How will this experience help you in your job search and career?
In D.C., policymakers, government agencies, security contractors, and countless other entities are increasingly focusing their efforts on addressing cybersecurity concerns. Unfortunately, cyber literacy and technical knowledge in general are not abundant in D.C. My studies this summer will allow me to more deeply understand cybersecurity challenges and gain an area of knowledge which will give me a competitive edge in the security job market. This expertise will nicely complement my SSP coursework and give me the rare ability to discuss technical issues and how they impact IR, government, and security in general.
How did you come up with your project and why does it interest you?
After entering SSP, I decided to take a class focusing on Technology and Security and quickly became interested in cybersecurity. As I learned more through coursework and my own research, I felt more and more limited by my weak grasp of the technical aspects of cybersecurity. The Georgetown classes I took which focused on cyber issues were interesting and helpful but only offered cursory overviews of the knowledge I need to effectively discuss cybersecurity issues. As a result, I decided to seize the opportunity to explore another side of this subject by taking classes of a completely different style.
How do your studies contribute to the mission of national security?
There are huge challenges to national security in cyberspace that will likely only grow in the coming years. Cybercrime drains billions from the economy each year and the ability to wage war and terror in cyberspace is constantly improving. Unfortunately, the gravity of these issues is difficult to appreciate and address without possessing some degree of technical knowledge. Thoroughly understanding cybersecurity will allow me to analyze these obstacles and effectively communicate the importance of such problems and necessary actions. Whether I end up working for the government, private sector, or a non-profit, I will be equipped with knowledge that can prevent and mitigate the consequences of a growing threat to national security.