My top tip to those interested in transitioning to a career in cybersecurity is – to read, listen to podcasts, participate in conferences, then ask for informational interviews with those practicing in the areas of cybersecurity in which you are most interested. This profession is very welcoming!
The education that set me up for success was – having a combination of both legal and technology degrees. My Juris Doctorate helps me identify the key issues/risks and my Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Leadership helps me identify appropriate solutions and mitigations.
My recommendation to others is – to always keep learning! I went on to achieve two industry certifications, so that I have full appreciation of the “lingo” or terms used in the profession. Having my CISSP (information security) and LPEC (ethics and compliance) certifications affords me increased confidence as well as improved advice for clients as they manage their cyber environments.
What I most want to be remembered for is – for always taking the time to help and mentors others. I get so much more back than what I give- I just love people! I am forever grateful for the cyber community we have built!