Paul Iglesia

Paul Iglesia

Senior Consultant


CGI Federal

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Placed myself in a position to gain experiences while in the military.
Attended community college.
Demonstrated sound judgement in a project to estabish the first LAN for DCA (DISA) at the Pentagon.
Retired from the USAF and became a contractor. I read, observed, listened and applied my skills.
Graduated from UMUC with my B.S. while working in various Govt agencies applying what I learned.
Gained my CISSP. I worked in Enterprise Network Defenses and gained skills in vulnerability mgt.
Completed Graduate Studies in Cyber Security.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Cardinal Hayes H.S.
undergrad
Bachelor
Information Systems Management
Community College of the Air Force
graduate
Graduate
Computer and Information Sciences, General
University of Maryland-University College
certification
Certification/License
CISSP
graduate
Graduate
Cyber Security Certificate
University of Maryland-University College
Career

Career

Senior Consultant

I provide for the integrity and security of information and information systems.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Government
Government
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A good day includes a good deal of collaboration between peers and clients discussing progress towards achieving strategic goals and projects and provide confidence in our plan and methods. I also use automated tools to confirm, research, and validate that security controls are functioning to provide for the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of information and information systems. I would also read about new methods and technologies that can best be used to find greater efficiencies.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Work Ethic. Listening. Asking questions. Accepting responsibility, especially when things go wrong, and learning from all experiences. Leadership. Dedication to one's profession through self-improvement. Information sharing. Being a good communicator, especially in writing.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Understand the breadth of this field and start by focusing on something you're genuinely interested in. Afterwards, pursue something that is hard and challenges you.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Information Systems Management
graduate
Graduate
Computer and Information Sciences, General
certification
Certification/License
CISSP
graduate
Graduate
Cyber Security Certificate
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Formal education isn't worth the trouble in IT because you can get by with certifications."

I decided that education was more lasting than certifications. Over time, I saw this to be true as all the hottest technologies became obsolete. College diploma is constant - can't be taken away - and serves to distinguish you from your peers. It is also universally recognized by those outside of your occupation.

Challenges I Overcame

Being overwhelmed by demands on time
Being overwhelmed by demands on time

I could never take more than two semesters at a time because it took too much of my time away from family and work. I always took a summer vacation then stubbornly trudged through each semester keeping my goal in sight.