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
Security and The Cyber Landscape
Working in the security industry is the next step. This could be a very wide category of qualifying positions– antivirus companies, threat intelligence, penetration testing, etc.
This is a highly strategic move toward my ultimate goal. There is some flexibility however, as working in any offensive security capacity is highly valuable. Many of these skills can not only be practiced at home but also freelanced professionally.
- Security+ (Done)
- 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
My ultimate goal is to work as a cyber warrior, tracking and eliminating threats on the cyber landscape.
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.
You may have gleaned by now that I simply don’t do half-ass. I aim to be a master of the cyber realm — this is my mountain.
Cyber threats are rising steadily, and it’s important to have driven individuals on the front lines, now more than ever.