Despite coming into the field for the earning potential, it becomes obvious that once we start on the path to attaining our Degrees, we quickly come to realize there is much more to it than that. Learning the OSI Model, IPv4, IPv6, Subnetting, TCP/IP protocols, different kinds of Malware, Viruses and DDoS attacks are just a few of the things we have to master! However, going through all of that work and attaining an Associate and then a Bachelor’s will only help to open the door to a new career for students willing to do the work.
Then there are Certifications! The A+ (901/902), Network+, and Security+ are but the stepping stones into a much larger world. Network+, Security+, Security Certification Path (SSCP) & Security Certification Path (CISSP) & the latest CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) is the best road to take for Certifications to becoming a Computer Security Specialist. Fortunately, Coleman covers the cost of the A+, Net+ & Sec+ Certifications. Otherwise, we would be spending hundreds of dollars just to take the tests!
Beyond those two things are extracurricular activities that many companies look for in their employees. What are those you ask? Great question! Just two weeks ago, I couldn’t give you an answer! Now I can! Did you know that Coleman University has an Electric Vehicle Club? How about a 3D Printing Club? How about a Cyber Security Club or a university blog? Believe it or not, they exist! Why should you care? Another great question! Here is why you must care, these things are volunteer and networking opportunities just waiting to happen! Professionals from the fields of electrical engineering, software development & numerous others are lined up to pass down their knowledge and potentially offer amazing jobs to those of us who are willing to put in a few extra hours a week to work together and build something truly special! The more you are willing to get involved and work towards bettering yourself in the field of Cybersecurity the more benefits you will reap when it’s time to graduate.
We, the students of Coleman University have a voice! We can do more here than simply come to class, write papers, read books and take tests. We can USE the numerous skills we are learning to create opportunities! We just need to use our voice to let the school know we are willing and able to do so.
In order to help my fellow students navigate these requirements and resources, I am starting the Cyber Security Club at Coleman. The aim of this club is to bring us together to network with each other, study for classes or certifications, disseminate activity information and to help get us involved with group projects. If you are interested, please email me. If for some reason you can’t make it to the club meetings, I am the Cybersecurity tutor at Coleman and you can come to the Tutoring Center (located in the Library) at any time Monday through Thursday for help. I am here to help in any way that I can!