Week 3: I’m Worried?
For those who have kept up with my cybersecurity series, welcome to the chaos. If you missed last week's recap, you can check it here: https://dijah.medium.com/week-2-elimination-e102af33b1f7
First, let's start with some good news. I made it past week 3 elimination round, so that's good news. I received my certificate early this time (this Friday to be exact). Eliminations are going to happen every week going forward now. If you don’t have a certain amount of points based on attending the mandatory meetings and submitting the assignments.
I want to get something off my chest about this internship. When I got introduced to this internship, I thought the point of this internship was to gain hands-on experience to get cybersecurity jobs. However, it has been only learning about security concepts such as basic cybersecurity concepts, MITRE ATT&CK framework, and now Splunk. No practical assignments so far. Don’t get me wrong every cybersecurity professional should know these concepts, but job applications care about experience. You get all the degrees, certifications, etc. Right now, experience is on top of the list. That’s why hiring managers get excited when you mention having a home lab, working on a blog, or learning cybersecurity skills on tryhackme or hackthebox.
To be honest, this internship is disappointing so far. Hopefully, practical experience is coming soon. I am not the only person feeling this way about the program. There are others who feel the same way about this as well. He had to address it in the mandatory meeting. He told us the same thing as before. If we came to this internship expecting that, then this internship is not for you. Also, he told us to look at the advanced task if we wanted the practical experience. First of all, the cybersecurity internship didn’t state the only way to gain practical experience was to do the advanced task. The advanced task wasn’t mentioned in the application for this internship. Second, I never look at the advanced task because I thought the advanced tasks were more offensive cyber security-based. This internship focused on defensive cybersecurity, which I am interested in and is the reason I applied for this internship in the first place. Finally, I guess I have to look at the advanced task to get more out of this internship.
After addressing the interns' concerns, he tells us that we are working on a free tryhackme room for week 4. That is something new and exciting. He answers some questions and ends the call. That’s it. The meeting ended. Hopefully, he takes the feedback and introduces more tools to gain new cybersecurity skills.
The important task was learning about Splunk. Every cybersecurity professional especially defensive cybersecurity should know what Splunk is and why it is important. Splunk takes unstructured data and extracts the information that is important to your business needs such as application issues, user behavior, security, hardware maintenance, etc. Splunk is a useful tool for cybersecurity professionals because you can analyze large data, detect malicious network activity, and quickly respond to threats as soon as they occur. Here is a resource to learn more about Splunk: https://education.splunk.com/course/what-is-splunk. This is a great resource if you are preparing to take the Splunk Core Certified User exam.
Thank you for reading my week 3 post about my cybersecurity internship. Please follow along for week 4. Here is the link to week 4: https://dijah.medium.com/week-4-karma-46febab1c758