Credit card fraud and theft is one of the biggest security issues that consumers worry about most today. If I use my credit card at this store, will someone steal the number and make purchases with my credit? Many companies work to stop this from happening and keep consumer information private and secure so that thieves or other people with bad intentions cannot access it. Brad Cyprus, Chief of Security and Compliance and co-founder of Netsurion, talks about his career in security.

(Photo Courtesy of Brad Cyprus)

(Photo Courtesy of Brad Cyprus)

What does your current job entail? 

“I help develop electronic security solutions to help small businesses protect credit cards. I also directly assist our customers with security and data compliance questions.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“Helping people who are overwhelmed with the task of maintaining security see the light at the end of the tunnel. When they realize with our services they can actually manage to protect their sensitive data, they have a sense of relief, and that is highly rewarding.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role? 

“My education taught me how to communicate with people and that is half of my job.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education?

“I have several security certifications that I achieved after college: I was a certified Internal Security Assessor (ISA); I currently hold a System Security Computer Professional certificate (SSCP); and I have numerous certifications from Juniper Networks, along with other vendor specific certifications.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“Study the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). It covers what merchants need to do to satisfy the requirements of the credit card companies. The PCI Security Standards Council, which maintains the standard, also has numerous certification options for those breaking into the industry.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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