Name: Rob Turner
Title: Senior Cyber Network Defense Analyst
Employer: DXC Technology (formerly Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)
Title: Computer Technology Program Coordinator
Employer: Ball State University
Location: Indiana, U.S.A.
Education: BS in Computer Technology, Graduate Certificate in Information System Security Management, MS in Information and Communication Sciences
Years in IT: 10
Years in Cybersecurity: 7
Cybersecurity certifications: CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP, CCNA-Security, CEH, CHFI, ECSA
How did you decide upon a career in cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity had always been an aspect of my career as a systems analyst/administrator. The more proactive I became at securing systems and networks, the more research and interest I developed in the field of IT security – until the point where it became a primary responsibility.
Why did you get your CISSP®?
The CISSP was sought in order to expand my abilities in effective management of security controls, processes and implementations. It has always been highly regarded as a good move for technical individuals looking to step into IT security management and oversight.
What is a typical day like for you?
There really isn’t a “typical” day since cybersecurity changes daily. The largest part of any day for me revolves around event analysis and is supplemented with assisting security engineers with tuning of security products, implementation of new products, and writing standard operating procedures for the security products in use in the environment.
Can you tell us about a personal career highlight?
A recent career highlight would be from a former student who went to work for an energy company. About a week into his time there, he sent me a message stating that he couldn’t believe how many of the security items that I preached weren’t simply fluff. It was very rewarding to see that he was able to see the value in the knowledge being shared with him and then applying that knowledge.
How has the CISSP certification helped you in your career?
The CISSP has helped me get out of the technical-only mentality that I used to approach securing systems. Prior to preparing for the CISSP, I had little insight into the many other aspects of cybersecurity. The lack of insight made it difficult to assist with policy creation and limited my view of the many other contributing factors to a secure environment.
What is the most useful advice you have for other cybersecurity professionals?
The most useful advice would be to never stop learning. The landscape is constantly changing and what works one day against today’s threats likely won’t work in six months. Along with professional learning, I would also recommend sharing your knowledge with others. What seems obvious to many in the cybersecurity world is often not as obvious to those in other fields.
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