If crime shows like CSI or the real-life scenarios that play out in information technology (IT) departments everyday have lit your interest in cybersecurity, Marjoria Cox knows the feeling and offers a suggestion if you’d like to act upon it.
“I would highly recommend (Macomb’s) program to anyone considering cybersecurity as a career,” offers Cox. “It is a very cost-effective program and the professor makes it a fantastic experience.”
“A great cybersecurity program”
Cox graduated from Detroit’s Osborne High School in 2000 and earned a certificate in Computer Technology and Electrical Systems from Phoenix University. She is completing her last semester at Macomb before transferring to Oakland University to earn a bachelor’s degree in IT. She’s a single mother of three daughters and is employed full time as an information technology (IT) manager with Welker Engineered Products. With no time in her busy schedule for back tracking, she did her homework before choosing a career path.
“Research showed Macomb has a great cybersecurity program,” said Cox, noting that it is one of the few to have earned the National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. “Even considering having to make changes and adjustments due to the pandemic, it’s been wonderful.”
Since she already works in IT, cybersecurity was a natural fit for Cox. In Macomb’s IT-Network Security Professional (Cybersecurity) program, she is learning how to build a defense against cybersecurity threats, including how to configure firewalls and intrusion detection systems, safeguard digital assets, analyze threat risks, use encryption techniques and evaluate security issues.
In other words, it’s been exactly what she was looking for.
It’s all about combatting cybercrime
“The most interesting part about this field is that you are able to fight crime and terrorist attacks while just sitting in front of your computer screen,” offers Cox, who worked in IT for Ford, GM, Volkswagen and Verizon before her current position. “I hope to specialize in network defense,” which would include detecting, monitoring, analyzing, preventing and defending against any and all cyberattacks on a computer network.
Long intrigued by counter-hacking techniques and the use of cyber-based technologies to combat terrorism, Cox’s interest was heightened by watching such television shows as Person of Interest, Scorpion and the entire CSI franchise.
“I’ve grown more and more fascinated with cybersecurity by watching these shows,” said Cox. “Now I want to apply my own knowledge and skills to stop hackers.”