Goals for 2023

It’s that time of year again – and one of the few reasons I update this blog! – to review my goals/achievements over the past 12 months, and set myself some accountable targets for 2023.

Looking back over last year’s post, it’s interesting to remind myself what I hoped to achieve from 2022:

  • Passing CEH by end of January
  • Passing AZ-800 by end of March
  • Completing OSCP by end of year
  • Beginning the journey to CISSP
  • Reforming cybersecurity at work

I very much exceeded my goals in terms of professional development. I achieved 10 certifications in 2022; the CEH and AZ-800 I planned, along with CISSP and a rake of Microsoft Cloud/Cybersecurity certifications I never thought I could attain in a single year, including Microsoft Certified: Cybersecurity Architect Expert and Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert. This was largely thanks to wanting to improve my CV with a job hunt on the horizon, and then additionally by a certification incentive at my current place of work. I didn’t manage to even consider starting the OSCP, as it just didn’t align with the Azure security/architecture role I’ve found myself drifting towards.

Career wise 2022 was also eventful; I left an Information Security Officer position in a healthcare organisation to join an MSSP as a Senior Security Engineer, to gain as much exposure to Cloud as possible. So even though I didn’t achieve my goal of “reforming cybersecurity at work” (bit naïve to think I could!), I am proud of the work I did there, and am happy with the career move I’ve made despite a few reservations.

So, in terms of career and professional development, 2022 has been a great success. On the flip side, cramming for certifications, the pressures of a new job, and plenty of changes in my personal life, have all been very draining. It hasn’t left much time for other aspects of life outside my career. So with that in mind, my goals for 2023 are:

  • As much hands on Azure infrastructure/security architecture work as possible
  • A maximum of two certifications during the year. Too early to be specific unfortunately, but preferably something beefy with an exam focused on practical/hands-on skills (in other words, not Microsoft!)
  • Making time for hobbies and other pursuits; no point going into those here, it’s a professional blog!

So, a lot more vague and open-ended for 2023, but hopefully just as successful as 2022. Happy New Year to anybody stumbling across this post!

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