Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
Office of Cybersecurity
I earned a BA in communication in 1989 followed by a MA in Journalism in 1991.
When making a living in Journalism proved difficult and I began to explore other options, my home computer because infected with a virus. Unable to afford professional repair, the only way to regain control of the machine was to erase the hard drive, reinstall Windows on my own, and recover data from backup. I had no specialized training or experience at that time, and seeing a computer start up in BIOS was a bit intimidating, but I worked my way through the installation process, including drivers and configuration.
That day, I realized I could look malicious software square in the monitor and win.
In 2015 I returned to school and earned an Associates in Network Security. My first IT job was a Security Administrator at WEDC, followed by a Help Desk roll at American Family Insurance. My current position is in Testing and Cyber Defense.