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By Abhi Yadav

In April, we were lucky enough to attend (and co-sponsor with our friends at EC Council) the Southeast Regional Cyber Defense Competition. There, we met and interviewed a few of what we like to call the “Next Generation of Cyber Warriors.”

(You can read our first profile of Cyber Warrior Heather Lawrence here.)

Now let’s get to know…

Kendall Morris

Kendall Morris

Kendall Morris

Age: 18
Nickname: The Kendallion Stallion
School: Kennesaw State University
From: Atlanta, GA
Favorite movie: Takedown (The story of a 1990’s phone hacker)

Most Stressful Thing About the Competition

Meeting both the technical and business needs. You have to provide so much documentation! The biz side of me was saying, “Document everything!” Then my tech side was saying, “Get it fixed RIGHT NOW, worry about the documentation and consequences later!” But you can’t do that in infosecurity because the CIO always wants to know what’s going on!

Why Kendall Decided to Join the Competition

I did some competitions with my ROTC in high school, one of them was called the Cyberpatriot competition. Now, since I’m in the infosec program at KSU, I thought it would be fun to join this with my friends and see what it’s like!

The Kendallion Stallion’s Dream Job

 

Eventually I want to start something of my own, some sort of internet application company. Maybe work on some kind of hardware appliance or something in IoT. But in the meantime, I’m looking forward to starting a career as a security professional.

Future of Cybersecurity

 

IoT is a big new risk! One huge thing to monitor in infosec is your “attack surface,” or how many things you have that are exposed to the internet. So when you have your toilet and your toaster online, it’s going to make it possible for someone to hack into your toaster. Not only will they be able to burn your toast…but they could also pivot and hack into all of your bank accounts.

Final Thoughts

 

If you want to get started on infosec, just start messing around and trying stuff online. Get out there and start building your knowledge base, because you never know what might come in handy later.

As Simeio’s Vice President of Product, Abhi is a CyberSecurity leader and product management executive with 10+ years of repeated success in security innovation, helping Fortune 500 companies build industry-leading IT Security capabilities, and grow business value through improved customer engagement with initiatives like digital transformation.

Recognized by industry analysts Gartner for building the world’s most capable Identity as a Service (IDaaS) platform in their 2016 report; Winner of the 2017 Small Business Innovation Challenge in Canada for demonstrating leadership in security innovation for mobile IAM solutions; and member of team that built the market-leading role management product as recognized by Forrester Research & Gartner, by being the first to apply data science principles to CyberSecurity in 2007.