With so many stories of hacked data in the news, it is important that businesses and people keep their information secure. For people who like working with computers and keeping up with technological advances, a career in computer security could be very fulfilling. Adam Kujawa, a graduate of Westwood College — Denver North and Head of Malware Intelligence at Malwarebytes Labs, talks about his career in security.
What does your current job entail?
“My current job is basically hunting, analyzing and documenting cyber threats such as malware and the way in which they infect users and spread over the web. In addition to that, I use this information to make the products we produce even more effective in fighting threats and attempt to educate users of the threats online and how to protect themselves with blog posts, videos and educational opportunities.”
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
My favorite part is finding out about new types of threats. A lot of what we see is a rehash of old stuff, it’s usually done in a slightly different manner, either via a new attack mechanism or utilizing some new form of social engineering. Being able to discover, document and protect users from these threats is the best part of the job. In addition to that, hearing stories from users about success in fending off or removing threats makes the job worth doing on a personal level.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“For people looking into computer security as a career, the best advice I can give is to be flexible, become a sponge for information and learn to think beyond the technology, meaning to incorporate the fact that behind all malware and cyber threats are humans. Understanding their mindset can greatly help. Understanding operating system fundamentals, how programs talk to each other and what points of entry an attacker might attack is also incredibly important. The current threat landscape is constantly changing; with new approaches attackers take to extort and steal from innocent users, which makes having a wide range of knowledge key.”
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