I'll try to keep a long story short, but after spending 4 years at ITT (huge mistake) and getting my Bachelors in Information System Security/Cyber Security degree (the only blessing from that mistake) and have had some struggle with getting even an entry level position. I have all sorts of IT experience and security is what I really want to be doing. This has lead me to think about some things considering where I am in life (I'm 36) and doing helpdesk work. Not where I was hoping to be after all of my experience and schooling.
Anyway, enough of that. My idea is looking into IT security for home users. With the number of users at home (young and old) who are unaware of the threats out there, or at least how to protect themselves from them, especially when considering things like identity theft, phishing scams, or the teenage punk next door. I see a need here and quite honestly these people deserve better than the clowns at Geek Squad. Here are some of my ideas with this possible endeavor.
* Install new wireless routers (with security in mind)
- change SSID or don't broadcast
- change default password
- review security options
- limit number of devices / MAC filtering
* setup/install firewalls (software and hardware options)
* install antivirus software
* new network installs
* running cable
* backup solution
- Not sure what this would look like but I have 4 years experience of Symantec Backup Exec experience and even though that may not come into play as far as that software, I would like to offer an affordable backup solution, perhaps even free that i could even apply a monthly charge to if I house the backups. I do have my own web server that backups could somehow be stored on, or I could come up with something else, but either way, I think an affordable backup solution would be nice. The capability of doing a full system backup would be nice, but maybe just file backups is a bit more obtainable for now?
* Perform virus/malware/spyware scans
* Network upgrades (routers, switches, cables, NIC's, etc.)
* Firmware updates
Later down the road:
- maybe offer different (3) security "packages" (from users who do little to nothing on their computers, to the user who maybe works from home and needs some additional layers of security)
- Home network pen-testing (of sorts)
A few things I am trying to figure out is:
- If I were to do a backup solution, as far as being able to do full system restores, what are some good options for that?
- As far as hardware (routers, switches, NIC's etc.) can the "little guy" have opportunity to get hardware from certain brands to install and turn a small profit off as a opposed to going to Best Buy or something? Not a big deal, just curious about that.
- Kind of also looking for some constructive criticism / reinforcement on my idea with all of this. I am not looking to try to sell corporate solutions to home users. Just wanting to apply my knowledge and experience to help the home users protect themselves better than what they may be.
Any help or constructive criticism on this would be very much appreciated.
Edited by therealcrazy8, 18 November 2015 - 07:37 PM.