I am an Information Security Analyst, and I hold the following certifications: CISSP, CCSP, CISA, CRISC, and Sec+. I started my Information Security career in 2014 by accident after deciding not to pursue graduate school in Psychology because I was daunted by six more years of school. I was hired as a temporary employee at a SaaS software company. My first project was to get the product area ready for a SSAE-18 SOC 1 audit. Little did I know that learning control frameworks, interviewing stakeholders, and implementing controls, would be great fundamental training for a career in Information Security. After the SOC 1 was complete, they needed a SOC 2, which required implementing security awareness, vendor management, and improving the incident response process. My knowledge of audit controls enabled me to play a bigger role at the company and pivot into an analyst position on the Information Security team.
I enjoy the coordination aspect of Information Security, such as bringing people together to identify risks, address the gaps, and improve processes to make the organization more secure. I laugh a little at the idea that I was put off by six more years of school but got into a career where you have to continually learn to stay on top of the new threats, vulnerabilities, and technology. Yet I enjoy continual learning so I know I’m in the right place. In my free time, I am a husband, father, chef, and fencer.
I have used Cybrary to study for virtually every certification I have. Cybrary’s courses enabled me to gain 80% of the knowledge with 20% of the effort and 5% of the cost of common study resources. The knowledge I gained through certifications and courses enabled me to have a greater impact at work and derive more satisfaction from my job.
Having gained so much from Cybrary’s resources personally and professionally, I leapt at the opportunity to become a Cybrary instructor. I was excited to help fellow cybersecurity progressionals expand their skills and knowledge by creating a course on the platform.
I have a bachelors in Philosophy from Princeton University, as well as an MBA and MS in Business Analytics from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Fun fact: In 2006, I won the 16 and under World Championship in Men’s epee fencing. I became the first American man to win an individual world championship in fencing in any age category.