Darlene Exum

Darlene Exum

IT/Cyber-Security Analyst


NSWC Indian Head Explosives Ordinance Disposal Technical Division

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Clerk-Typist - Navy.
Secretary for the Forest Service.
IBM - Telecommunications.
Secretary - Marriott Corporation.
Paralegal for the D.C. Bar Association.
Intake Specialist for the Office of the Public Defender Service.
Office Automation Clerk - Navy.
Team Lead IT/Cyber Security Analyst - Fully Qualified Navy Validator.
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Education

High School
Springan Senior High School
Bachelor
Information Technology
University of Maryland-University College
Graduate
Computer Science
University of Maryland-University College
Certification/License
Security +
COMPTIA

Career

IT/Cyber-Security Analyst

Lead team of cyber-security analysts to conduct security testing on Research Development Testing Computer Systems.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Travel
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

A Research Development & Testing System (RDT&E) accreditation and certification has expired. The package consists of various security documentation. Instruct team to conduct security testing on the server, then develop and Plan Action and Milestones (POA&M) spread, detailing vulnerabilities detected on the system. Review C&A Plan this document describes the systems functionality, mission, system architecture, technical and administrative, and concepts of operations.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Become familiar with DOD policies, instructions on Information Assurance. On the job and training courses on all subject material relating to Information Security. Preparing a computer system that requires Certification and Accreditation to operate on the DOD Network, which means knowing how to use drawing software tools to develop system architecture, using database systems, using word to describe the system. Most important giving presentations to staff and senior leadership.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Must have IT Knowledge/ or background. Earn IT certification, degree, and look for companies that will hire employees new to the field.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Information Technology
graduate
Graduate
Computer Science
certification
Certification/License
Security +

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I was recommended for the Technology Internship program. After I accepted the interview. My thoughts quickly reverted to: "They will not hire me. "I am too old"."

Challenges I Overcame

Finding New Purpose