Cybersecurity Talent Initiative Participants

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The 9 participants in the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative’s inaugural class bring a variety of academic and professional experience to the federal government. These recent graduates will serve a two-year fellowship at seven federal agencies before applying for a job with one of the initiative’s corporate partners. Read their bios below to learn more about where each participant is placed, their experience and background and their motivation for working in the field of cybersecurity.

Lucinda Brooks

Graduating Academic Institution: Regent University

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Degree: Cybersecurity Management

“With a background in software development and network support, I am excited to be a part of improving and building secure software, applications, cloud storage and distributed systems. The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative enables me to do this and view cybersecurity from both the governmental and commercial perspectives.”

Manpreet Duggal 

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Albany, State University of New York

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Degree: Digital Forensics, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

“I think it is priceless to gain top-notch technical skills and techniques through meaningful work that benefits our nation. As a part of the unique Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, I am hoping to learn a combination of soft and hard skills and get hands-on experience that will allow me to thrive in the cybersecurity industry.”

Kristin Miyoko Lockwood

Graduating Academic Institution: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Placement: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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Degree: Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

“I have worked with human resources, development and web operations, and IT, and I am excited to bring these experiences to bear as I learn about penetration testing and system log analysis. I hope to learn more about inter-departmental cybersecurity cooperation to ensure secure internal and external networks.

Michelle Massarik 

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Albany, State University of New York

Placement: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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Degree: Cybersecurity Informatics

“As a recent college graduate, I was unsure of what positions were available in the cybersecurity field. The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative enables me to learn what is out there and apply what I learned in university to the workforce. I am excited to learn about CISA and how they help our nation.

Acklyn Murray 

Graduating Academic Institution: Howard University

Placement: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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Degree:
Computer Science

Steve Muthomi 

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: Environmental Protection Agency

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Degree: Cybersecurity Technology

“I pursued this opportunity because I see myself becoming a leader in cybersecurity, but felt I was lacking some fundamental skills necessary to get there. Through the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, I’m excited to grow my skills and learn the management side of cybersecurity.”

Carroll S. Rich 

Graduating Academic Institution: Marymount University

Placement: Environmental Protection Agency

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Degree: Cybersecurity

“I’m motivated to be a cybersecurity professional and protect our nation’s cyber infrastructure and guard our assets in cyberspace!

Joseph Salisbury 

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: Federal Election Commission

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Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

“I am looking to improve my technical skills and learn the tools and strategies for securing, designing and managing complex cybersecurity architecture. The program’s cross-sector approach seems perfect for exploring the many different components and skills that make up the cybersecurity field.

Kevin Smith

Graduating Academic Institution: Maryville University

Placement: US Army Cyber Command

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Degree: Cybersecurity

“I’m excited to apply my skills in the cybersecurity, computer forensics, incident response and cyber defense fields. Through CTI, I’m thrilled to learn about end-point security and threat analysis and hope to acquire cybersecurity certifications such as the CISM, CISSP, GCIA and GCIH.”