Thank you for joining us for this classroom episode of BARR Advisory's cybersecurity and internet safety video series.
My name is Candice Smith and I manage the events and brand experiences at BARR. We created this video series to start the conversation with middle and high school students about all things cybersecurity. In this episode, we will hear takes on the state and future of cybersecurity and technology, including artificial intelligence or AI.
Today, I'm joined by associates from BARR and a few of our friends that work in the cybersecurity and technology space every day. Before we get started though, let's learn a little bit more about the experts in this episode.
Hello, my name is Balaji. I am in Toronto, Canada. I run a company called MedStack, which helps other companies who are building software and healthcare manage data security and privacy.
So, Larry Kinkaid, the way that I got into cybersecurity is a very organic one. I think when I was attending school, there wasn't a lot of cybersecurity, let alone IT, but I've always had an interest in technology and computers. And, that's how I find my way into business school and organically worked my way into cybersecurity from there.
Hi, my name is Keri Barnett-Howell and I am the Director of Talent Development at Mission Cloud.
A startup company that works alongside Amazon Web Services. So, my day to day looks like constantly reviewing what our team is working on to make sure that they are developing in their own careers. Companies have spun up departments like mine that are responsible for keeping everyone learning. I'm reviewing the tech landscape. I'm seeing what's coming out next. I'm seeing what training is available and developing new training for my team so that we can stay on the cutting edge.
Now that we know more about the experts joining us today, let's dive right in. So, at its most basic level, what is cybersecurity?
So, cybersecurity is the topic of keeping data safe. Now, that's data and everything that runs in it so think of all of the technology within the internet like websites and apps and devices and other things we might use, including the hardware that actually transmits the devices the data into our houses, for example. All of that falls into the realm of cybersecurity.
The work to keep that data safe and those technologies safe, is what allows us to trust that we can actually use them. There's lots of different kinds of roles in the world of cybersecurity. There might be people who do the work of building safeguards and securities within certain companies, whether that's things they use internally or things they use for their customers. There might be people who are literally paying to figure out whether another company is doing things safely; so that we know we can trust them. And there's other people that are actually in the space of testing those things to make sure we can maybe find out things that are at risk that we didn't actually think about before. All of this falls into the realm of cybersecurity, which is really driving trust.