My Journey Into Cybersecurity, Chapter 1

womencssociety
Posted April 18, 2019 from Canada

A cold dreary day in December of 1995, I was working at a school board office as a janitor.  A board director who often worked late apparently took notice of how clean I kept the facility.  One evening he said to me, "You pay close attention to detail?".  I replied, "Oh, thank you.  Why do you say that?". 

He went on to tell me about a new course he was teaching as a Novell Certified Network Engineer and he felt I'd be a good candidate for the training. He told me how the industry needs more network engineers because the Internet and networks were growing but there weren't enough skilled people to fill the available jobs.  He said, you'd have to take an aptitude test and if I passed he'd pass along my application.  Within two days, I had passed the test and my application was accepted.  Serenpidity has stepped in and my world expanded into a universe of technology and network security.  

That decision wasn't easy!  It meant I had a few weeks to pack a house and move hundreds of miles away from my immediate family with a young daughter and husband who didn't work or support me.  But I was determined, I was going regardless.  I knew in my heart if I stayed, I'd end up stuck with limited economic opportunities and become depressed working my three jobs to makes ends meet. 

Within a year I had completed all the training modules and received certification.  Never before or ever again have I experienced a full-on baptism by fire like training.  You'd have to take the training to understand what it was like back then.  There were ten of us in the class and we were eating, breathing and dreaming networks.  When it was over I had landed a job working with the RCMP and I was thrilled!  My future was set and I was on my way!

However, fate, life whatever you want to call it, stepped in and changed the trajectory I had envisioned.  All wasn't lost but little did I know how hard and difficult my road to cybersecurity would be.

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womencssociety
Apr 18
Apr 18

Stayed tuned for Chapter 2, tomorrow.

womencssociety
Apr 18
Apr 18

Hi Tam,

Thanks for your warm welcome and for introducing me to 'Stories'. I'm glad you enjoyed my write up and hope you feel the same for Chapter 2.

I often think of the kindness of that man, how he inspired me with such little effort on his part. As you mentioned, a kind word and concern for others go a long way!

In Sisterhood,

Lisa

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 19
Apr 19

Just so you know, if you want to respond directly to any who have responded to you, just click on the arrow beneath their response, and they will get an alert that you responded. That's how our conversations build! Also, Jill's suggestion that you repost under Stories for both this one and Chapter 2 will put your stories in the lineup of the others coming in now specifically on technology. Just go to "Stories", and paste in Chapter 1. For Chapter 2 just send your story directly under "Stories". The link Jill sent will get you there. Happy writing!

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 18
Apr 18

Hello WOMENCSSOCIETY,
A big welcome to World Pulse. This shows so well how putting good effort into whatever we do, when another person bothers to notice and share information, doors open. And because of your determination and trust in yourself, you flew. I so look forward to Chapter 2!
In sisterhood,
Tam

Jill Langhus
Apr 19
Apr 19

Hi Lisa,

Holy Cow! That's an amazing story!

Welcome to World Pulse and thanks for sharing your amazing story. I love, love, love synchronicity. So, no regrets, then?

I'm looking forward to seeing Chapter 2 and learning more about what you're passionate about.

You may want to consider submitting your story for the current story award, "Girls in ICT Day?" If so, this is the link: https://www.worldpulse.com/voices-rising/story-awards/90318

Hope you have a great day, and weekend!

womencssociety
Apr 19
Apr 19

Hi J,

Thanks for reading my story and sharing your thoughts. It's good to know my story and experience resonates and may inspire others.

I thought I had submitted the story through "Girls in ICT Day". Guess I have some work to do and will be also submitting Chapter 2.

Thanks for sharing the link.

Best,

Lisa

Jill Langhus
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hello there,

You're very welcome:-) I'm glad you re-submitted your story and your subsequent one as well. Good luck with your submission!

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Selma Ndi
Apr 19
Apr 19

Wow, your story inspires me. Knowing when to take a decision, and actually taking it are very strong suits. Your talent made way for you, and I wish you the best in cybersecurity

womencssociety
Apr 19
Apr 19

Hi Selma,

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm thrilled to know I inspired you which is ironic because your story inspired me! :)

Best,

Lisa

bridggyella
Jun 09
Jun 09

Hello,
It was a good read. Thank you for sharing. I am waiting on chapter 2.
cheers!