When I first got into this industry, I thought it only focused on hacking or IT Operations. Reviewing the NIST Frameworks and the fifty-two work roles opened the doors to many possibilities. Furthermore, doing research for a NASA Academy I was a part of introduced me to concepts involving interplanetary internet and delay-tolerant networking. This amazed me because NASA is seen as an aerospace company, but how else can an astronaut be able to connect with us back on earth, with satellites, and that is in the realm of networking. This industry excites me because I can better understand how we are connected and collect data to analyze on establishing efficient solutions to make our lives easier and safer from threat actors.
Bein able to attain an apprenticeship will provide me with the foundation to build my cyber skills to inform and protect people from harmful social engineering attacks that can cost people millions and their well-being. I remember when my grandfather was scammed for $1,400 through a phone call and the devastating toll it took on my grandparents. I was twelve years old and clueless about what had happened to them, but I knew I never wanted them to feel that despair again.