Name: Kevin L. Jackson
Employer: GovCloud Network, LLC
Degree: B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Computer Engineering, M.A. National Strategic Studies
Years in IT: 25+
Years in cybersecurity: 5
Cybersecurity certifications: CCSP
How did you decide upon a career in cybersecurity?
The rapid rise in the adoption of cloud computing by business indicates that cloud is rapidly becoming critical to the nation’s economic stability. With this, cybersecurity in the cloud will essentially be synonymous with national security. As an IT professional and intelligence community professional, it seemed like a natural path.
Why did you get your CCSP®?
Although cybersecurity was a major component of my Cloud Computing Solution Architect certification from the Cloud Credential Council. I held no formal certifications in that area. The (ISC)² CISSP is widely accepted as a premier security credential, so I saw the CCSP as the proper cert for my career
What is a typical day like for you?
I am part of a cloud service brokerage team that supports the transition of a U.S. Intelligence Agency to the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment (IC ITE). My daily activity involves technical and operational tasks associated with migrating applications from legacy data center environments to one or more cloud environments which include the CIA managed Commercial Cloud Service (C2S), Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS GovCloud, and NSA GovCloud.
Can you tell us about a personal career highlight?
A recent highlight of my career was the publication of my latest book, "Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View" with my fellow (ISC)² instructor Melvin Greer. The book is a tangible representation of how cybersecurity and cloud computing has blended in my professional life.
How has the CCSP certification helped you in your career?
The CCSP has given me a much deeper understanding of the security complexities associated with transitioning from the traditional infrastructure-centric data center security model to the data-centric cloud computing security model.
What is the most useful advice you have for other cloud security professionals?
Security is the primary impediment to cloud transitions. In today's environment, your ability to provide risk balanced recommendations using business or mission focused rational will be the source of your professional value. CCSP certification is evidence of your ability to deliver that value.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Cloud computing is no longer just "a" way to do information technology, it's "the" way to do it. CCSP teaches you how to do it the right way.
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