I continued my intelligence career working as a government employee leading a t Experimentation and Engineering lab in support of the t Combatant Command t Intelligence Operations Center implementation.
Celebrate all year
I thought I would be speaking with one guy, their lead engineer, so I had an engineering book with my architecture diagrams ready to pitch to him alone. Not to mention my senior partner had accompanied me on the trip to engage in other client dialogue and due to schedules ed the meeting.
When I arrived, I saw a room with about 30 people in it. I had 30 people hovering over this book and asking questions about it and no briefing deck.
The pitch went great and resulted in both client adoption and funding along with positive engagement with the senior partner, who, incidentally, later helped sponsor me for promotion. Make sure you have sponsors and mentors to help you navigate the agency or company culture.
Many of my top ten are the same from when I started my career, and that just shows how important it is to build your peer network early on. Enjoy the moment. Just appreciate the time for what it is. Favorite Outside Interest: I love hanging out with my family at our cabin or doing something fun with my six-year old son.
When I transitioned out of the Navy, I jumped into consulting and began supporting the IC as a first client. I continue to be impressed with the creativity, drive, and technical ability our team brings to the clients. Some of my best experiences have happened during brainstorming and solutioning sessions where I get to see team collaboration at its finest.
In the IC, sensitive information from manned and unmanned systems across the globe will continue to be a challenge to secure. You can always change your mind or make a pivot later. Like many others, when the pandemic hit I bought a Peloton. I equate a new career challenge or decision to some of the workouts specifically the high intensity interval training.
I was hooked immediately and had to stay disciplined on the of episodes I allowed myself to watch per night! The plot was fascinating and it got me excited about learning chess. Her obsession with the game and ability to visualize a strategy ahead of the match was amazing. It was exciting to then see how you could take what was static data and how it could become dynamic with routing, alerts, etc and incorporate satellite imagery to see changes quickly.
This then evolved to using this data in analysis to solve more complex problems. We need to be able to quickly assemble and integrate the most timely and relevant data to make decisions. Being able to analyze and visualize the data for understanding is key and as we have more and more data this becomes a greater challenge.
The world is every changing and evolving and we need to continuously learn, adapt, and change the way we do things to improve. I would suggest that you should always volunteer to learn something new and try something different. Never believe that they way we used to do something is the way we have to do it in the future. I love working for Esri, a technology company, because we are always creating new capabilities and evolving the way we work. But I think the most consistent thing I watch or listen to is the news.
“our history is our strength!”
I get to be a part of creating and observing the demonstration of innovative ways to access and share information and its impacts on our national security. In this information age and in a cyber-world, ensuring everyone that needs information can get it securely and completely is key. Further, providing relevant data to inform decisions that affect our way of life is also exciting to me. Building relationships with people who can help you be more effective in developing a solution can create truly mutually beneficial partnerships and this is a skill you should build early in your career.
I recommend thinking beyond what you know and are comfortable with by creating more connections. Then widen your scope of who can provide good ideas—this will help you think smarter and with more depth. The show helps me de-stress and remember to enjoy life with laughter. I started out of college and worked there for 15 years before becoming a contractor. I enjoy the variety of responsibilities and challenges that my job presents.
Frequently asked questions about cybersecurity ph.d. programs
Each day is different, and being able to anticipate and manage issues while also coaching team members to achieve more and get them motivated and excited about work is appealing. I am very competitive and this job fulfills this purpose in many ways. They all have to be worked as they all are very important. As rapid advances in technology continue, malicious and Cyber-attacks are still going to be an issue that needs to be a top priority. And, understand you will be challenged to make decisions and be privy to information that most will never have to make or be aware of.
For that, you may need to make compromises. Favorite TV Show: Yellowstone. Yellowstone is prime real estate and it is exciting watching the powerful Dutton family fight to keep their land away from developers, major corporations, and politicians while also watching the day-to-day drama, action play out on the ranch.
I loved traveling the country and interviewing a variety of different people. Additionally, the fact that it was to ensure the safety of our country made it an even more rewarding experience. What drives me to succeed in my role is the constant opportunity to solve tough problems our clients face.
I really love researching, so I am lucky that I am able to use so many different intelligence sources, including the dark web. I love being able to identify threats, patterns, intelligence gaps, and bottlenecks that our team ultimately briefs to our clients. The recent SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline hacks were a wakeup call, reminding us how our adversaries are becoming more sophisticated and can bypass strongly safeguarded targets.
I would advise students not to worry much about their particular major, and think more broadly about the skill sets they can cultivate along the way that can be used to achieve counterintelligence goals.
After interning a second year, I was asked to support an Intelligence Group project that allowed me to not only explore a diverse range of technologies, it encouraged all engineers to innovate and think outside the lines to create solutions. It was my first exposure to the IC, and I have not looked back.
In the world of cyber, no day is the same. Innovation drives constant changes in technology that we see each day and vice versa. Most importantly, it drives changes to more than technology including how we look at our processes and productivity and how we become more agile and efficient. As a cyber engineer, that continuous tech innovation and the awareness that threat actors are always evolving their methods, compels me to think about how to work smarter, faster, stronger. These types of sophisticated threats are about more than ransomware, they upend business and commerce and force organizations large and small across every industry to evaluate and often completely change their infrastructure.
The IC is a diverse, ever expanding, rapidly evolving community in need of smart people with new ideas who are also willing to help. I love watching how players with different backgrounds and experiences came together after such resistance to create something so special and so powerful; the spirit, strength, and camaraderie really resonate with me.
James Chappelear Program Manager, Jacobs.
What is required to get a ph.d. in cybersecurity?
I was commissioned in the Air Force in and served active duty for almost 26 years as an Intelligence Officer, so I got my start in the IC there. Special Operations Command. A career in the IC can be tremendously rewarding, but we need a diverse, inclusive workforce with impeccable character to help defend our nation and our way of life. I was one of the latter.
I was perfectly happy with that career trajectory, but—as someone with a bent for public service—I jumped at the opportunity to the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI as an Intel Analyst. Little did I know what a world of opportunity it would open up! I am constantly humbled and honored to work with extremely smart people who have a shared sense of commitment to service and country. And with the range of problems we are tasked to solve, there is no room for boredom!
I've been able to wear a multitude of hats in furtherance of a dizzying array of problem sets. In a word, it's dynamic. It is not unique to the IC; it affects critical infrastructure partners, the defense industrial base, and the broader government—to include state, local, tribal, and territorial entities. We all have to work together to meet complex and intensifying supply chain integrity challenges.
Even if you are unsure exactly what you are saying yes to. It is a compelling example of the long-standing and incredible contributions that women have made to the IC. Those stories need to be told. The movie was great, but I also must say viewing it was a peak experience because I also participated in INSA's Wednesday Wisdom session with Sarah Megan Thomas, the writer, producer, and starring actress.
She even answered a question from my eight-year-old daughter!