Aspiring & New InfoSec Pros | Info You Need to Know

Nov 05, 2019

A network of information security professionals that exists to engage, support and inspire one another, Ashling Team knows what fuels a community is people. Bound by a common interest, inspiration, or cause, communities are built from shared strength and can, therefore, influence great change. 

Members of the Ashling Team Cybersecurity Community serve as mentors, collaborators and champions for one another-- supporting individual professional goals along with the shared goal of creating a more secure internet. Together, Ashling's members cultivate professional lives and relationships that also, ultimately, help protect our nation and our world against cyber threats. 

That said, Ashling's community members are always at-the-ready to offer the depth and breadth of their expertise and experiences to fellow infosec pros and those aspiring to enter the field, particularly students. As we know, there's power in community and the greater the membership-- the greater the influence. And strengthening our personal, business and the world's security requires more cybersecurity professionals than there are currently to get the job done.

So now that it's mid-fall and college students are lining-up internships and recent grads are settling-in to new jobs, we asked a few Ashling Team community members what suggestion(s) they'd share with these budding infosec professionals:

► "Be curious. Never stop learning. Find a way to learn something new whenever you can, and as often as you can." 

Martin Gephart, Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture for Medicare & Retirement, Insurance Solutions, United Healthcare

► "Engage with passion, empathy, and emotional intelligence. Learn as much as you can, across all of the facets of security. Focus on understanding the 'business' you are in and how we understand digital security in the context of risk to the business."

Mark Silver, Executive Coach and Security, Risk & Technology Consultant

► "Look for an internship. If following a specific prospective employer, reach out to its HR department to ask for an internship opportunity if a paid position is not available. Obtain industry standard certifications, such as CompTIA, EC-Council, and ISC2. And don't get discouraged with experience requirements. Passing an exam is step one. Experience can be collected once an employer hires you."

Michelle Taggart*, Principal Security Engineer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

*The comments and views expressed by Michelle Taggart are her own and and do not constitute an endorsement or view of the Federal Reserve.

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