Welcome to the Career Center Discussion Board!

  • Welcome to the Career Center Discussion Board!

     Antoinette updated 1 week, 1 day ago 16 Members · 41 Posts
  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 16, 2020 at 12:08

    Please tell us your name, what you do, what country you are from, and a fun fact about yourself! We look forward to getting to know you!

  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 16, 2020 at 13:44

    Check out our Resource Articles for career tips and resume guides!

  • Alan

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 13:58

    Hello. I’m Alan. I’m unemployed so… looking for a new position is currently my full time occupation. (And for the next 72hrs, attending this conference!) And I’m in the USA. East Coast. Conference time is probably a better fit for my usual schedule than many other attendees :-). My experience is as IT Director for a SMB and that’s the type of role I’m searching for. Any guidance toward finding that role in the Central New Jersey area would be much appreciated.

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:03

      Good Morning Alan, I’m LaNiece with Computer Coach. I, too, am on the East Coast in Tampa, Fl. I am sure this conference will provide a plethora of information that will be useful in your job search. Don’t forget to check out some of the articles on the resource page in your down time as there are multiple topics on job hunting. https://securitycongress.brighttalk.live/groups/career-center/resource-center-career-center/

    • Suzanne

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:12

      Hi Alan, I am Suzanne with Computer Coach as well. Conferences like the Security Congress offer an excellent opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals. As LaNiece pointed out there are excellent resources in the resource center, but I encourage you to meet others and follow-up. Statistically, sources say only 20% of people follow up. You can really stand out and grow your connections. Also, if you have any companies you are targeting it is always a good idea to have a list. This way, if anyone has contacts, they can refer you.

  • Michael

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 15:04

    Good morning,

    I am Mike. I am a Cyber Security Consultant working for an IT Consulting company in the USA.

    I got into Cyber Security full time by accident, but have really enjoyed learning and growing in the field for the last 15 years. I am looking for a growth opportunity. My current position has become stagnant, with no development or growth potential. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Suzanne

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:25

      Hi Mike! Unfortunately, stagnation can happen. Especially if you are good at what you do. It’s easy to get stuck. Check out the career planning guide in the resource section. Also, make a plan on what job title you are targeting. Then you can research what skills you need for that next step. Start looking for people in your network who you can do informational interviews on their roles. If you know your “next step” you may be able to meet some people at the Congress that can help guide you on how they got their roles. Good luck to you!

      • Michael

        Member
        November 16, 2020 at 15:40

        Thank you Suzanne.

        I hope use the Congress to expand my professional network.

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:35

      Good Morning Mike. Cyber Security is a great field to fall into “accidently.” The tech industry is in constant evolution and there is always something new to learn. The Security Congress is a great opportunity to bring new ideas and implementation back to you company as well as meet and network with others in your field. Don’t forget to connect with fellow attendees on LinkedIn and follow up.after the conference.

  • Jessica

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 15:07

    Hello! I’m Jessica Vallejo and currently reside in New Jersey, USA. I was part of the 3 year Security track of Verizon’s Leadership Development Program and am currently and information security risk management analyst. Much of my work centers on automation efforts within Verizon and making sure they adhere to both Internal and External policies and standards. Prior I was involved in the build up of the Verizon Threat Management Center. Right now I’m excitedly looking for the next step in my career and look forward to all the opportunities available this week. My fun fact is that I’ve visited almost all Disney theme parks. Japan and Hong Kong are left!

    • Suzanne

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:22

      Hi Jessica, Nice to meet you. I am adding your fun fact to my bucket list. Never thought of that, but as a Florida-girl, I have grown up on Disney. Next vacation stop…. hmmm… Cali here I come! 🙂

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:38

      Hi Jessica, Welcome! As a former cast member, I am very excited to meet someone who loves Disney as much as me. Have a great conference and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or just want to talk about how amazing the maze at Disneyland Paris is!

  • Totiro

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 15:21

    Good Morning All,

    I am Totiro, transitioning out of the US Army Reserves after a 10 year career. Currently unemployed but in my last assignment I worked as both the Senior Network Administrator and the Physical Security Officer for a Brigade sized element. As you can imagine, I had pretty much no life at the time, haha.

    I am 2 classes away from being finished with a degree in Cyber Security and looking for SOC Analyst work or Physical Security Work in the Dallas, TX area. Over the next 72 hours I’ll be taking part in this virtual conference, and trying to do my best to absorb all I can to continue to hit the ground running in the civilian world.

    Hope everyone is staying safe out there and looking forward to an excellent conference.

    • Suzanne

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:45

      Nice to meet you Totiro and thanks for your service! Check out our resources. They will help you in planning your career. Enjoy the Congress!

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:52

      Hi Totiro, thank you for your service and congrats on your upcoming degree. It sounds like you have a plan in place to get the most out of this conference. I would recommend at the end of each session to take a moment and circle or jot down your biggest takeaway from that speaker. It will make reviewing your notes much easier and also provide a topic of conversation when networking with other attendees.

  • Suzanne

    Moderator
    November 16, 2020 at 15:21

    Hi Everyone! I am Suzanne Ricci, the Chief Success Officer at Computer Coach. For 20 years, I have coached IT professionals to their desired success. I am located in Tampa, FL. My fun fact… I have lived on three different continents. 🙂 Look forward to getting to know each of you.

  • Smail

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 15:37

    Hello, I am Ismail From North Carolina USA, I’m working as IT admin for Automotive company , I do have 11 years experience in IT in different domain i worked in past as IT security manager, System Analyst , Infrastructure engineer …etc.

    I am CEH, OSCP and CISSP and proud to speak 3 official languages (English, French, Arabic ).

    let me know guys what do you think languages are important in the career on IT Security or not ?

    Nice to meet you all 🙂

    • Suzanne

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 15:44

      Hi Ismail, When you refer to languages are you referring to the spoken language or programming languages? If it is spoken, I think speaking multiple languages is a benefit regardless of the language. Allows you to have different ways of thinking, the ability to bond with more people, and gives you different experiences which is great. If it is programming languages I suggest adding on some Python. Can’t go wrong with that upskill right now.

      • Smail

        Member
        November 16, 2020 at 15:48

        Hi Suzanne nice to meet you, thank you for the feedback, and Yes i was referring to the spoken languages

  • Kristupas

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 16:29

    Great set of Resource Articles! Thanks

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 16:33

      Absolutely Kristupas! There are various articles on different topics depending on the need of the Congress attendees. Let us know if you have any questions and enjoy the conference.

  • John

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 17:23

    Hi, I’m John, an IT infrastructure manager (acting as director) for a small biz inside a Fortune 50 healthcare company. I have 10 years exp. managing a small team and 2 small data centers with 50% focus on technology & operations and 50% in security. I’d like to move to 100% cybersecurity without necessarily having to start over and I suspect my 20+ years infrastructure experience might be working against me with prospective employers. I’m looking for a reality check and any suggestions as to how to best transition into a security manager/director role. My 3 degrees including doctorate are not in tech and my certs include CISSP, CEH and shortly CCSP. I also suspect there may be others with a similar question. Fun fact: in a past life I was a professional cellist who performed at Carnegie Recital Hall.

    • Suzanne

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 19:29

      Hi John, Thanks for sharing your situation. It is a tough one, but it is possible. I would suggest putting effort into branding yourself in the security world. We have a presentation scheduled for career branding. Check it out if you have time. Also, start scheduling speaking engagements on security topics. Anyone that will have you. Take photos, shoot some video, and start using these in your branding techniques to move you away from infrastructure and into security. You will also be surrounding yourself with security pros who may be able to recommend you or looking to expand their teams. Also, I suggest strategically volunteering. Maybe at some of the larger security conferences. This way you can meet more individuals and build a network of cyber professionals. Really get involved with your local security meetups and associations. Take a leadership role, if you don’t have any create them. Also, start writing articles. There are some great resources in the resource section of our career center that will help give you some ideas. If you present yourself as the “cyber guy” you will become just that. Good luck to you and thanks again for sharing.

  • Eric

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 21:04

    My name is Eric. I work in security/compliance for a research company in the US with lots of federal clients. One fun fact about me is that I collect celebrity autographs.

    My question is how to address this issue on my resume and LinkedIn:

    During a job hunt a couple of years ago, I accepted one job while still in consideration for another and left when that second offer was made. I was at the first job for two months. Do I mention the first job? Do I need to explain it? Any suggestions?

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 21:37

      Hi Eric! What is your favorite autograph collected so far?

      Great resume question. While I normally recommend not to have gaps in your resume, I would not recommend putting the first company on your resume as most recruiters will ask about the 2 month employment period.

      • Eric

        Member
        November 17, 2020 at 13:40

        Thanks for the advice.

        Collecting autographs is more fun in person but you can’t meet everyone you want to. My favorite “get” is Paul McCartney and Harrison Ford since they are hard to find. My favorite in-person autograph was Tom Felton from the Harry Potter series. Tom was very warm and friendly and not at all like he is on screen.

  • Phil

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 21:31

    Hello! I’m an Enterprise and earned my CISSP two years ago. I am looking to find a career in Cybersecurity but aren’t sure where I fit. I have a tremendous interest in the field. What can I do to figure out the best place to start down the path. Thanks.

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 16, 2020 at 21:50

      Hi Phil! You have already made the first step by attending this conference. I hope you are getting a lot of value and making great connections. I would recommend mapping out a career path. Basically, start where you are now and where you want to be then write down the steps or process you will take to get there. Talking with a career coach can be especially helpful in this process. You can also check out the “How to Guide to Career Planning in the resource section.

      • Phil

        Member
        November 16, 2020 at 21:53

        Good advice. I have not written anything down, I need to do that. Do we have access to any counseling as a member?

        • LaNiece

          Moderator
          November 16, 2020 at 22:09

          I am not sure as far as your membership but i know several career coaches are available during this conference for those who sign up.

          • Phil

            Member
            November 16, 2020 at 22:13

            Found it. Signed up via the Career Center. Thank you.

            • LaNiece

              Moderator
              November 16, 2020 at 22:14

              Awesome! Sometimes writing it on paper can make all the difference. Good Luck!

  • Donielle

    Moderator
    November 17, 2020 at 12:03

    Good morning Congress attendees! My name is Donielle, HR Talent Partner with (ISC)2, based out of our Headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. We all hope you are enjoying our first virtual event.

  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 17, 2020 at 13:23

    Welcome to Day 2 of (ISC)2 Security Congress! We are happy to have you here. I’m Tina Vaitkus and I’m the head of HR for (ISC)2. We love taking your questions and comments about careers and we have great resources for you in the Resource Article tab and on the Presentations page.

  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 17, 2020 at 13:25

    Check out our presentations today: Career Success is not an Accident at 12:00pm EST and Creating a Personal Brand at 3:30pm EST. To view – go to the Presentations tab.

  • Noelle

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 18:21

    Name: Noelle Thiessen

    What I do: I have a Master’s in Information Security Management, CISSP, Bachelor of Business Administration and Management Information Systems. I have experience in the government, private and medical sectors: working security and threat management in the SOC center for the DoD, Network Administrator for Sony, and developed Security and HIPPA compliance and Security Audits for Pacific Medical Center. I am well rounded and can bring a lot to any team.

    Where I am from: I am from Seattle, Washington

    Fun Facts – I trained for the US Olympic Team for Skeleton Racing and made the National Team. I am also a beekeeper researching the benefits of Apitherapy and how technology can help the honeybee population.

    I am currently looking for part-time work while I start my business!

    • Wendy

      Moderator
      November 17, 2020 at 18:38

      Welcome Noelle! I had to look up skeleton racing to see what that was. I used to love sledding when I lived up north!

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 17, 2020 at 19:18

      Hi Noelle! That is amazing. Fun fact about me is I have never even seen snow! Congratulations on starting your own business. What type of business are you planning?

  • Antoinette

    Member
    November 18, 2020 at 15:12

    Hello!
    My name is Antoinette. I am a lead security engineer at a US company. Fun fact: I have a brown belt in Kenpo karate (next belt is Black!). I have been in security for a few years now, but not sure where I want to be in 5 years. I am interested in taking several avenues (Mgt, projects, etc). Can you recommend tools or strategies to help me make a 5 year plan?

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