I’ve had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of professional roles. I’m 61 years old and have been practicing martial arts for the past 40 years. In addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Eastern United States International Martial Arts Association for a lifetime service of over 30 years, I still teach martial arts twice a week. I also worked as a DJ for a short period of time.
Having worked for over 20 years for Xerox Corporation in different technical and training positions, I found myself wanting to update my understanding of the emerging Public cloud landscape. I chose Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program (PGP) in Cyber Security because of its comprehensive curriculum, and its coursework offering from the prestigious MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. Also, as a working professional during the pandemic, I looked specifically for the option to complete classes virtually.
After the course, I successfully passed my Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) exams on the first attempt.
Success Starts with a Decision
I believe in living a fulfilling life, and I’ve never shied away from learning new things. The path to my current career in cyber security is a result of key decisions to continuously update my skills based on my interests. My time working as a DJ led to an interest in electronic stereo systems and how they function. From there, I became interested in the IT sector and I eventually shifted to the software industry.
As I transitioned from a 20-year corporate career at Xerox, I began a journey to update my understanding of the emerging Public cloud landscape, specifically the tools and techniques used to implement and manage applications and solutions in that space. On the way, I naturally developed an understanding of the security needs and decided to focus my studies to understand more about the cyber security aspect of the cloud landscape.
I also realized that to perform better in the cyber security domain, I needed to clear the CISSP® and the (ISC)²® CCSP certifications. So, in 2020, I chose to upskill myself by enrolling in Simplilearn’s program with modules from MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing.