New Company - New Challenges - Same Goals
It's been awhile since I posted here and many have been asking me about what this new gig is all about. I began a new opportunity July 9th with ECPI University in Lake Mary, a few miles north of downtown Orlando via I4. I am still committed to my efforts in Career Management and have been taking meetings after hours from home. If I can be of help to anyone you know what to do. My goal remains the same. I have been fortunate to see my career goals come to fruition and have been blessed by so many people along the way. I hope I can provide the same for you.
So, lets talk about my new University. ECPI or East Coast Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1966. It originally began with it's sole focus on IT and various tech however throughout the years they have expanded int other vocational areas including Health Care, Culinary and Business. There are 22 campus in Virginia, the Carolinas and of course here in Orlando in Lake Mary. The Lake Mary campus started around 3 years ago when they bought a school called Remington and brought their BS nursing program to the area. We are currently in expansion mode, adding another 25,000 sq. ft. of classroom and lab space. Kicking things off will be our Bachelor of Science degree in Networking and Cyber Security. Classes start on August 27th.
What's unique about our program is the accelerated time frame of 2.5 years. Classes are designed to accommodate working folks by offering M-Th morning or evening sessions with Fr-Su off. Our program has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security. Although this program is new to our Lake Mary Campus we have been graduating students on other campuses for years now.
Our Program Director David Cruz is a 20 year veteran of the Cyber Security profession and in addition to steering the curriculum he is putting together additional resources for our students and grads that include 10 certificate programs and memberships to ISACA, ISSA and other local area Cyber Security associations. Students will have opportunities to build their own networks and compete with other campus' to not only try and defend their networks but break into others. Ethical hacking is a new phrase I am hearing a lot of these days. You can learn more about the specifics and see a full course catalogue by visiting our web site.
I have immersed myself in the world of Cyber Security for the past 4 weeks and am learning some interesting facts. Those interested in a career in Networking and Cyber Security would do well to note;
Average salaries for Cyber Security professionals is around 95K .
There is a surplus of job opportunities - The following blurb is from Forbes;
The ISACA, a non-profit information security advocacy group, predicts there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019. Every year in the U.S., 40,000 jobs for information security analysts go unfilled, and employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other cyber-security related roles, according to cyber security data tool CyberSeek. And for every ten cyber security job ads that appear on careers site Indeed, only seven people even click on one of the ads, let alone apply.
If you are interested in learning more or coming out to Lake Mary to take a look at our campus give me a ring. We are holding an open house we call Discover Day on August 11th between 10-4 and I would love to fill the place with my friends from the Orlando Tech and Gaming scene. Hit me back so I can add you to the VIP list of you are interested.
All said, life is good. As always, there's a lot going on around town. The dates for the Indie Galactic Space Jam have been announced, Orlando iX is only weeks away and Digital Orlando is right around the corner November 14th. Don't forget to check out my podcast This is Orlando. We are 15 episodes strong with many more on the way. I send much thanks to those that have subscribed and continue to welcome inquiries and suggestions.
Be well friends. I hope to hear from you soon.