About Me - Harry D James

Harry D'wayne James

Cybersecurity Professional, Network technology enthusiast, PC Repair Savant, Video Game Addict, Web Design Padawan

I use this site to learn. Welcome to my playground. I'm always open to tips on web design. I've been busy so teaching myself is going slowly.

I'm not really sure what I want this page to say about me yet, so it's blank except for somethings that I'm excited about. I have to keep myself excited or the depression sets in.
I'm kind of like a shark, must keep moving or I'll drown.

I've just finished my BSCSIA from WGU. I've been secretly jealous of everyone that had been able to obtain a degree. I have also been angry at myself because I am smarter than some of the people I've been jealous of. Having my degree is like a release of all of that negative energy that I carried around. It's exhausting.

The BSCSIA came with a bunch of CompTia certifications included in the tuition. There are other certifications that you need. I think I got them all here somewhere.

So I'm going to try and figure out what to do with my life and this page...

Thanks For Stopping By


IT Certifications obtained

An industry certification is a credential recognized by business and industry at the local, state or national level. It could be an assessment, an examination or a license that is administered and recognized by an industry third-party or governing board. Professional organizations award certifications to confirm that you have specific knowledge or skills needed to do a job. Typically, you earn a credential after you've completed your education or gained experience through an internship, residency or time on the job.

Some examples of certification entities are AHIMA, Autodesk, CompTIA, ISC2, Microsoft, AWS, and Cisco. Industry certifications are valuable to employers because they verify a job candidate's technical skillset.

Based on industry or occupational standards, industry certifications are awarded by industry or professional groups, are usually time-limited and renewable, and are intended to demonstrate skills.

Certificates, certifications and licenses

You can add to your education and career options by obtaining various professional certificates, certifications or licenses. The terms sound similar, but they have different meanings and functions.


A certificate may indicate you finished a vocational or educational program's coursework. They are not academic degrees and do not certify you work in a particular occupation or industry. For example, you might receive a certificate for completing a management training program.


A certification recognizes that you have the professional skills and education matching standardized criteria for specific professional associations, companies or independent organizations. They are used as industry standards and may be required for career advancement. For example, an accounting firm may require accountants to be Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Certifications usually involve education and exam components and may require renewal every few years.


A license is used by state governments, giving you authority to work in a specific field. They usually require an examination and proof of education and experience. For example, you have a state-issued license to be an electrician, doctor, teacher or plumber.

In addition to the degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance I now have, I have obtained these IT certifications to demonstrate my knowledge in various areas of the industry.

    Currently persuing...

  1. ISC2 CCSP

Hello. Nice to meet you.


Hello there:

I am Harry D. James.
I am a Cybersecurity Professional living in the Boston area. I am a recent graduate of Western Governor's University.I have a BSCSIA Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.

I love to learn. I think that's why I enjoyed the WGU experience. I think WGU is great, but it is definitely not for everyone. One of the most attractive WGU offerings was the ability to do as many classes as I could. The more courses I finished in a term, the less the degree costs.

That structure allowed me to finish courses at a furious rate. I didn't finish the quickly because the content was easy, I finished them quickly because I was alredy familiar with the content. The hardest part for me was trying to figure out exactly how they wanted me to present the information. The industry certifications that I got as part of my degree were also challenging.

I have been in the IT feild for over 20 years. Some of the concepts were basic to me, but I do remember the first time I tried to ingest some of that stuff. It was hard. Only after using those concepts over and over again did it become familiar.

This is why WGU may not work for everyone. There was no traditional classes. If you need to learn something, you are going to struggle a bit more. I was able to apply my practical knowledge to the course material. If you don't have that experience, the time you spend learning could negate the ability to finish courses quickly. Most people aren't great at teaching themselves complex topics, that's why teachers exist.

The course instructors at WGU are there to guide, not to tell. They are industry professionals themselves and they want you to learn. They will put you on the right track, but do not expect them to directly answer your questions. They will more or less confirm that you are on the right track, but I found getting a concrete answer to "Is this right" to be quite challenging.

People have noticed that I finished quickly and they want to do the same. When they ask me about WGU I tell them I think it's a good idea but don't do what I did. I try to steer them away from the program I completed.

But Dwayne, Why would you do that?

Because the courses will be much harder for them than it would be for me. A family member just finised freshman year at a traditional school. We started at the same time. Before they go back to school for softmore year, I had finished. The inevitable conversation of "do you think I could do that?" came up. The answer is "Not really."

That being said the answer was no because they don't have the experience I do, but WGU offers many different degree programs. Your success in any of the program offerings is going to depend on your existing knowledge and your overall dedication to completing your program.

It took me 17 months, 1 week, and three days (give or take an hour or two) to finish 35 classes and earn my degree. I wish I had done it sooner but you know what the say; Wish in one hand ...

I'm an avid fan of technology, and entertainment of all kinds. I'm not so much a fan of people. I spend most of my time trying to understand things I currently don't; I prefer to ignore people.

I had almost given up on going to college.
I thought I didn't have the time or the money but WGU made getting my degree affordable and convenient.
I'm not trying to be a WGU commercial,
but it does work as advertised.

WGU worked for me, but it is definitely not for everyone.