My road in life has been direct.
Started programming at home in QBASIC in high school.
Majored in Computer Science at community college, learning C++ and Visual Basic.
Join Military, and start volunteering for any computer related task that I can. Selected as an Information System Security Officer due to past performance and enthusiasm for computer security
Apply to selective computer security assignments in the military, leading to more training & skills.
Joined private sector as an security analyst, learning and teaching.
Graduate from UMUC with a Master's degree in Cybersecurty, while volunteering for the competitive CyberPadawan CTF team.
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Senior Security Engineer

I build and secure computer networks.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get a few certifications like a CompTIA Security+ or Network+. They are a good foundation and will help you get a foot in the door. After entry level certs, try for a Cisco CCNA or SANS GIAC certification. Look for internships, even unpaid ones. Companies often hire interns that prove they have the drive and enthusiasm. Build a home lab, even if its just a single computer running virtualbox with a few different virtual machines. You can build domain controllers, and practice networking.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

"Nothing but encouragement. "