Rohan's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Cybersecurity

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

ROHAN AMIN

Global Chief Information Security Officer
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

“Opportunities presented themselves, and if they were opportunities that I felt were more interesting, or if I felt like I’d have more fun or I’d learn something new, I just did it.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Experience Exploration Courage Risk Chance Fear Planning Determination Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Learning and Being Challenged

TAGS:

accessibility, career, change, computers, direction, enjoyment, excellence, flexibility, focus, learning, open minded, opportunity, plans, preparation, projects, risk, team, the unknown, trust, worry

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He originally entered college as a pre-medical student, but once he started his first few classes, he realized he was going down a path that wasn’t for him.
  • After one semester, he switched his major to computer and telecommunications engineering; he says that at the time, cybersecurity wasn’t even a widely discussed topic.
  • One of his school projects involved deploying computer labs in underprivileged parts of the world, and that was the first time he had to think about computer security at length.
  • Even so, the idea of cybersecurity was just a small seed of an idea in his brain; he still had no idea that it was a legitimate career path that he could pursue.
  • After college, he took a job working for Lockheed Martin, a large aerospace, defense, and security-focused engineering firm.
  • He assumed he’d be doing something related to software development at Lockheed Martin, but on his first day there, they pulled him into a cybersecurity project.
  • That first immersive experience gave him “the bug,” and he’s been working in cybersecurity ever since.
  • Even so, he admits that he’s never had a real “career plan”; rather, he’s chosen to simply pursue the things that interested him headfirst, seize new opportunities, and give each job his all.

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