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Leaning on Our Cybersecurity Network

What got you into Cybersecurity?

It’s a question that you get a lot if you are interviewing or even meeting a new colleague. While the answers vary, they often have a common theme. I often hear, “ I want to make a difference where there is a great need.” “Cybersecurity is constantly evolving with lots of new stuff to learn.” “I love the challenge and it’s great to know I’ll never get bored of my job.”

I have to admit this is how I feel about Cybersecurity too. It is what makes cybersecurity such an exciting and rewarding field.

Staying Proactive in Cybersecurity

Staying current in cybersecurity means that we read articles from top cybersecurity blogs every chance we get. While there are too many to name, we all know we’ve benefited from the wonderful resources out there. In my opinion, the best articles are updates on developing cybercrime stories.

Gaining insight on the “what, where, why, and how” can be the most captivating part of the story. If you’re like me, you start to wonder, “What could have been done to prevent this from happening?” As with anything, hindsight is 2020.

However it begs the question, how do we reach more folks to share knowledge on implementation of safeguards and what can we do to enhance the overall knowledge sharing in Cybersecurity. With the amount of brilliant minds in all areas of Cybersecurity, we bring so much to the table.

We are seeing more cybersecurity awareness initiatives started everyday.

It is inspiring to be able to partner with other cybersecurity professionals who have a passion to share crucial information to protect our global IT infrastructure and secure the information that traverses it.

Afterall, threat actors are sophisticated and remain well connected through hacker forums on the dark web. They are extremely organized in how they disseminate information on fraud, social engineering, exploitation of vulnerabilities, and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) just to name a few. Cybercriminals have a fine-tuned support system, they stay in constant communication on cybercrime forums and depend heavily on a “strength in numbers” philosophy. As defenders, we could take more hints from the way cybercriminals operate.

Cybersecurity non-profit projects provide an outlet for knowledge sharing. It is imperative that we utilize these resources and continuously add valuable content to improve our defense in this cyberwar against our data privacy and critical infrastructure.

Here is a list of a few proactive cybersecurity projects looking for contributors:

By contributing to cybersecurity awareness initiatives, we can support other professionals, expand the knowledge base on a myriad of cyber issues, strengthen our defense to help stay ahead of new and evolving threats.

Undoubtedly, the more collaboration and teamwork cyber professionals cultivate, the greater our impact will be in securing our data and protecting our world from cybercrime.

About the Author: Sarah Bartsch is a Cybersecurity Apprentice at Evolve Security Academy, who is passionate about learning and contributing to the Cybersecurity field.

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