David Ziemba is a Senior Network Engineer at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, CO. Read on to learn more about David, his thoughts on the biggest security challenges facing his industry, and his decision to become a member of the Fuel Community Development Council.
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How long have you been working in cybersecurity / technology? What drew you to this industry?
I have close to 20 years in the technology industry, and have always been involved in security. Lately, the security side is ever growing with new challenges every day, and new enterprise applications are arriving every day. I’ve always been interested in the industry, but didn’t realize I could be a player until later.
What is one challenge you faced in your career and how did you handle it?
IT Security wasn’t my primary track in my formal education, and that’s always the catch; how am I considered for a career if I don’t have the formal education? In that case, it’s about taking everything to a lab and learning a variety of IT security topics. I also started to take part in professional organizations, user group meetings, and simply asking to shadow the professionals I wanted to work with.
How has Fuel membership benefited you?
I didn’t realize the full potential until I attended several meet-ups at Ignite 2016. I also met with a group of Fuel volunteers, and met the local Fuel chapter professionals. The conversations are very targeted, spark ideas, and offer a wealth of approaches to problems and projects we have every day. Everyone has a common interest and really enjoys what they do.
How has the cybersecurity industry evolved since you began your career? How do you foresee it changing in the next 5-10 years?
I didn't enter the industry as early as others to IT Security. When I started, malicious code was propagated on floppy disks. Even in my limited amount of time, I’ve seen that threat evolve in delivery, frequency and time in attacks, and level of damage. I see threat analysis and information sharing very important for the community to understand the big picture. I love talking to other professionals about sharing threat information.
What is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today?
One challenge we deal with is developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy across the enterprise. This is from all client devices, on campus and off campus, messaging, file sharing, in addition to many other areas.