James Linlor

Chief Information Security Officer


Tips and Info:

Why begin a career in cybersecurity? Challenge and opportunity.

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing; this field contends with a target-rich environment and the targets are always moving.

Beginning with the military or with government contracting is a good way to embark on this career pathway.

To be a competitive candidate, it is vital to have experience. Have projects to showcase!

You have to know "the how" behind various attacks, particularly those that involve ransomware.

Understanding machine learning is very valuable for this field, you can learn how to build basic machine learning systems online.

If you feel unsure about what you need to know to begin in cybersecurity, look up role requirements on job boards and pursue those skills.

Once you have a position in this field, remember that integrity is essential. Own your mistakes immediately or you will not last long.


Use resources like Cyberseek to learn more about getting started in cybersecurity!


Certifications to consider:


Certified Ethical Hacker





MIS Society

CSUSM College of Business Administration


CSU San Marcos

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.,

San Marcos, CA 92096

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