Rohan's Open Road
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.
- 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.