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Security Consulting Systems Engineer

I consult with DoD customers to provide security solutions to their cybersecurity needs.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Being in the cybersecurity field, I regularly check the latest news for any cybersecurity related news. I then look to see how Cisco security products could have prevented those events. I advise customers via presentations, demos and tech days on the latest Cisco cybersecurity defense solutions. I assist those customers with any help they need with Cisco security products. I use all related products in a lab environment to gain expert level knowledge of all Cisco security products.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Cybersecurity is a broad field with many different jobs. Determining the path you wish to go down is the first important step. There is great opportunity in every area. Once you figure out what area you wish to pursue, research it and follow in the steps of those who have succeeded in those areas.

Recommended Education

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


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"When starting out in the field, I had bosses and peers that looked for any reason to undermine my progress. Bosses would find reasons (ex. lack of a degree, lack of a certification, etc.) to pass me up for promotions or other opportunities."