October 23, 2018
Salaries for Blockchain engineers are skyrocketing, now on par with AI experts
  • Blockchain engineers are making between $150,000 and $175,000 annually on average.
  • Blockchain engineers are top paid roles in software development, on par with specialists focused on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Demand for Blockchain engineers has increased by 400 percent since late 2017 according to Hired, a firm that helps clients recruit tech candidates.
Engineers who want to specialize in Blockchain should know networking, database design and cryptography computing skills, according to multiple Blockchain engineers. Blockchain engineers code in a variety of programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, C++, Go, Solidity and Python, among others. Source

Are you ready to be a backend engineer, systems engineer or solutions architect? Take one of our Blockchain classes in January.
Certified Blockchain Business Foundations (CBBF)

 January 14 & 15 • 2019
Monday & Tuesday
9 am - 5 pm
Certified Blockchain Developer - Ethereum (CBDE)

 January 21, 22, 23 • 2019
Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday
9 am - 5 pm
Cyber Saturday—Facebook Hack, Spotify Data Prying, China Election Meddling

Facebook faced, by its own estimation, 50 million potential account takeovers. What makes the situation worse is that these tokens can provide access to other linked services: Instagram, news sites, games, etc. Anything to which people have connected via a Facebook login could have been vulnerable. 

The major lesson from this mistake is to NEVER - or almost never - use a social media login to access other online services.

For a review of which services are connected to your Facebook account, take the following steps. Visit “Settings,” then click “Apps and Websites.” You can manage permissions here. If you’re worried about having to remember myriad passwords, use password management software.

Remember: every linkage is a potential point of vulnerability. Cybersecurity professionals call this concept network segmentation, and it is one of their fundamental principles . Source
Why Add Data Privacy Training?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect on May 25th of this year, changed the data privacy landscape globally, including for many US companies. In fact, 52% of CIOs from the largest US companies responded in a survey that they possess data about EU citizens which makes them subject to GDPR. It does not stop with this EU-based law as data privacy laws have persisted in the US for decades – CAN-SPAM, HIPPA, COPPA, FERPA, and many, many more.

With data becoming more important to business success, it is also seeing its greatest levels of regulation. Data protection is no longer an afterthought as more organizations face increased cybersecurity threats and the potential of severe penalties when data is compromised. The most recent example is UBER, which was fined $148,000,000 in September of 2018 for concealing data in its 2016 breach.

Review our IAPP classes and be sure to sign up today in order to get 10% off when paid in full.
Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT)

 November 10 & 11
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
Act fast for 10% if paid in full!
Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

 November 10 & 11
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
Act fast for 10% if paid in full!
2 Great Conferences You Don't Want To Miss!
Be sure to look out for Prem and say hello!
Elastic On Tour
Washington D.C.
October 25, 2018
GPU Technology Conference
Washington D.C.
October 22-24, 2018
Hot Jobs Alert
Unisys has a lot of open cyber security positions they need to fill quickly. Some examples are Data Scientist, Tier II Support, Sr. Scrum Master, Software Engineer, Project Manager/Scrum Master, and so much more. Just send your resume to careers@Intellectualpoint.com
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We are so proud to be the first to say “ Congrats ” to the following people who passed their exams...

  • Timothy Burnett passed CCNP- Troubleshooting
  • Martina Brown passes MOS –PowerPoint
  • Susmita Chowdhury passed Security+
  • Artaisha Jenkins passed CSM 
  • Agim Bezhani passed CEH
  • Roland Coniku passed CEH
  • Lance Martinez passed Security+
Upcoming Classes
ITIL ® Foundation

October 23 & 26 & 30
Tuesday & Friday
6 pm - 10 pm
Act fast for $100 off this class!
Amazon Web Service (AWS) Architect - Associate

November 3, 4 & 10, 11
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
CompTIA Security+

November 3, 4 & 10, 11
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA Route & Switch)

November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 December 3, 5
Monday & Wednesday
6 pm - 10 pm
CompTIA PenTest+

November 10, 11 & 17, 18
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

November 10, 11 & 17, 18
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
Splunk Certified Power User

November 17 & 18
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
CompTIA Cloud+

November 17 & 18
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Located in Herndon, VA

November 19, 20
Monday & Tuesday
9 am - 5 pm
ITIL ® Foundation

November 20, 21 & 22
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
6 pm - 10 pm
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)

December 1, 2 & 8, 9
Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm
Migration to Azure Demo
& Practical Pen Testing Digital Natives Meetup
Wednesday,
November 7

Reston Community Center
Hunters Woods Village Center
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Don't Miss Out On The Benefits:
  • Continuing Education (CE) Certificates worth 2 credits
  • Insight on PenTest+ from CompTIA officially
  • Mapping to the NIST NICE framework
  • Live Demo on Hybrid Cloud environment using Microsoft Azure
  • We have recruiters attending the event, please bring your latest résumé
Husein Sharaf founder of Metrolink Networks, will discuss how their core competency is building and migrating traditional datacenter infrastructure to cloud environments like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Husein Sharaf comes from a systems engineering background, with over 12 years of experience designing enterprise IT solutions for both public and private-sector clients

Join Sharaf as he demonstrates Cloud Migrations to Azure!
Over this past year, Dr.  James Stanger   has consulted with IT pros and management worldwide about essential pen testing techniques and best practices. He’s noticed three common threads in his conversations. The first is that cybersecurity professionals and executive managers continue to struggle with explaining why penetration testing is important in the first place. The second is that the industry remains mired in the “defender’s dilemma” mode of thinking when it comes to pentesting. The third is that pen testing has suffered from seriously-outmoded thinking in the (post) modern IoT, SCADA and perimeterless world in which we now live.

Is Pentesting really necessary? A look into the current demand and opportunities with James Stanger.
PenTest+ is a hot new certification! Penetration Testers are in high demand with a median annual salary of $98,000.
Take one of our certification classes and we will help you be ready for the scariest cyber frights! Register for any class in October and get a Fire HD 10 with Alexa Hands-free*!
Our IP Alumni Group is growing quickly and we don't want you to miss out!
Results from our last Poll.
Which Certification do you want in October that will earn you a $100 discount? ITIL - 20%, CCNA - 20%, Splunk Power User - 30%, PMP - 20%, Learn more 10%