First Jobs in Cybersecurity: The Analyst Role – Joshua Copeland – ESW #247

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There are tons of cybersecurity job openings for folks with 3-5 years of experience, but where are the junior roles? How are people getting their initial 3-5 years in? Josh and the ESW hosts discuss the finer points and challenges of breaking into InfoSec via the analyst path.

– As mentors: where do we struggle with our mentees?
– There are a million certs and degree programs – which are worth the time and money?
– How can folks learn and hone cybersecurity skills prior to getting a job in InfoSec?

We’ve even included a handy cheat sheet full of recommendations and resources:

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First Jobs in Cybersecurity: The Analyst Role


Joshua Copeland

Joshua Copeland – SOC Director at ATT

Josh has 20+ years working in the IT/Cybersecurity space. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2018 and has working in the Federal, SLTT, and Commercial space specializing in Security and Cloud. He is currently a SOC Director within AT&T’s Consulting division.


Adrian Sanabria

Adrian Sanabria – Senior Research Engineer at CyberRisk Alliance


Adrian is an outspoken researcher that doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths. He loves to write about the security industry, tell stories, and still sees the glass as half full.

Dimitri Vlachos

Dimitri Vlachos – Chief Marketing Officer at Devo


As the CMO of Devo, Dimitri is a proven and engaged marketing leader with over fifteen years of experience in both start-ups and established corporations. He is focused on the needs of the customer and leads the marketing and product teams to identify key market problems, articulate a leadership position, bring solutions to market, and find and attract customers.

Before joining Devo, he was the VP of Marketing at Pwnie Express, ObserveIT, and Riverbed Technology.

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian – Founder at Security Weekly


Paul Asadoorian is the founder of Security Weekly, which was acquired by CyberRisk Alliance. Paul spent time “in the trenches” implementing security programs for a lottery company and then a large university. Paul is offensive, having spent several years as a penetration tester. As Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security, Paul built a library of materials on the topic of vulnerability management. When not hacking together embedded systems (or just plain hacking them) or coding silly projects in Python, Paul can be found researching his next set of headphones.

Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields – CMO at JupiterOne


Tyler advises, guides, and operates high tech startups primarily in the B2B security space. He is a former market analyst, engineer, product manager, marketing leader, and partnership manager. In other words, Tyler builds and grows businesses – in all aspects. He’s a board advisor, angel investor, and board member at multiple firms and an investment advisor for a venture debt business. He loves to play guitar and poker in his free time.


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