This talk will talk about some important concepts for those looking to break into cybersecurity. I will discuss the number of specialties and how narrowing down your focus is critical. I will discuss various options for education and training; technical skills and critical non-technical skills. I will discuss a few technical entry-level tools for cyber analysis. Lastly, I end by discussing career items, such as important steps to getting that all-important first job and other related career advice.
Mr. Stoner has over 20 years of experience in the national security and defense sector working a variety of roles, including most recently as a Cyber Threat Analyst, Cyber Counterintelligence Analyst, and Cyber Instructor. Mr.Stoner currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Department of Defense (DoD)-Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE), located at the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) in Linthicum, MD. DCISE is the DoD designated analysis and reporting center for cyber incidents affecting the Defense Industrial Base. Mr. Stoner strives to enhance the collaborative efforts between the DoD, the DIB, and government stakeholders with a focus on delivering cyber threat intelligence, products, and services. Mr. Stoner served for over 10 years in the US Army (Active Duty) as a Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) analyst, being stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, Fort Meade, MD, and Ottawa, Canada with one deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant (E6) in 2010. His experience includes IT, instruction and course design, cyber exercise and testing, penetration testing, threat support, SIGINT, and Cyber Operations. He is a frequent speaker at BSides cybersecurity conferences and current member of the (ISC)2 chapter out of Annapolis Junction, MD. He is a huge soccer fan and coaches youth soccer, having recently gained his US Soccer D coaches certification. He resides in Jessup, MD with his partner Rebecca and daughter Elleanna.