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 discuss how to be good citizens online, the dangers of cyber bullying, as well as how to recognize and report scams.
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.
Hey, I'm Alex Nette, CEO and Co-Founder of Hive Systems.
I've been in the cybersecurity industry now for over 11 years. I started out as a beginning introduction cybersecurity analyst, looking at a lot of policies and controls. Worked my way through the technical space for a number of years, including everything from working within a security operations center and network monitoring eventually, onto penetration testing and then on up into where I am today, which focuses on cybersecurity organizations and strategies for large organizations about how to reduce the threats from online hackers and scammers.
I am Steve Ryan. I am a manager at BARR Advisory and I lead up our healthcare and HITRUST group. So, really how I got into where I am today. There's a lot of things falling into place so, I went to college thinking I was gonna be an accountant and found this cool IT audit major and then fell in love with healthcare as I started to learn more about the industry and realizing that, hey, you know, in the healthcare cybersecurity space, it's not protecting people's money, it's protecting actual people's lives. So, I fell in love with it and it became my passion quickly.
My name is Jessica Walters, and I am a Senior Security and IT Program Manager with Tessian.
Which is a security product company that helps businesses secure their email platform and make sure that emails aren't incorrectly sent out.
I was a teacher prior to the pandemic and when it rolled around, I put myself through school for cybersecurity and got my degree from an online program. And then I joined the company about a month later, after I graduated. I've always had a healthy interest in technology and it's impact and surroundings of humans and how we are continuing to evolve and interact with it. Cybersecurity seemed like the natural progression of where humans and technology are going to clash the most.
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. That's how I find my way into business school and organically, worked my way into cybersecurity from there.