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Is a Cybersecurity Career Stressful?

Handling crisis situations with a calm and measured approach and solving pop-up problems is no problem at all for military veterans. We checked in with Michael H. of BlueBridge Networks and Fortify Your Data and asked him: Is a cybersecurity career stressful? 

Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire and this month we're celebrating careers in cyber security. We got together on Zoom recently with Michael from BlueBridge Networks and Fortify Your Data regarding some topics that we thought might be of interest to you.

BlueBridge Networks is a facility-based managed IT service provider offering solutions in cyber security, infrastructure as a service, data center colocation, and cloud computing.

Andrew: So Michael, who are you and what do you do?

Michael:
My name's Michael Hudak and I am a Project Manager for BlueBridge Networks; also I run Fortify Your Data, which is a cybersecurity publication. Mostly podcasts, and then some blogs and two books. On a daily basis I will see through projects either pre-sale or post-sale, cybersecurity implementations, but also data center configurations and implementations. In some situations that will be like an intrusion detection setup; in some situations it will be putting up firewalls, but then others, it will be literally setting out SANS or building out the base infrastructure that comprises the network.

Andrew: What's it like to work in cybersecurity? Can it be stressful?

Michael: It can be (stressful) you know, I think that in my day-to-day life we support about 400 companies, and on any one day a year, somebody's going to have the worst cybersecurity event that year, and so every day we're dealing with at least two tragedies.

You have to constantly keep your expectation levels set at an even keel. A lot of people will be in a state of panic and you have to be able to be like, "look, this is everyday for me" so let's try not to...it's a significant event you know—you're not downplaying it—it is a significant issue, and a lot of people don't recognize that everyone has a major event just about every year, whether it's going to hit data or not—there is at least somebody trying to breach you. And so when there's panic and you're dealing with three different companies with three very different issues panicking and you are quarterbacking them, it can be stressful. But I think that most people that have been in it for longer than a couple years know how to breathe in that stressful environment.

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Cybersecurity Resources for Job Seekers

Considering a career in cybersecurity?  Ex-military skills are in demand in this area, and there are many excellent resources to help military veterans learn more about what's involved. Andrew Novak asked Randy Pargman, Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense, about some of his favorites for cyber security information...


Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

Andrew: So Randy, who are you and what do you do?

Randy: Hey, I'm Randy Pargman and I am the Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense. What that means is I get to work with a couple of awesome teams at Binary Defense.

The counterintelligence team searches for threat indicators outside of companies' networks on the Internet, on the dark web, on criminal forums; looking at what are the threats out there that might affect our clients and then warning them about those threats. We're then prepared, and stop those threats from becoming real problems.

The threat hunting team looks inside of client's networks for advanced attackers that are evading detection. They're sneaking around inside the networks trying not to be detected. The threat hunters are out there to find them and put a stop to those intrusions.

Andrew: What are your favorite resources for those interested in cybersecurity?

Randy: There are some really great resources online that people have put together to help people get introduced to the world of cybersecurity in general and jobs in particular. I want to point out just a few of those.

Darknet Diaries is a really neat podcast that tells stories about all sorts of things from the dark side of the Internet, or, in other words, criminal activities or intelligence gathering activities. It has really interesting interviews with people who've been involved on both sides—attack and defense—and you really get a well-rounded perspective about what's really out there. It's eye-opening, really, if you haven't ever considered the world of computer hacking or it's just sort of mysterious to you, it's really neat to hear first-hand from people who are involved every single day in fighting back these attacks or sometimes the people who have been involved in the attacks themselves. So Darknet Diaries is a great one!

Another really good online resource of a blog that it goes into the latest news and has some really great insight is Krebs on Security.  Brian Krebs was formerly a reporter and then went out on his own with his own blog and he covers all kinds of events that have to do with break-ins and vulnerabilities. He puts it into very easy to understand terms for someone who is not a cyber security professional, but he has enough details that the cybersecurity pros also get a lot out of his blog. So it's great to start out, and it's great to follow along with Krebs on Security.

Jason Blanchard, who works at Black Hills InfoSec, is on Twitter with the username @BanjoCrashland, and he actually has a weekly Twitch stream where he talks about getting jobs and people can actually ask for advice, and he'll give live advice. So it's really interesting to follow him and get some advice on getting into the InfoSec field.

There's another really great resource for people looking to get into the information security field on the TrustedSec blog. There's a two-part series that is written by a former Air Force servicemember about getting into InfoSec from the ground up—really learning the basics, where to go, and how to go about applying for jobs. It also has a lot of other great links to resources that are useful to read and useful to follow along as well.

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Cybersecurity Trends with J. Shaffer, Binary Defense

Andrew Novak discusses current trends in cybersecurity with Jeff Shaffer of Binary Defense...

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

Andrew: So Jeff, who are you and what do you do?

Jeff: I'm Jeff Shaffer and I am the Business Development Executive for Binary Defense.

Andrew: What are some of the latest trends you're seeing in cybersecurity?

Jeff: I would say, just from a broad view of cybersecurity...and this isn't really something that's changed...something that is always changing is the attack landscape. So it's almost like a cat and mouse game when you think about cybersecurity. You know they're trying to stay ahead of those that are trying to defend, and we're trying to stay ahead of those that are trying to attack. So it's a constant game of trying to stay ahead of whatever that is out there.

The cybercriminal world is an industry in itself, and they have full companies and organizations that are out there doing this and to be able to stay ahead of that is important, and we need individuals that are intelligent, that are driven, that are really looking to make a difference—to be part of this community, and the military is a great place to gather some of those individuals!

When you look at Binary Defense, just our company in general, there are quite a bit of individuals that were in the military like  Jarrod and myself. They have that background, and it's important because there is a definite mindset the military...you know, a career in the military or history in the military brings with it, and it's very valuable to an organization.

I think that the thing we're seeing the most is just those changes that are occurring and us staying ahead of those attacks because they are happening. I mean, you look at COVID-19 and what we've been going through—this was an opportunity for criminals!

They looked at it as an opportunity to try to take advantage of organizations because they were remote! So those were attacks, and we've seen in the news about Zoom and utilizing that as an approach for cybercriminals. So, there are all kinds of things out there that the cybercriminal community is constantly looking to take advantage of, and we're obviously looking to defend.

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Cybersecurity Careers Pros & Cons

Military Hire's Andrew Novak interviews Randy Pargman, Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense, about the pros and cons of cybersecurity jobs...

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

Andrew: So Randy, who are you and what do you do?

Randy: Hey, I'm Randy Pargman and I am the Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense. What that means is I get to work with a couple of awesome teams at Binary Defense.

The counterintelligence team searches for threat indicators outside of companies' networks on the Internet, on the dark web, on criminal forums; looking at what are the threats out there that might affect our clients and then warning them about those threats. We're then prepared, and stop those threats from becoming real problems.

The threat hunting team looks inside of client's networks for advanced attackers that are evading detection. They're sneaking around inside the networks trying not to be detected. The threat hunters are out there to find them and put a stop to those intrusions.

Andrew: What are the positive things about working in cybersecurity?

Randy: Some of the positive aspects of working in cybersecurity include having a real sense of doing something good in the world. At Binary Defense, all the people that I know, all of my coworkers have that drive and that passion to do what they're doing because they know that they are defending companies and people, really—ultimately the people who work at those companies—from harm.

There are people out there around the world who are trying every single day to break in and do damage. They have selfish motives to steal information or to ransom the companies that they are victimizing in order to make money for themselves or to gain information that could give their companies or their governments a competitive advantage. But those people need to be stopped. Their activities are not OK, and being in the cybersecurity field gives you that really good feeling of being on the defense of stopping people from doing harm and protecting the people who otherwise would have been victimized by these attacks.  

Andrew: What are the negative things about working in cybersecurity?

Randy:
One the downsides to working in the cybersecurity field is that it's easy to get burned out, because what you're doing is important and you have that feeling that it is really necessary to do a good job, and it also has a real time sensitivity to it. You can't recognize an attack starting at four PM on a Friday and say, "well, I'm ready to start my weekend, so I guess I'm done now. We'll let that attack go and I'll pick it up again on Monday." No! Really, when an attacker is going after a company, no matter what time of day it is, or what day it is of the week, you need to respond! And so, quite often, you end up working some long hours or some unusual times that you didn't intend to that can interfere with family responsibilities and it's also easy to just personally get sucked into it because it is so important. And, it's so interesting too! I mean, you're learning new things all the time ...and so it's easy just to continue working and working and working until you just don't have time for anything else in your life.

That's why it's really important to have a good support system, to have people around you who understand what you're doing and can give you some flexibility to do that work when you need to—but also to work for a place that understands that after you've worked really hard fighting back an attack, you need some time off too, you need to have some balance in your life.

So, to combat that negative aspect of cybersecurity, it's important to find a good company to work for and to have that balance in your own life too.

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Why is a Career in Cybersecurity Fulfilling?

We're highlighting Cyber Security careers during the month of May, and Andrew Novak of Military Hire interviewed Jarrod Suffecool of Binary Defense to learn more about why Jarrod got into a career in Cybersecurity: 

Video Transcript

Andrew:
Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

So Jarrod, who are you and what do you do?

Jarrod: I'm Jarrod Suffecool and I am the intelligence operations lead for Binary Defense.

So for me, I definitely had a bit of a rough transition from military life to civilian life, and I know I'm definitely not alone in that boat. I know a lot of guys that kind of struggled with that change to being a civilian, and I think one of the biggest issues was just kind of that lack of purpose.

You can really see just how wide the effects of work in cybersecurity end up being, because you know the work you do to protect one specific business or one specific customer has a lot broader impacts, because as you start recognizing those different threats, those different attack types, different attackers; those sorts of things, it doesn't just end up protecting one organization. It can end up protecting an entire industry, an entire country, an entire state! I think that kind of gave a really good sense of purpose that I was missing after I left the military.

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Military Hire and AMVETS Announce a Partnership Supporting Women Veterans and STEM Opportunities

Military Hire and AMVETS announce a partnership of their organizations in multiple efforts to support veteran transitions to civilian life.  The first major initiative between the organizations is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program intended to train female veterans in the area of cybersecurity, a major focus of Military Hire and its recent partnership with CompTIA.

Military Hire and AMVETS Partnership

As part of this agreement, Military Hire will provide awareness to promote the mission and message of AMVETS while connecting AMVETS to its job placement candidate and recruiter pools.  In turn, AMVETS will provide job counseling and placement services as needed to Military Hire candidates choosing those services from the Military Hire site.

“Offering STEM opportunities to Women Veterans provides hope and inspiration to the brave women who have sacrificed and served our country courageously.  They deserve every opportunity that will catapult their careers and help secure their futures”, says Cherissa Jackson, retired Air Force nurse and Chief Medical Executive of AMVETS and creator of the Women Veteran’s STEM Pilot.

The AMVETS Women Veterans’ STEM Pilot Project is open to women veterans and will launch shortly. 

“The STEM program fits three major focus areas of Military Hire - female veterans,  cybersecurity training and job placement,” said Military Hire COO Robert Riegle.  “As a veteran, I understand the value of AMVETS and the full breadth of services they offer veterans.  Military Hire’s mission is around the veteran’s full life transition from military service to commercial life so this partnership was a fit and a true honor for us to engage.”

As part of the agreement, AMVETS job placement and counseling experts will be accessible to veterans on Military Hire to aid veterans in job search skills and placement assistance.  AMVETS also provides expertise in healthcare issues affecting veterans.   AMVETS’ award winning HEAL Program, managed by Cherissa Jackson, will help Veterans with healthcare, evaluation, advocacy and legislative concerns.  This holistic approach ensures that all the needs of the Veteran are assessed and all resources are available.

American Veterans (“AMVETS”) is a veteran service organization, with 250,000 members, representing the interests of 20 million veterans and their families. AMVETS provides services, leadership, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. These services include assistance with healthcare services to ensure veterans with medical needs receive access to quality healthcare care, including mental health and specialized services to live longer, healthier lives, employment assistance, and legislative advocacy to support veterans’ needs.

Military Hire is a veteran job and services organization which has the primary goal of assisting veteran transitions from military to civilian life through job placement and awareness of other services available.  Military Hire has over 600,000 veteran members and over 25,000 companies which it serves in this initiative.

Military Hire and CompTIA Enter into Partnership Agreement

Military Hire and CompTIA Enter into Partnership Agreement to Streamline Certification and Credentials Management

April 22, 2020

Akron, Ohio – Military Hire, a SaaS Factory company, announced today that is has signed a training and certification partnership agreement with CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications and training for information technology (IT) professionals and individuals interested in joining the IT workforce.

Military Hire and CompTIA Enter into Partnership Agreement

The organizations are looking at various projects including integration of certification records for the benefit of a more streamlined and validated credentials management process within the DoD. The companies are also exploring opportunities to up-skill veteran workforce candidates.

Robert Riegle, COO of Military Hire, stated: "We see a great deal of synergy between Military Hire and CompTIA. This partnership provides extensive training, certifications, and credentials management advantages for commercial and government markets; particularly as it relates to the growing need for credentialed information security and IT technology professionals. We are excited to team with CompTIA to support the ongoing education and credentials for this highly skilled workforce.”

“Professional certifications and validated credentials continue to grow in importance and value for IT professionals in the public and private sectors and the organizations that employ them,” said John McGlinchey, executive vice president for global certification at CompTIA.

“As a veteran, finding the right job can be challenging. Working with Military Hire we can help connect them with hundreds of veteran friendly companies,” McGlinchey added. Together with Military Hire we intend to ease that burden with a system that’s easy to manage and use and comprehensive enough to meet any organization or veteran’s needs.”

About Military Hire

Military Hire has created a network where former military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills. Our mission is to "Serve Those Who Served" by connecting veterans of America's armed forces with employers who value their experience and skills. The Military Hire platform has the resources needed to successfully make a veteran’s initial transition to civilian life and to make any future career change after transition. 

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.


Military Hire and TECHEXPO Top Secret Enter into Partnership Agreement

Military Hire, a holding of The SaaS Factory, signed a partnership agreement with TECHEXPO Top Secret. TECHEXPO is the Nation’s premier producer of professional job fairs, primarily for those with an active Security-Clearance and Cyber Security industry experience.

TechExpoUSA.com is a leading online career center where defense contractors, technology companies, consulting firms, and numerous agencies of the US Government can recruit and hire experienced professionals along with Transitioning Military and Veterans. 

Military Hire and TECHEXPO Top Secret Enter into Partnership Agreement


The team at TECHEXPO also produces the Cyber Security Summit / CyberSummitUSA.com, ranked “Top 50” globally as a must attend security conference. 

Under this exclusive partnership, TECHEXPO events will include promotion of Military Hire and its services. Speaking events on key topics facing veteran communities will cooperatively be hosted by both companies prior to TECHEXPO events. 

As a partner with TECHEXPO, Military Hire will inform its veteran membership of upcoming TECHEXPO hiring events and open House events.  The companies will also coordinate recruiting services to maximize the opportunities for veterans and companies to connect.

Both parties have agreed to form a mutually exclusive partnership. TECHEXPO will be the sole job fair / tradeshow partner of Military Hire. This new collaboration will be featured in nearly 20 shows in the US in 2020.

Mike Fischer, CEO of MilitaryHire, stated: "The missions of Military Hire and TECHEXPO are very complementary. This partnership provides multiple points of connection between U.S veterans entering the workforce through both Military Hire’s online presence as well as TECHEXPO's in person hiring event presence. We are excited to team with TECHEXPO to further our efforts in serving candidate job search objectives.”

Bradford Rand, Founder & CEO of TECHEXPO Top Secret and the Cyber Security Summit stated: “We have been partnering with Military Hire for nearly 20 years, since the events of 9/11 and have always had a mutually beneficial relationship.  I am extremely pleased that we have now signed a formal agreement that will surely benefit thousands of security-cleared professionals, especially those transitioning out of our armed services by way of helping them secure their next job at our hiring events throughout the country.” 

About Military Hire

Military Hire has created a network where former military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills. Our mission is to "Serve Those Who Served" by connecting veterans of America's armed forces with employers who value their experience and skills. The Military Hire platform has the resources needed to successfully make a veteran’s initial transition to civilian life and to make any future career change after transition.  

About TECHEXPO Top Secret 

For over 25 years, TECHEXPO has produced hiring events for a multitude of industries with a major focus on Technology, Engineering, Cyber Security, Aerospace, Telecommunications, and Intelligence. With over 1,600 events produced, the nation’s most prestigious companies have exhibited at TECHEXPO to recruit leading talent in the industry and have provided hundreds of thousands of professionals new opportunities to advance their careers. TECHEXPO also continues to be the leader in producing private Open House recruitment events for such companies as IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, Verizon, Boeing, ManTech, KeyW, AT&T, L-3, General Dynamics, SEI / Carnegie Mellon, Unisys, and  HP. TECHEXPO also produces CyberSummitUSA.com, ranked Top 50 infosec security conferences globally.