From Easy Target to Protector
Date of Publish: 5 December 2019
Nobody is born to be a cybersecurity professional. I can attest to that because it was far from love at first sight for me, and more like a battle of wills. But that is history. Today, I look forward to diving deeper and learning more about malware analysis and hardware hacking.
MY FIRST BRUSH WITH CYBERSECURITY
PS:All I remember was seeing the blue screen of death no matter how many times I rebooted the computer. From then on, I trod around anything tech with care, until I read about how Joe Fitzpatrick hacked hardware like Nikon camera accessories. It sparked my interest and continues to develop and grow till this day.
MY GOAL TO PURSUE CYBERSECURITY AS A CAREER
PS: When I found myself going through different ransomware samples and analysing their impact on virtual machines; despite not being able to read a single line of code during my free time in secondary school, I knew pursuing cybersecurity as a career is what I want to do eventually.
MY EXCITEMENT IN MEETING LIKE-MINDED ENTHUSIASTS
PS: I am always curious about people who are as passionate as I am about cybersecurity, and I cannot wait to hear their take on the industry. I never fail to learn something new from their experiences and our exchanges; so it is really exciting.
I did not use to know anyone until I started attending conferences and meetup groups (especially Division Zero). That is how I meet professionals who give great advice, boost my confidence and provide certainty to my career direction. Most of us in the cybersecurity community are friendly, so come up, say hi, and ask questions. Everyone starts out that way.
ONE REALISATION ABOUT CYBERSECURITY
PS: If you are really interested to do well in cybersecurity, you need to keep trying even if you have failed multiple times. It is not unusual for me to find myself stuck in challenging situations where the task seems unsurmountable and I feel I lack the skills to resolve. Sometimes, I also end up failing to complete tasks, but each time, I always learn something; skills that I would have missed out on if I did not try. So, do not give up. Also, do not be afraid to approach others!