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What Qualifies as Experience?

March 30, 2020


Perspectives on what’s essential to developing your skills in cyber vary depending on who you ask. Some say it depends on certifications, others say experience is the key. Mari Galloway, CEO of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu and Sr. Security Architect, discusses her motivations, recommended approach to education and certifications, and what she looks forward to in the rest of 2020.

“Certifications, I think, are important to get you in, but depending on where you want to go, you may need to have that education. you have to find that balance between, okay, education, let me at least start going to school, right? Maybe get one or two certifications to get my foot in the door. And as you go through that process of learning, you can also gain experience that can help you on those jobs. So it's got to be a combination.”
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Mari Galloway

Mari is the CEO and a founding board member for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) and Sr. Security Architect, one of the fastest growing 501c3 non-profit cybersecurity communities dedicated to bringing more women and girls to cyber.

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