Most Recommended


Welcome to the CPE TEA Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for improving your technical skill set, meeting CPE requirements and preparing for certification exams. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here were crucial in building my career in information technology and cyber security.

Before getting into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Test Prep & Skills Training

Exam Cram

Exam Cram has always been my go to resource when it was time to get certified. I used it to prep for my MCSE back in the day, and also to prepare for the CEH exam. It definitely gets results, and that is passing your test the first time around.

Pearson Education (InformIT)

Kaplan IT Training (formerly Transcender) is my other tried and true resource for passing my certification exams. Another oldie but goodie, I started using this test prep software when it was called Transcender. I passed every exam when I used both Transcender and Exam Cram practice tests to prepare for my I.T. and security exams.

Stay on Track with Kaplan's Cyber Security Career Track


Build the skills you need to put your career on the fast track with Coursera. Another one of my favorites, I started using Coursera when most of the tracks were free. Although many of the courses are no longer free, they are still very affordable, and won’t break the bank!

Introduction to Linux is a free course from the Linux Foundation via I took it a few years ago to brush up on my skills since I did not use it often in my daily work. It is a good overall course and I highly recommend it to those who are unfamiliar with the OS or need a basic refresher course.

Introduction to Linux

Tools of the Trade

Kali Linux is one of the best  pentesting OS distributions around. I’ve been using it since 2012, and it just keeps getting better. Don’t let the fact that is free and open source fool you. It is a serious tool used by pentesters, hackers and researchers alike.

To a lessor extent, you can also use Kali Linux to conduct digital forensics. If you haven’t already, I suggest you give it a try.

The hacker's favorite distro.

Wireshark is the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer (according to the folks at

You can use it to sniff network traffic and then analyze the results. It has never been my favorite tool, but thousands of users can’t be wrong, or can they? Nevertheless, if you want to be a good Network Forensics Analyst or threat hunter, you need to know how to use this tool.

The protocol analyzer I love to hate.

Bro is an IDS that is useful in conducting network forensics (i.e. parsing pcaps for analysis). While there is a steep learning curve, this tool is well worth the effort.

Good stuff, but not for the naive.


Autopsy is a digital forensics platform and graphical interface to The Sleuth Kit®. It is easy to use with a minimal learning curve. A must have for your system forensics toolkit. And it’s free!

I like, I like, I really really like it.

NetworkMiner is an open source Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT) for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and FreeBSD). It is a passive network sniffer and can also parse pcaps. I like it because it is easy to use and gives good results.

NetworkMiner is the free version. NetworkMiner Pro will set you back $900.

Nmap is a free and open source command line utility for network discovery and security auditing. It should be a part of every hacker’s toolkit – it’s sure in mine!

An oldie, but goodie.


The Cisco Learning Network

As a cyber security professionals, we need to know how to both attack and defend networks. I went through the Cisco Networking Academy a few years ago, and it was the best training I ever had. Was it difficult? Yes, but well worth the effort and expense.

Whether you need to learn the basics of routing and switching, or you are in need of advanced security training, look no further than Cisco, because they are the industry leaders that will take your career to the next level.

Get CCNA or CCIE Certified now!


Blockchain Certification Training


Get certified in Blockchain technology with edureka! Because when it comes to I.T., it’s not who you know, it’s what you know that counts.  (OK, only when you don’t know anyone).

Become a Blockchain Expert.