David Hirsch. // Courtesy photo

The need for employees in the cybersecurity realm is at an all-time high.

Recent Western Washington University graduate David Hirsch decided to join Western’s  Computer and Information Systems Security (CISS) program based on the program’s content and location option of Bellingham.

When asked if he had any advice to incoming students he remarked that you get out of the program what you put into it. “New students in cybersecurity should have a solid foundation in programming and should view themselves as future security professionals in order to have the right mindset,” Hirsch said.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the cybersecurity program was completing a capstone project, Hirsch said.

“Our team built a very small but secure mobile application that worked with our cloud server,” he explained. “Designing and building that system was rewarding but cemented lessons learned in many of the previous classes.”

A week after graduation, Hirsch passed a high-level cybersecurity certification exam, CISSP. This accomplishment exhibits how well Hirsch’s degree prepared him for actual work in the field, he said.

Hirsch graduated in June 2017 and now works as an information security engineer.

-Alyssa Evans and Lorin Lindell

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