What do you think is the biggest obstacle to cybersecurity success? Convenience. We love our convenience. The ability to do what we went, when we want, whatever way we want. Hackers love our love of convenience.
Convenience breeds laziness. Cached passwords, the same password everywhere, simple passwords, lack of software and firmware updates are just a few examples of ways hackers can infiltrate your computer and online accounts. So what can you do right now?
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Dr. Stephanie Carter is a cybersecurity expert. She has more certifications thank I can write here and has made it her mission to transform the way we think about cybersecurity.
Dr. Stephanie Carter started her cyber career in the US Army in 1994. During her military career she has been relocated to several states and countries around the world. She has served in many capacities all captured under the umbrella of cybersecurity disciplines such as network engineering, network administration, security analyst, information management officer.
She has partnered on behalf of DoD with other agencies such as DISA, NSA, FBI, and FEMA leading large scale IT projects and serving as lead security specialist in disaster recovery and incident response efforts. After 20 years of service she retired and entered into the civilian cyber workforce. In her civilian career, she has worked for and with agencies such as Department of Homeland Defense (DHS), Defense Health Agency (DHA), USCERT Team, and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) all in senior cybersecurity/subject matter expert roles.
Dr. Carter currently works as a contractor for the Department of Justice (DOJ) managing a team of Information System Security Officers (ISSOs). Outside of serving as the lead of this team, she is also the SME for all cloud implementations, NIST Risk Management Framework, the FedRAMP framework, ISO 17020, and NIST 800-171. She takes great pride in the mentorship and development of future cybersecurity professionals in her role as a professor with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) teaching courses in the Cybersecurity Graduate School programs as well as teaching classes for local chapters in the fields which she is certified.
She is certified CISM, CISSP, and CISA. She is pursuing her PMI-RMP and CRISC later this year. In addition to her military awards, she has won ICMCP Minority Teacher of the Year 2017, Humanitarian Award 2017, and has been recognized by ASIS, UMUC, IOBSE and many local cybersecurity chapters for speaking engagements. With the unmeasurable desire she has for cybersecurity, she even continues to mentor cybersecurity professionals one on one, outside of the busy schedule detailed above all with the goal of furthering the diversity and DNA of the field of cybersecurity.