I am a compliance officer for IBM’s highly-secured cloud environment for U.S. government clients.
Learning / Being Challenged
Day to Day
As a compliance officer, I oversee the security of the U.S. Department of Defense's cloud. I also do academic outreach where I go out to middle schools and high schools to raise more awareness about cybersecurity and ways to be safe on the internet. A new task I have just recently taken on is overseeing an apprenticeship program in cybersecurity for the Global Business Services division of IBM.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
The behavioral skills I learned as a teacher have been invaluable to me in my career at IBM. Soft skills and people skills in general are hugely beneficial to everyone in any career. For cybersecurity, the basic skills you need to have are an understanding of technological processes, terminology, how systems work together, and how to look for signs of potential online threats. Know how to use excel proficiently!
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for everyone
Reach out to a local community college or university (or one that you already attend) and talk to the professors teaching information security for advice. You could also reach out to an industry leader for advice. Don't be scared to have that conversation and ask for help. Networking will get you far! Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to try something.