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COMPUTER SECURITY: Philosophy Major To Computer Security Tech

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Ellen works in computer security. She describes what her job is like, what a typical day looks like, and her career path. What she knows now is that having the "the right traditional education" is not necessary in the field of computer security. All you need is a desire to learn, willingness to work hard and always being curious.

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Principal Tech PM

Job Summary: Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects

Job Description

Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects all use information technology (IT) to advance their organization's goals. Security analysts ensure a firm's information stays safe from cyberattacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.

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Additional Info

Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$45,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Home, Indoor, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

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m='9470'>how</span> <span m='9750'>threats</span> <span m='10060'>are</span> <span m='10140'>changing</span> <span m='10435'>from</span> <span m='10730'>the</span> <span m='10800'>point</span> <span m='10990'>of</span> <span m='11060'>view of</span> <span m='11210'>computer</span> <span m='11660'>security</span> <span m='12460'>and</span> <span m='12830'>whether</span> <span m='13080'>or</span> <span m='13130'>not</span> <span m='13310'>that's</span> <span m='13480'>going</span> <span m='13610'>to</span> <span m='13670'>affect</span> <span m='13890'>our</span> <span m='13980'>customers,</span> <span m='14430'>whether</span> <span m='14680'>or not we</span> <span m='14780'>need</span> <span m='14900'>to</span> <span m='14970'>change</span> <span m='15280'>our</span> <span m='15350'>products</span> <span m='16110'>to</span> <span m='16210'>make</span> <span m='16329'>sure</span> <span m='16450'>that</span> <span m='16570'>they'll</span> <span m='16670'>stay</span> <span m='16810'>secure.</span> </p><p><span m='17660'>All</span> <span m='17870'>sorts</span> <span m='18130'>of</span> <span m='18240'>things--</span> <span m='18780'>issues</span> <span m='19090'>are</span> <span m='19150'>coming</span> <span m='19440'>in.</span> <span m='19710'>Going</span> <span m='19920'>and</span> <span m='19990'>figuring</span> <span m='20450'>out</span> <span m='20590'>whether</span> <span m='20780'>or</span> <span m='20800'>not</span> <span m='21120'>something</span> <span m='21370'>that's</span> <span m='21540'>been</span> <span m='21760'>released</span> <span m='22070'>in</span> <span m='22110'>the</span> <span m='22190'>press</span> <span m='22480'>is</span> <span m='22590'>going</span> <span m='22770'>to</span> <span m='22870'>affect</span> <span m='23220'>us.</span> <span m='23860'>Working</span> <span m='24100'>with</span> <span m='24230'>teams</span> <span m='24520'>to</span> <span m='24590'>understand</span> <span m='25270'>what</span> <span m='25470'>they're</span> <span m='25550'>building</span> <span m='26030'>and</span> <span m='26300'>whether</span> <span m='26510'>or</span> <span m='26560'>not</span> <span m='27190'>it's</span> <span m='27330'>going</span> <span m='27450'>to</span> <span m='27500'>be</span> <span m='27590'>secure,</span> <span m='28010'>how</span> <span m='28120'>we</span> <span m='28200'>can</span> <span m='28290'>make</span> <span m='28430'>it</span> <span m='28520'>more</span> <span m='28680'>secure,</span> <span m='29410'>how</span> <span m='29530'>we can</span> <span m='29670'>make</span> <span m='29830'>it</span> <span m='29890'>work</span> <span m='30050'>better</span> <span m='30260'>for</span> <span m='30390'>our</span> <span m='30460'>customers.</span> </p><p><span m='31200'>Actually</span> <span m='31350'>I</span> <span m='31550'>have</span> <span m='31650'>a</span> <span m='31700'>philosophy</span> <span m='32090'>degree</span> <span m='32380'>from</span> <span m='32630'>the</span> <span m='33020'>University</span> <span m='33460'>of</span> <span m='33530'>Washington</span> <span m='34760'>and</span> <span m='35040'>ended</span> <span m='35290'>up</span> <span m='35490'>randomly</span> <span m='36030'>starting</span> <span m='36480'>as</span> <span m='36570'>an</span> <span m='36670'>intern</span> <span m='37450'>doing</span> <span m='37690'>some</span> <span m='37820'>HTML</span> <span m='38360'>work</span> <span m='38610'>way,</span> <span m='38980'>way</span> <span m='39150'>back</span> <span m='39380'>in the</span> <span m='39470'>mid-'90s.</span> <span m='40400'>And</span> <span m='40560'>I</span> <span m='40590'>had</span> <span m='41320'>a</span> <span m='41360'>boss</span> <span m='41600'>who</span> <span m='41680'>told</span> <span m='41850'>me</span> <span m='41920'>to</span> <span m='42000'>spend</span> <span m='42190'>an</span> <span m='42270'>hour</span> <span m='42500'>a day</span> <span m='42620'>learning</span> <span m='42880'>something.</span> <span m='43260'>So</span> <span m='43430'>I</span> <span m='43510'>spent</span> <span m='43720'>an</span> <span m='43810'>hour a day</span> <span m='43990'>learning</span> <span m='44330'>programming,</span> <span m='44810'>and</span> <span m='45020'>within</span> <span m='45220'>a</span> <span m='45260'>month</span> <span m='45520'>I</span> <span m='45630'>was</span> <span m='45790'>shipping</span> <span m='46870'>code.</span> </p><p><span m='48140'>I</span> <span m='48420'>always</span> <span m='48630'>thought</span> <span m='48880'>that</span> <span m='49020'>you had</span> <span m='49170'>to</span> <span m='49220'>have</span> <span m='49430'>exactly</span> <span m='49880'>the</span> <span m='49970'>right</span> <span m='50160'>traditional</span> <span m='50550'>education,</span> <span m='51840'>and</span> <span m='52060'>that</span> <span m='52510'>if you</span> <span m='52640'>hadn't</span> <span m='52830'>gone</span> <span m='53000'>through</span> <span m='53100'>all</span> <span m='53260'>the</span> <span m='53330'>proper</span> <span m='53680'>prerequisites</span> <span m='54290'>that</span> <span m='54550'>there</span> <span m='54640'>was</span> <span m='54760'>no</span> <span m='54860'>way</span> <span m='55000'>you could</span> <span m='55120'>succeed in it.</span> <span m='55620'>And</span> <span m='56020'>I'm</span> <span m='56200'>finding</span> <span m='56510'>more</span> <span m='56680'>and</span> <span m='56740'>more,</span> <span m='57380'>especially</span> <span m='57740'>with</span> <span m='57860'>computer</span> <span m='58180'>security,</span> <span m='59010'>you</span> <span m='59160'>can</span> <span m='59310'>succeed</span> <span m='60010'>no</span> <span m='60190'>matter</span> <span m='60390'>how</span> <span m='60570'>you've</span> <span m='60720'>gotten</span> <span m='61020'>there</span> <span m='61210'>as</span> <span m='61300'>long</span> <span m='61520'>as</span> <span m='61600'>you</span> <span m='61800'>work</span> <span m='62030'>really</span> <span m='62200'>hard,</span> <span m='62440'>are</span> <span m='62490'>willing</span> <span m='62700'>to</span> <span m='62810'>learn,</span> <span m='63150'>and</span> <span m='63600'>are</span> <span m='63790'>always</span> <span m='64129'>curious.</span> </p>","file":{"id":364285,"video_id":"3268462514001","name":"2183-Ellen-p-ComputerSecurity","duration":65597,"thumbnail_url":null}});