In the last few years, San Diego has become a hotbed for cybersecurity. Since 2016, the number of open cyber positions has grown three times faster than the city’s overall job growth (source: sandiegobusiness.org). Although there are many open positions, filling them has been a challenge. Experts in the community agree that this shortage of talent poses a critical threat for almost everyone, from the private sector to the military.
Getting the necessary cybersecurity skills is more doable than many people imagine. For example, USD recently launched a part-time cybersecurity bootcamp, which brings adults from beginners to cyber professionals in 26 weeks.
Recently, the cybersecurity program, whose partner organization is the tech bootcamp Fullstack Academy, hosted a Breaking Into Cybersecurity event. The event was led by Fullstack Founder and CEO Nimit Maru and featured two prominent members of the San Diego cybersecurity community: Jara Tripiano, Senior Scientific Technical Manager and Division Head for Cybersecurity Engineering at NAVWAR, and Paul Williams, Chief Security Officer at Teradata.
Speaking to a packed house at the KIPJ Theatre, Jara spoke from a military perspective about the importance of a cybersecurity strategy for our national defense. “Information warfare is now its own domain because of the impact that the information domain can have. So cyber is a key warfare area that we’re focused on.”
The opportunity to work with an organization like NAVWAR is huge. “We employ approximately 11,000 military and civilian personnel on both the East and West Coast.”
Paul had similar things to say about opportunities in the field. “We’re arguably a million people short in our field across the globe, and that number is just increasing. I need people who can come in and take advantage of analytics and automation to learn a lesson once and then code that into our security orchestration systems so that we don’t ever have to do that again,” he said.
Paul stressed the importance of working proactively to make the black hat hackers work harder. This push and pull will allow a cyber security professional to build their skills. “And,” he said, “the work is fun.”
The great news, according to Nimit, is how quickly one can get up to speed and get hired. The USD–Fullstack bootcamp is designed to use the 26 weeks of part-time study to teach the most applicable skills necessary for starting a career. “If you actually learn the skills, people will want to hire you,” he said.