Managing Partner and Director
Advise clients on IT internal controls that protect the confidentiality of information they use in their business.
Day to Day
My days consists of meetings with clients that are attempting to implement or improve their internal control processes for information security and data protection. Most of the time this is related to an efforts to receive a SOC report (reference AICPA). After meetings, I sit at my computer and perform testing procedures to evaluate their security and provide guidance for them to improve any broken or lacking processes. I also provide reports to update my clients on status and answer questions.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
I would pursue the CPA license ASAP. Passing all four parts of the exam opened the doors for me and my career. If not the CPA, get another relevant certification to your line of work. Graduate degrees are very valuable; however, professional certifications speak volumes as well. Often times, they are quicker and less expensive to receive. Also, network with professionals in your area of interest to understand where there may be opportunities to get started.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took: