eLearnSecurity Student Spotlight: Bogdan Gagea
One of the coolest things about connecting with the eLearnSecurity Community is getting to hear the stories they have to share.
Mostly, it’s about the mundane way some students have stumbled upon our training, and how lucky they thought they were for having done so. Sometimes, it would be about how god-like they felt – having gotten past that last hurdle in their certification exams. There have even been a few instances when students told us that they tried tracking us down in order to pre-enroll into a course whose launch won’t be for another 3 weeks. Stories like these inspire us (and make us laugh on occasion), and push us to keep getting better at what we do.
Over the course of the next few days, we thought we’d share some of the inspiration with you. We’ve asked several of our students to tell us a bit about themselves and their experiences, and we will be featuring their responses here.
Would you like to nominate an eLS student to be featured on Student Spotlight? Hit us up on Twitter at @eLearnSecurity, and tell us a little about them. You may even nominate yourself!
Bogdan Mihail Gagea
Information Security Technology Specialist, Citi
Where did you first hear of eLearnSecurity?
Recommended by one of my work colleagues.
Which of our training courses have you taken?
What made you choose that particular course?
I was looking to make the first steps into penetration testing and almost all courses I found were too advanced. PTS was the perfect course for a beginner.
What topics would you like to see eLearnSecurity cover next?
Cloud security, Digital Forensics, IOT devices
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I work for Citibank Europe as an Information Security Technology Specialist. I perform security reviews on infrastructure solutions, producing reports with the collected evidence and findings.
How did you get into security?
I wanted to get into Linux System Administration but a good friend convinced me to aim higher and it seems he was right. Security right now is both my job and passion.
What is the most important part of your work?
I like to work with the stakeholders and propose fixes on the reported findings. It’s satisfying and brings value to my work to help secure systems and applications.
Do you have any interesting stories about security incidents you’ve handled in the past?
Unfortunately I can’t discuss about it however I would like to ask vendors to stop using admin/admin.
Has the increasing shortage on security pros had any effect on your work?
I am lucky to work in a team with many professionals so I don’t feel this shortage. At the same time I realise it exists, as many companies around me are desperate to hire incident handlers or security analysts.
Is there something about security that could convince students, enthusiasts, or other IT professionals in general, to pursue this career path?
Everyone tells students to learn coding however few introduce them to security. I think the future is reserved for people that bring together the DevSecOps parts and adhere to secure coding standards. Every high-school teaching coding should also have cyber security classes. Students have the fresh energy necessary to bring innovation in this field starting from the roots.
Any skills in particular that you think are crucial in today’s security landscape?
I believe in specialisations however I find that the best people in security have a mixed set of knowledge and skills from different domains such as lock picking or digital forensics. I find a security team to be more valuable when the people have diverse skills.
What would be the best advice you could give to someone just getting started in the field?
Cyber Security is a domain that has a lot of opportunities. It’s very dynamic and you almost never get bored of it. Career wise you can be a malware analyst or an incident handler, a penetration tester or security officer. The limit is in you and it depends how much time you want to dedicate learning it. Follow security blogs, learn the fundamentals of cyber security and start an eLS course.