There is a huge shortfall in cyber professionals, all the while the world is becoming a more volatile environment.
There is a shadow war that is ongoing right now. It is a war that is taking place in the fifth domain of Cyberspace. Cyber professionals work to keep society functioning. We do this by defending critical infrastructure, banking services, safeguarding logistical services, the apps used to schedule doctor appointments and much more. These jobs also are higher paying jobs that pay living wages from the start.
I made a complete career change after I left the military. As an Infantryman my skills did not translate well with most civilian professions. During the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to jump in and learn everything I could about cybersecurity.
I initially studied for and earned my CompTIA Security+ certification. I then attended a cybersecurity bootcamp called Level Effect. I had a job offer shortly after and have been working as an Information Security Analyst for the past 1 year 8 months. During that time I have continued studying for various certifications. In total I currently hold or am studying for the following certifications:
CompTIA, Security+ CE
CompTIA, CySA+ CE
GIAC Security Essentials Certification
GIAC Certified Incident Handler
GIAC Automating Information Security with Python (In-Progress)
Years ago I earned my AS Degree in Science and am currently in my final year of earning my Bachelor of Professional Studies in Applied Cybersecurity.
I love learning and enjoy tutoring whether in study groups on 1 on 1. I get fulfillment helping others achieve their goals, make a better life for themselves, and continue to improve their cybersecurity knowledge and technical skills.
I find that some technical experts forget what it was like to not know what they know, and this can make it difficult for them to be adaptive in their teaching styles. I like to adjust to the needs of those I tutor.
Whether you want to be quizzed before you sit for your test, a discussion on broad topics or you want to present specific questions on something that has you stumped, it is all fair game.
We can also talk about real world skills that would be needed for entry level jobs and how you might market yourself if you are thinking on or in the middle of a career change.
I look forward to working with you so feel free to reach out when you are ready!
Undergraduate Degree: Dallas College - Associate in Science, Biology, General
I like continuing to learn more about cybersecurity as technology and exploits are always evolving. I like to learn on my home lab as well as on platforms such as: tryhackme.com blueteamlabs.com letsdefend.com I also do CTFs from time to time, which can be found at ctftime.org. I am more of a homebody but my wife balances me out in that respect. My family and I go camping, walking trails through nature and have fun at the lake.
Technology and Coding