a splash of defense and a point of view from a defender perspective on how these attacks can be detected or countered. Both certs lead to the Licensed Penetration Tester (Master), which is the gold-standard in penetration testing credentials!

Why an L|PT (Master) Certified Member Would be Hired Over A Non-Certified Professional?

If you are someone who followed the above two training programs, you should be ready to face the real challenge – Licensed Penetration Tester (L|PT) Master. You’ll notice, once the training wheels come off, that you have limited information along with administrative tasks as if you were a pen tester engaging a customer. You are expected to utilize all that you have learned from previous course tracks and apply it in a limited time frame following through with proper reporting. Everything in the L|PT is ‘capture the flag’ style. It claims all your developed skills and obtained knowledge. It demands all your efforts, but eventually, it paid off well. It is the endeavors of the individual, which makes L|PT (Master) a high-valued credential.

EC-Council programs introduce their attendees to numerous tools that can be directly put to use once he/she gets employed. Learning how to use various alternative tools will help the cred. The programs will work in a controlled environment. These programs help you to learn red team tactics to lure the insider threat into entering a honeynet and token trap and be able to utilize payloads mentioned in all three training mentioned above programs. For blue team DFIR and extracting enough evidence for the internal investigations team. That’s how you’ll be able to use your red team skills to add value to blue team defenders tremendously.

Go ahead and mold your future with right career path!

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What Makes Startup Studios Successful? By Startup Studio Insider



What Makes Startup Studios Successful? By Startup Studio Insider

So you’ve heard the buzzword “startup studio,” but what exactly does it mean to be a startup studio? Here are the answers you need about why startup studios are becoming a popular model for entrepreneurial success and how this trend is changing corporate innovation.

What is a Startup Studio? 

Startup Studio Insider defines a startup studio as an organization that provides investment, resources, and guidance to startups in order to build and launch successful startups in various industries. Some people call it a venture studio, others call it a startup factory or startup studio. No matter what you call it, this startup model is quickly gaining traction in helping launch startups everywhere. 

Startup studios allow founders to focus all their time and energy on developing every aspect behind their business idea, while studios are dedicated to minimizing any challenges that come along the way. By offering a wide range of resources, industry knowledge, and the funding required to build, launch, and support a startup (even after post-launch), startup studios are becoming a game-changing solution for rising startups.

From Atomic to Wilbur Labs and eFounders, numerous startups are being built around the world and gaining major traction along the way. Deciding the best path to found and build a company can be a daunting task. To help you understand the unique offerings of startup studios, here are some of the most important benefits startup studios offer:

What Makes Startup Studios Successful? By Startup Studio Insider

How Startup Studios Protect Startups – Graphic by Startup Studio Insider

  • Strategic Counsel

Startup entrepreneurs oftentimes lack the necessary experience to anticipate the roadblocks that come along with building a business. In addition, the expertise level of a founder doesn’t always cover all grounds including marketing knowledge, product development, testing, and research. That is not a problem for startup studios, as they provide a wide spectrum of tools and resources to build a perfect strategic plan. In addition, studios have access to a wealth of knowledge in technology tools and trends, business operations, human resources, and more, which become part of their core team to help startups succeed. 

  • Core and Shared Resources

Out of all the investment platforms, studios take the most hands-on approach and provide the most resources. With this, startup studios are able to provide access to the largest amount of top-notch resources to help enhance the vision and goals of the startup and cut down the launch time that could usually take a couple of years to about three months. 

  • Human Capital 

Usually, the vast majority of startup companies are made up of small teams. This is why getting the perfect fit to support the launch and operations needs of your business is crucial. Startup studios help tackle this problem by recruiting the right team with diverse backgrounds and broad skills to handle the immense workload that comes with the challenge of launching a startup. 

  • Funding 

Building a startup from the ground off can be exhausting and cash-consuming. What frequently goes wrong is that startup management fails to achieve the next milestone before cash is exhausted. Startup studios are able to solve this problem by refining the needs and expenses required to prepare for the launch and avoid the risk of becoming insolvent by providing funds even after post-launch. This is one of the major differentiating factors of startup studios compared to their competitor founding models out there. 

  • In-Depth Market Research

According to Startup Studio Insider, startup studios are highly selective, and as a result, will not launch a startup without substantial research and data to prove that there is a market and potential for success. This in-depth market research ultimately leads to better decisions when preparing for the launch and can help mitigate any risks in the long run.  

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An Interview with Nathaniel Mell, Founder and CEO of Felt+Fat



Nathaniel Mell

Nathaniel Mell is the founder and CEO of Felt+Fat, a ceramic design, and manufacturing studio serving both professional and at-home chefs. Nate Mell started the Philadelphia-based company in 2014 after graduating from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and working at the world-renown Philadelphia Clay Studio.

Before his foray into ceramic design, Nate gained experience that included working in a variety of media, including glass, metal, wood, and mold-making. The opportunity to design a beautiful line of plates for Eli Kulp’s award-winning restaurant ‘High Street on Market’ oriented Mell towards exploring ceramic design in-depth. In doing so, he came up with the concept for a ceramic design studio catering to the Hospitality industry. The company name, Felt+Fat, came as a nod to the material explorations and theories of midcentury artist Joseph Beuys, one of Mell’s favorite artists.

Today, Nate Mell’s Felt and Fat has a track record of working with over 100 restaurants worldwide, producing more than 30,000 pieces annually, and being featured in the NY Times, the Forbes 30 under 30 list, and many other publications. Timeless design, ethical manufacturing, and intentionality toward relationships are the core values of the ever-growing team at Felt+Fat.

We recently got a chance to interview Nate.

Nate, Thank you for talking with us. What are the projects that you most enjoy working on?

I most enjoy working on custom projects, specifically for restaurants. Great chefs are artists and our mutual respect for craft and the collaborative energy involved in making a new shape or finish is really exciting. When my part is done I then get to see how they interact with the design, plating their food and presenting it in the context of the restaurant elevates it all to another level.

What was your biggest ‘a-ha’ moment?

This was early on. When I started this business I had been working in restaurants for nearly 8 years, supporting myself as an artist, and a chef asked if I could make him plates for a new restaurant. I said yes and initially took it on as a little gig to make a few dollars. Somewhere during the course of that project, I realized that the top restaurant in the world at the time (Noma) was using custom, hand-made tableware and that meant every aspiring chef in the world would be wanting to do the same now, we were on the crest of what could be a seachange in hospitality tableware. It was an exciting realization and what really prompted me to take this much more seriously.

What has been the most important part of your professional journey?

Understanding the importance of planning. I have never been much of a planner, very good at thinking on my feet and getting done what’s right in front of me, but over the years I’ve learned that sustainable growth happens when you pair that ability with solid, diligent planning and execution.

What are some of the risks that your company is currently facing?

We are currently looking at a lot of avenues for growth. Manufacturing means you are always walking that line of demand vs. supply. If you’re over-supplied that means you’re wasting money, if you’re undersupplied you disappoint customers. We have been growing quite a bit but are looking at rolling the dice on some big purchases that will help us up the supply side significantly, but the risk that the demand doesn’t pan out to justify the expense is always a scary thing.

What would you do with unlimited resources?

Create a top-of-the-line production facility with a best-in-class R&D studio bringing in young, world-class talent to create inventive and exciting new products.

When was the last time you totally lost yourself in doing something?

I routinely lose track of time while working on new designs, it’s easily one of the best parts of the job.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

My off time is spent with my wife and dog primarily. We go for hikes, cook great meals, mix cocktails and read aloud together or spend afternoons working on remodeling our small home (currently painting a new ceiling we put up last month).

You and your team at Felt+Fat are already making a positive impact with the “BadThings Happen in Philadelphia” product line. What more do you feel you can do to make a difference in your local community?

The BadThings line of products was a really fun experiment that allowed us to send money to causes we thought were worthwhile, we’ve often found things like that to do over the years but what I am most excited about moving forward is to be working with Baker Industries here in Philly. Baker finds work for hard-to-employ individuals; primarily the recently incarcerated. We’ve just recently hired our second employee through this program and are so happy to be providing jobs for individuals in our community who would have a hard time finding work otherwise. Not only do we get to help the community, but they have also been some of our best staff! It’s a win-win.

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Inspiration and Wellness At Your Fingertips



There’s a great saying. ‘Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.’ For many people pushing themselves ahead comes naturally and they deal with the challenges of this life with equanimity. However, for many, it takes a little bit of fine tuning before they are able to take various challenges head on. Wellness and Inspiration coaches play a great role in these cases and can help you achieve that level of composure through their expertise.

However, getting such kind of expertise is not possible for many mainly because of accessibility and affordability. Solving this problem is Katherine Appello, Manhattan-based Inspiration and Wellness Coach. Born in New Jersey, Katherine has been helping individuals realize their true potential through meditation and other tools including pre-recorded seminars.

In an Interview with Times of Startups, Katherine said that some of the challenges in her personal life made her more resilient in her efforts. She believes in seeing the glass half full and that we need to take ownership of the choices we make so that we can make different choices going forward. 

The ongoing pandemic has made things tougher for businesses and individuals worldwide. Due to the restriction in movement, it has become even more important to focus on mental wellness. People get inspired by motivational speakers to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. Among other things, motivational speakers also help people to succeed in business, improve their relationships, develop a positive attitude, become healthy, achieve financial prosperity, and have more fun in life.

Realizing that in this day of technology, everything possible should be at your fingertips, she provides wellness coaching through video conferencing too. Although, she regularly engages herself in public speaking and Interviews in Manhattan.

The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it. And in that process, it is always better if you can take help from professionals.

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