Learn How To Become A Cybersecurity Engineer

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Learn The Career Path They Took Within The Cybersecurity Industry

Who Better To Ask Than Those Working In Cybersecurity How They Started Their Career?

In this section we interview (and continue to do so) Cybersecurity Professionals to ask how they got started in the Industry.

Miguel de la Torre Sanchez

Miguel de la Torre Sanchez

Biography

More than 10 years of experience in security environments. Currently working as a Security Engineer specialized on installing/ configuring devices from several vendors and developing and managing security projects. In depth knowledge with FWs Cisco, Checkpoint, Palo Alto, Juniper, IDS/ IPS McAfee products, Tipping Point, SourceFire, WAF F5, Imperva, FireEye etc. Experienced working with SIEM and monitoring logs with several tools.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

It is impossible to know how will be a normal day, the only thing that you need is motivation and love and dedication for your work.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

I worked as an operator and analyst before become a Security Engineer.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Passion and motivation is the most important but you need time. The knowledge is easy to find.


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Shobhit Pandey

Shobhit Pandey

Biography

Shobhit is a Security Engineer at Paladion Networks. He’s proactive and much eagerness to learn and market the trend and technologies and willing to work on any challenging platform and make the most of it.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

I handle Log analysis for APAC region for my banking client, I deal with all types of events related to Database, Proxy, IPS, SWIFT Application, Firewall, CyberArk, VPN and many more. I do detail packet analysis and make RCA for that. I monitor real time alerts for all rules triggered. I have worked over SIEM like Qradar and ArcSight.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

I worked as a Security Analyst and then as an Engineer and has been doing Analysis since as interested. I can do what interests and I see my self as Consultant in this expertise.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Know Networks!! and then you will flow over Security!


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Divya Joshi

Divya Joshi

Biography

Currently I’m doing internship at Sequretek IT Solution Mumbai working on client side vapt project web and mobile app security testing.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

As a security engineer I’m interested in network security and compliance. As an intern I worked in a SOC for 4 months and now I’m working on a Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, (VAPT) project.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

I started in a SOC, then VAPT, Compliance and after that security engineer or associate consultancy role.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

If anyone wants to start their career in the cyber security domain they must realize that it is a very larg.subject and you cannot be an expert in each domain but you can aquire necessary knowledge and learn specific expertise.


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Jorge Blanco

Jorge Blanco

Biography

IT Security Consultant/ Auditor specialized on Ethical Hacking, Regulatory & Compliance (PCI-DSS, ISO27001, ENS, and LOPD), and IT service management (ITSM). Demonstrated experience and knowledge on scripting development (Python). Owner and developer of ‘WebPTS’ (Web Penetration Testing Suite) tool for OSINT analysis (a mapping and graphical drawing surface attack tool), and author of the spanish CC licensed book: ‘ITILv3 Guia completa en Espanol, 2015’ about ITSM foundations.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

Yes, I mainly work in defensive security (Blue Team; as far I work for a company and not for a consultancy) and OSINT: information gathering.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

I began working during 6 month as a VBA programmer while I was finishing my Computer Science Degree. Next, I worked 3 months as a ‘guy for everything’ in another company (also without having finished my studies). More late, I work as a Junior during 1 year in BIG FOUR company (audit and consultancy), and developed my first security related projects. The next year, I begin ‘officially’ my security career as a pentester in a startup security company, and since then, all later jobs have been related with security.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Self-learning in free time and perseverance. If you dont love security and computers, dont enter on this market, you will get bored very soon (some attacks and tasks are very technical and complex).


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Varun Chowdary

Varun Chowdary

Biography

Varun is a Security Engineer at HackerOne.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

No I can’t shout out that I’m a niche but simply say yes. My role was to protect, analyze every computer network and defend against the security bugs. Implementing every possible security measure to protect computer networks. You need to think try to act as a cracker, think alike.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

There is no certain route to go on a drive in this field.

  1. You have to read every blog of a security professional.
  2. Read disclosed reports.
  3. Try to refer to as many websites as you can, but dont stress yourself!
  4. Use vulnerable applications for practice, which are available for free in the virtual market.
  5. Refer to owasp.org its a diamond mine.
  6. And start finding real world vulnerabilities in applications and networks.
  7. Never discourage yourself.
  8. You can and you will.
  9. When something gives you lemons, make lemonade out of it.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Think broadly about your skills, network like mad, ask everyone what they need or desire and apply yourself to the most important demands you feel passionate about. Don’t get hung up on any job, everything is worth a try, everything teaches you something. Offer your services to everyone. Summarize your experiences constantly and remember that people only give work to the really busy people.


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Roberto Pérez Raba

Roberto Pérez Raba

Biography

Roberto is a Security Engineer at Deloitte.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

I’m currently working in the security operations center of Deloitte. I started 5 months ago so I’m still a junior security engineer who works in a 24/7 service. Me and my team monitor the traffic of our clients in order to avoid every possible threat in their networks (…and believe me…so many alerts and suspicious activities all around the day, it is not a quiet job..). I think that the best thing of my current position is all the security tools that we can use, Qradar, Arcsight, FireEye, Sourcefire, Imperva secure sphere, Splunk…You can learn security at home with just a pc, but to use this type of staff is another level.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

I studied Telecommunications Engineering. During my degree we just had five or six security related subjects but it was more than enough to realise that I wanted to build up a professional career in that field. I started to study cybersecurity staff by myself, it became in a real hobby for me. When I finished my degree I started a master degree and at the same time I got a job in Ingram Micro in order to pay my master. I was really happy at Ingram, I was working in the cloud computing field, which is so interesting and a real good field to develop a degree but my passion was the security. When I finished my master I packed my bags, with feelings of sadness I left Ingram Micro and I moved to Madrid. In a big city the pie is bigger so there are more chances for you also because all big companies probably had headquarters. I got a interview with Deloitte, I overcame the selection process and that’s all, that is my current situation. I’m learning everyday at my job, getting new formation by myself and by means of Deloitte that offers formation for their workers. When I though that this job does not offer me anything to growth that will be the moment to look for a new professional change.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

My advise is to learn something new everyday, that’s my philosophy. All the passionates of cybersecurity are lucky because security is not a job fur us, it’s a real hobby and we just need a pc to train our skills and learn something new. Fortunately we also have so many information sources like blogs, academies, tutorials, “free” tools…. So look for your first cybersecurity job, make of security your hobby and keep forming you and that’s all, be patient and your cybersecurity career will build itself.


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Suranjit Paul

Suranjit Paul

Biography

As a competent cyber security professional, currently assisting wide range of customers with SIEM deployment to properly monitor their infrastructure by integrating threat intelligence along with other proactive alarms/alerts. In addition to that, I am also assisting diverse clients with Fortinet UTM appliance deployment and support for various models of FortiGates, FortiAnalyzer, FortiManager, FortiMail and FortiAPs.

Graduated from Carleton University in 2011 and achieved Masters of Computer Science (MCS) degree. My research/project work was focused on analysis and performance evaluation of multi-hop wireless network protocols (MANET). I have also published a journal paper, “Forwarding vs. Network Coding: Efficient Broadcasting in Multi-hop Wireless Networks”.

Currently advancing myself by self studies and acquiring professional experiences to become an expert information/cyber security specialist.

Can You Tell Us A Little About Your Role And What Is Required When Working As A Cybersecurity Engineer, I.e. A Typical Day Or Project?

Working as a SIEM consultant for wide range of customers to assist them consolidating logs from multiple sources and correlate them to generate effective alerting for security related events.

Can You Tell Us About Your Career Path To Becoming A Cybersecurity Engineer? What Roles Did You Work In Before And Have You Always Worked In Cybersecurity?

I have started my career in Security by working as a support engineer for Fortinet firewall appliances. I learned a lot during my years at Fortinet and got interested in information security/cyber security. Later I have ventured into SIEM domain to further extend my knowledge in security.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Keen interest to learn about ongoing security related events/issues/breaches/new technologies. Initially taking cyber security related courses which are freely available (for example, cybrary.it) and find the area you enjoy the most. And finally, start working in a place where it will be related and at the same time you can expand your knowledge in future.


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