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Darlene Exum

Darlene Exum

NSWC Indian Head Explosives Ordinance Disposal Technical Division

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Darlene's work combines: Writing, Travel, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

IT/Cyber-Security Analyst

Lead team of cyber-security analysts to conduct security testing on Research Development Testing Computer Systems.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Springan Senior High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Information Technology

    University of Maryland-University College

  • Graduate Degree

    Computer Science

    University of Maryland-University College

  • Certification

    Homeland Security


Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Information Security Analysts:

Bachelor's Degree: Information Technology

Graduate Degree: Computer Science

Certification: Homeland Security

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Clerk-Typist - Navy.

  • 2.

    Secretary for the Forest Service.

  • 3.

    IBM - Telecommunications.

  • 4.

    Secretary - Marriott Corporation.

  • 5.

    Paralegal for the D.C. Bar Association.

  • 6.

    Intake Specialist for the Office of the Public Defender Service.

  • 7.

    Office Automation Clerk - Navy.

  • 8.

    Team Lead IT/Cyber Security Analyst - Fully Qualified Navy Validator.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    I was recommended for the Technology Internship program. After I accepted the interview. My thoughts quickly reverted to: "They will not hire me. "I am too old".

  • How I responded:

    After a discussion with the Branch Manager of the department where I was selected to work as an intern, her encouragement helped me to overcome my fear of being to old to accept the position. Her words made an lasting impression, she said: "You are not looking at the big picture, you bring a wealth of experience to the job". With that said, I accepted the position. Throughout my career, I have traveled extensively, worked with high raking officers, and the job gets better everyday.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • 1997 was the worst year of my life. My only child passed away. I didn't feel I had a purpose to live and I had a job a truly disliked. I was recovering from Thyroid Cancer, depression, and grief. In-spite of the challenges; I kept going to school.