“There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” 

By Michael Harris, MC² Apprentice

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller once said, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” His statement is all too familiar with me as a motorcyclist it’s the first thing you’re taught, you’ve either been down or you will go down. Trust me I’ve been down before and it hurts but I know the importance of getting back up and moving forward. Knowing that I could work for a company with the potential of getting hacked or falling down, a career in cybersecurity checks off all the boxes I have for a challenging and rewarding career.  I don’t simply want to punch a clock but I want to effect change.

I’m glad that I chose to pursue this apprenticeship because I’d like to be a security architect. I have always considered myself to be a self-leaner, I just find that the traditional classroom structure doesn’t benefit me the same way it benefits my peers. I’ve always excelled at being an innovator of process. With the technical training I’m receiving it’s going to allow me to better understand how security infrastructures work and improve them.

The program Midwest Cyber Center is offering for St. Louis is a game changer. With cybersecurity becoming an ever increasing issue it’s important for St. Louis to have the talent pool necessary. I believe that the apprenticeship I’m taking part of will be a success and others will also journey through the program and begin to fill the talent gap here in St. Louis.