De­gree of cu­rios­ity the most im­por­tant tool

Western Times - - LIFE -

THREAT hunter Jen­nifer Ay­ers has no for­mal train­ing in cy­ber se­cu­rity but gained her ex­pe­ri­ence in a “trial by fire”.

The Over­watch vice-pres­i­dent and CrowdStrike se­cu­rity re­sponse, who holds a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness, says her team is from var­i­ous back­grounds.

“I don’t think there is a sin­gle per­son in my or­gan­i­sa­tion with a se­cu­rity de­gree,” she said.

“One grad­u­ated col­lege with a med­i­cal de­gree but took a com­puter se­cu­rity class. We have peo­ple with mu­sic, med­i­cal, com­puter sci­ence and math­e­mat­ics and physics de­grees.

“This in­dus­try is far more about per­son­al­ity. While it helps to have a com­puter sci­ence de­gree, it’s cu­rios­ity that finds an­swers.”

Ay­ers says threat hun­ters must be self-suf­fi­cient and love to learn as the work re­quires per­sonal ini­tia­tive.

“A lot of the work is ask­ing ques­tions and ex­plor­ing,” she says.

“Com­pa­nies are look­ing for tal­ent both new and ex­pe­ri­enced. Don’t be afraid to ap­ply for the role.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PER­SONAL INI­TIA­TIVE: Jen­nifer Ay­ers, vice-pres­i­dent of Over­watch and se­cu­rity re­sponse at CrowdStrike.

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