From Infantryman to Cyber Warrior

By Ray Gluck, Eagle Technology

It’s always challenging to introduce new talent and team members into the government cyber security and operations community.  Even with technical experience, there are still many entry barriers, including the need for an active clearance and current CompTIA Security+ certification.

Like many companies, Eagle TG is always looking for a way to shorten and enhance the new talent recruiting process, and in 2016 we sat down with Tony Bryan at the Midwest Cyber Center.  Tony shared with us the Center’s scholarship and apprenticeship programs and how they could benefit everyone … our company, the client, the St Louis metro community, and of course the applicant.

This is when Tony introduced me to Peter Luna.  Peter, a former US Army Infantryman, had applied for a scholarship to earn his CompTIA Security+ certification.  When Tony passed me Peter’s contact information, I knew he’d be a great candidate because of the vetting process at the Midwest Cyber Center.  Peter had left his job in manufacturing and moved to Illinois to complete his scholarship at the Security+ boot camp.  During our interview, it was apparent Peter had a passion for learning and just needed that ‘break’ to get in the door.  Quality entry level positions are few and far between in the government cyber security and operations world, but fortunately Eagle TG had teamed with Trident Technologies on a USTRANSCOM contract that included a temporary entry-level desktop support position.

Peter’s outstanding confidence, military bearing and knowledge nailed the interview.  His success at the Midwest Cyber Center meant he met all minimum requirements to begin immediately.  Eagle TG emphasizes hiring veterans, and the fact Peter was a reservist was the icing on the cake.  While this contract position was only temporary, Peter is now with Eagle TG supporting our company’s cyber security and operations and gaining more experience in cyber security, desktop and server operations.  Each day he gains more experience to nail the next opportunity to support a customer’s cyber security needs!

As a company, we’ve learned a great deal working with the Tony and his crew.  In 2017 Eagle TG became a proud sponsor of the Midwest Cyber Center, and we’re excited about the mutually beneficial opportunities that lie ahead.