Climb That Damn Mountain.
What’s your mountain? Security is a rigorously academic field, and by its very nature, that will never change. I set out on this journey to become a cyber expert and secure our data for the betterment of all in our increasingly online world. I have my plan, my goals, and I’m sticking to it.
“I was quite impressed with your work [on this assignment]. You are the first person EVER to work through [this issue], let alone try for the extra credit.”
Prof. Brown, Champlain College
“It’s time to wake up and smell the Mutating Hash! Signature Based Malware Detection is Dead”
― James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology
Malware Analysis and The Cyber Landscape
Working in the malware industry is the next step. This could be a very wide category of qualifying positions– antivirus companies, threat intelligence companies, etc.
This is a highly strategic move toward my ultimate goal. There is some flexibility however, as working in penetration testing is also highly valuable and can be done as a freelance ethical hacker. Whether it’s one or the other, both skills can be practiced at home.
- Master’s degree in [cyber security or computer science]
- Ph.D. in applicable field, TBD
- Mastery of applicable languages (Chinese and/or Russian)
- Advanced knowledge of malware authoring
Ultimately I want to work as a cyber warrior, defending both our country’s and company’s information from those who seek it.
Shrouded in mystery and dawned with secrecy. This is where I want to work. Cyber is the new field of battle, and it can cause more damage than most people can imagine while going completely unseen to the general public.
Cyber threats are rising steadily, and it’s important to have driven individuals on the front lines, now more than ever.