Vy Dong is an Information Security Analyst and Executive Assistant with the Cover6 Solutions Team. Vy comes from a retail management background but developed a love for Cybersecurity while studying for her AAS in Cybersecurity at Northern Virginia Community College during her years in retail. Her interest and love for the field grew when she noticed more stories on the news about hacking incidents and that more movies and TV shows were featuring technology plots.

Vy will be completing her AAS in Cybersecurity in the Fall of 2017 and starting on her BS in Cybersecurity Management and Policy at University of Maryland University College. She hopes that her further studies at UMUC and her work experience at Cover6 Solutions will mold her into a skilled Cybersecurity professional. In the future after gaining more experience, she has a goal to be able to give back to the community that helped her in her journey by sharing her knowledge with others just starting in the field.

Who am I? I’m a young lady who went diving head-first into the world of cyber security when I thought I was going to be a nursing student. At the beginning of my college career, I thought I was going to learn about medicine, stick needles in people, and tend to the sick but I woke up one day and realized that it wasn’t the path I wanted to be on and it wasn’t what I wanted to see for the rest of my life. After such a realization, I started looking for other options and I came across cyber security. Okay, so I don’t want to learn to take care of and treat sick people but I can attempt to learn how to secure an entire system with highly sensitive data on it from creatively evil hackers… okay, no pressure.

Okay… yes pressure.

Let me tell you all who are reading this… diving into something you’ve never touched in your life before (besides some novice web-design coding back in the day to pimp up my MySpace page) is not easy. Don’t get discouraged if you feel confused throughout your cyber journey because it takes so much practice and studying. It also takes a “want” that you have to find within yourself. I felt lost after high school because there were so many options in the world and I didn’t know how I was going to find my niche. Honestly, I still haven’t fully discovered my niche in this field yet. The field of Cybersecurity is so vast with so many paths to go down that it will probably be a while longer before I figure out what I’m truly best at. In my school experience, I’ve taken classes that touch in all the different areas… network analysis, programming, forensics, firewalls, etc. and so far, I’ve only been able to figure out what I don’t want to specialize in. I’ll be blogging my journey, and I encourage anyone reading this, whether you’re a newbie in the field too or a seasoned professional, to share your stories and any advice as well.

Vy is an #infosec Analyst with an interest in socialengineering, forensics, and pentesting.