• Launching Your Career in Cyber Security

    Intellectual Point

    Do you want to start a career in cybersecurity, but don't know where to begin? If so, this meetup can help by providing an ideal foundational mapping of the career paths and certifications that IT professionals should consider if they're interested in transitioning to cybersecurity. The cyber threat landscape is evolving rapidly, and corporations are scrambling to find skilled people to fill cyber positions. There is clearly an acute shortage of skilled cyber professionals. Cybersecurity workforce training and development is going through a major transformation today with the changing threat landscape as well as rapidly evolving technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics. This presentation will bring real-world best practices from the trenches on how cybersecurity education and training can be both affordable and effective in helping people fill the cybersecurity job openings with the right skills. The presentation will highlight the critical skills required in the next generation of cyber professionals and how is the role of a security analyst rapidly evolving with the advent of advanced targeted attacks and zero-day attacks. Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of practical cybersecurity career pathways, popular tools and skills, and how to break into a cybersecurity career. Newcomers have a chance to meet with others who are eager to break into the field and returning members get to share their experience about where their adventures in the cyber field have taken them. If you are a job seeker bring along some copies of your resume and business cards. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 Networking with Peers 6:30 - 7:30 Launching Your Career in Cyber Security 7:30 - 8:00 Open discussions with folks who have successfully launched in Cyber Security 8:00 - 8:30 Networking with Peers Parking: Parking is free and located directly outside the building.

  • Launching your career in Cloud Computing

    Intellectual Point

    Cloud computing is one of the hottest technologies with a high demand for qualified professionals. The median salary for IT pros currently in a cloud computing career in the U.S. is $124,300. However, it is not the easiest of jobs to acquire because it is a specialty area. To secure a job in this field, a candidate must have several specific skills. Let’s see what they are so you can get your cloud computing career started! Amazon's (AWS) selection of Crystal City (Arlington VA) for its new headquarters will bring $15 billion and 62,000 jobs by 2025. Are you ready for being part of this lucrative career? There is a great deal of interest from those with traditional IT skills—such as help desk technicians, data center admins, enterprise architects, developers, and networking engineers—to steer themselves into a cloud computing career that will not only provide job protection but pay better as well. However, the path to cloud computing riches is not that clear for most. The good news: There is a path for many IT pros into the cloud. In this meetup, we will show you how to map a path to those cloud computing jobs from your current state if you are a Helpdesk or datacenter admin, enterprise architect, database admin, application developer, system admin, test/QA engineer, or networking engineer. The patterns for getting from traditional IT to cloud It are basically the same for most IT roles: Get smart on specific cloud technology and do it fast. Take advantage of the AWS and Azure training, boot camps and exam readiness workshops. If you are a job seeker bring along some copies of your resume and business cards. Bring along your co-workers, family, and friends! Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 Networking with Peers 6:30 - 7:30 Launching Your Career in Cloud Computing 7:30 - 8:00 Open discussions with folks who have successfully launched in Cloud Computing 8:00 - 8:30 Networking with Peers Parking: Parking is free and located directly outside the building.