My introduction to cybersecurity started in 2006 while working as an Inside Sales person for a network visibility and security solution provider in Oregon, USA. During those days, I was mostly focused on delivering our solution’s value proposition and booking product presentations.  Understanding the customer’s cybersecurity needs was an opportunity offered to our Outside Sales persons.  After working two years for the solution provider a friend asked me if I would be interested in helping him start a telecommunications company using VoIP technology. He had the technical background and prior work experience so I accepted and worked there for over 9 years as President of the company with day to day responsibilities of Product and Project Management.  As my interests in technology and introduction to cybersecurity were increasing my wife’s desire to move back to Japan were also increasing so we agreed to live in Japan with our 2-year-old daughter.  Fortunately, I arrived to Japan in May of 2015 with a two-year contract from my previous company which allowed me to provide services to them from Japan as a Director of Recharges and Messaging Services.  In 2016, I received a new contract with unagreeable terms from them but decided to go a different route.

It was after this time that I had more time to study Japanese and to become more involved in cybersecurity.  Although I already have Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Information Technology from Information Technology Institute also in Portland, Oregon I wanted to create an entry path that bridged me into cybersecurity so I decided to take the CompTIA Security+ Certification to help me establish a general foundation.  Passing the CompTIA Security+ exam in September of 2017 gave me confidence to practice what I have learned using dedicated live equipment (not simulations) from a company called GTS Learning.  I will include my work in the portfolio section of my website to show my practical skills in security threats, network security, securing application data, managing access control, managing security threats, security compliance, cryptography, protocols and services.

It was maybe a week before I took my CompTIA Security+ exam I googled the terms “cybersecurity in japan” and found an article called “How Japan Is Aiming to Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap Before Tokyo 2020” written by Mrs. Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Security Officer Japan, Palo Alto Networks. That article made me realize Japan’s current cybersecurity position and challenges.  It was this article and Palo Alto’s Cybersecurity Canon Essential Reading for the Security Professional that provided me with more fuel to do my part by educating myself about cybersecurity.  Mrs. Mihoko Matsubara, if you are reading this… Thank you!

My plans for the future are to study for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test and to become more involved in the cybersecurity community by attending cybersecurity conferences as I want to know and learn from people who are already familiar with the latest technologies and best practices.  In September of 2017 I became a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association ( AFCEA) Tokyo (東京) and look forward to learn how I can be of help to the global security community.  I have also started to study for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications. I will update you once those are done!

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