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How to start a career in Cyber Security

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  • Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Cybersecurity is a high-paying field and breaking into cybersecurity is no different than any other career path in information technology. This 40 minute talk will cover various options to help you in starting your cyber security career. We will cover the different career options in cyber security; the minimum technical background and skills required to get you started. Also, I will point you to available resources to teach yourself the basic skills needed to launch a cybersecurity career.  The talk will share real interview tests for a cybersecurity data scientist position. This part of the talk is for senior undergraduate and graduate students interested in cyber security careers.

Dr. Sherif Saad Ahmed has 10+ years of cybersecurity and software development experience.  Currently, Dr. Ahmed is the Chief Software Architect at Plurilock Security Solutions. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 2015. Dr. Ahmed primary research interests are information security, software engineering, and machine learning.

Over the last ten years, Dr. Ahmed has been involved in several research projects to investigate real-world computer security problems. He developed his research methodology by working in academia and industry. Dr. Ahmed was fortunate to have the opportunity to work on real-world problems that directly linked to the industry. The majority of his research works focus on applying machine learning, computational intelligence, and data analysis techniques to design innovative security solutions.

Dr. Ahmed coauthored many information security research papers. He reviewed several information security books and papers and has taught and developed several courses for university students in cybersecurity, software engineering and other computer science topics.

Margaret Garabon
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