Ivan De Los Santos

Ivan De Los Santos

Cybersecurity Operations Engineer

Booz Allen Hamilton


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Immigrated to the United States.
Enlisted in the U.S. Army with a very good job (Aircraft Electrician).
Left the Army to attend school full-time.
Keep following my journey


High School
Management Information Systems, General
Wright State University-Main Campus
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
University of Maryland-University College


Cybersecurity Operations Engineer

I respond to security events and mitigate the impacts of incidents when they occur.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Arrive at work and participate in our daily shift (I work in a security operation center that provides 24x7 support) handover conference call. Open my computer and take a look at all the security events occurring around the systems we oversee. Evaluate security events (using a variety of tools) for potential security compromises. Read blogs and books related to information security.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Curiosity: One must constantly be learning. Perseverance: Sometimes it takes hours to clearly determine that a security event is just that, a non malicious security event. Sense of humor: The work can be stressful at times, having a sense of humor goes a long way into managing that stress.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Join a professional organization like ISSA, ISACA or OWASP. For most students, the admission cost is free or a very reduced price. Volunteer for security events and conferences. This will give you the opportunity to meet people already in the field that know where the entry level opportunities are.

Recommended Education

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

Management Information Systems, General
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You are not smart enough. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant