In the world of cybersecurity, there are many specialist roles for many varied tasks. Adversary Emulators who provide a “sparring partner” for untested systems and programs. Security Analysts who examine systems for security vulnerabilities and monitor them, and Security Engineers who provide them the tools and means to do so. Software Security Engineers who design and program firewalls and breach-detection systems.
But, like any combined effort, none of it is accomplished quickly, easily, nor at all, without logistics and support-staff. And that’s what IT Engineers provide: general-purpose aid with password-recovery, account-creation, and account-resets on private systems, as well as fixing computer-hardware problems. Sometimes, they even install firewalls and various security-systems. They are the custodians and groundskeepers of the cybersecurity world, hence their workplace being called the Network Operations Center (NOC). The IT Engineers of the Leahy Center answer client-requests, and internal roadblocks, for all of these issues, and more, daily. Let’s hear from some of them, now…
From Tanner Weinacker:
Hello all! My name is Tanner Weinacker and I am a Network Systems Engineer at the Leahy Center. As a systems engineer, my job is to work alongside a magnificent team of other, talented engineers to maintain and support the network infrastructure of LC and clients’ systems, alike. From managing permissions in various software throughout the domain to troubleshooting switches and firewalls, our team strives in a constantly-changing environment.
I chose to work as a Network Systems Engineer at LC because of the experience that I gain, every single shift. My knowledge is constantly expanding and rapidly evolving with every task or client I work with, here. As a senior, I feel that the work I am doing at Leahy Center is preparing me well for the next phase of my life.
From Nick Hall:
My name is Nicolas Hall and I’m a senior Computer Networking and Cybersecurity student at Champlain College. I work part-time in the NOC, at the Leahy Center. My main responsibility is to provide technical support to the systems and network-infrastructure of the Leahy Center and its clients. Another part of my job is going on-site to client locations to deploy network switches and firewalls. I chose this position because it gives me relevant, real world experience in IT, in-line with my Major.
In the world of cybersecurity, and the world we live in, at large: you never solve the big problems without first solving the small ones. At the end of the day, somebody has to build that bridge if you want to march your army over the river. Without your friendly neighborhood IT Engineers, very few problems in the world of industry would get solved in a timely fashion, and the jobs of other cybersecurity and digital forensics specialists would be made twice as difficult. The Leahy Center’s own IT Engineering team are always ready to lend a hand, within and without.
Written by James Kallenbrum ‘23 // Professional Writing