How to Break into a Cybersecurity Career as Quickly as Possible with Alex Kreilein (Ep. 19)

How to Break into a Cybersecurity Career as Quickly as Possible with Alex Kreilein (Ep. 19)

Alex Kreilein is the Managing Partner of SecureSet and over the cybersecurity Accelerator. He engages corporate C-Suites officers, tech luminaries, security researchers, hackers, and academics to develop and implement strategies kickstarting cybersecurity startups. He co-manages a fund associated with the accelerator to brings enormous value to early-stage startups through a focused product development, customer acquisition, and investor engagement strategies.

Previously, Alex was a strategist at the Department of Homeland Security and was detailed as a Guest Researcher to the National Institute of Standards & Technology. His work advanced goals in cybersecurity, national security and emergency communications, spectrum management, risk analysis, mobile applications, research and development, and oversight of multi-billion dollar grant programs.

Prior to DHS, Alex served as the Managing Director of the CU Boulder venture fund, as well as Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Jane Harman on technology policy and innovation issues. He has worked as a consultant for major systems integrators in the defense, intelligence, and technology sectors.

Alex is a graduate of the US Naval War College with a Masters in National Security & Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of Fordham University and attended the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He currently attends the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program and is a PhD candidate.

In this episode we discussed

  • The steps professionals should take to land a job in cybersecurity.
  • Key cybersecurity issues policymakers should be focused on right now
  • Alex’s key productivity and success hacks.

Resources

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General Assembly

Learning Tree

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The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman

Cybersecurity Conferences

DEF CON

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Bsides