High profile breaches, like Target, are just the tip of the
Our CEO Patrick Dennis discussed the state of cybersecurity
with students at the National Technical Institute of Deaf, who are
participating in their first-ever forensics boot camp.
“There are many more breaches that people never hear about,”
Patrick said. He believes that the number is much higher and that it is more
likely there are at least 90 million breaches per year.
Attacks are becoming more sophisticated and cybercriminals are
customizing their attacks to the organization that they’re targeting. At least
60 percent of organizations will be successfully attacked or targeted this
The cyber landscape is also constantly changing. For
example, the number of devices attached to the Internet is increasing.
“If it attaches to the Internet, it can be attacked and
everything is connected to the Internet,” Patrick added.
Companies are also shifting to doing more business
digitally. However, there’s an estimated $3 trillion in lost revenue because
companies can’t digitize fast enough due to security issues.
Today’s Cyber Job
There is a major labor shortage in the IT security industry,
Patrick told the students. Thousands of jobs are going unfilled. “There’s an
opportunity for you today,” he said.
According to a project conducted by the Stanford University
Journalism Program, more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the United States
and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years. The demand for
information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through
“You’re picking up the industry’s hottest skill set,” he
The Road to CEO
“I didn’t have the most traditional path,” Patrick added.
After his father had a heart attack when (Patrick) was in
high school, he decided to go to college closer to home. He ended up working
full-time at Eastman Kodak while attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
“I believe things in life happen for a reason,” he suggested.
He started out as a developer, eventually transitioning into
sales. He worked at Oracle, where he led the development of Oracle’s commercial
business in North America. Patrick went onto become senior vice president and
chief operating officer of EMC’s Cloud Management Division.
“The path to CEO is not so straight,” he told the students,
later adding, “I think it’s important to have goals but you never know what’s
going to happen.”
He also stressed the benefits of traveling and experiencing
different cultures. Patrick has visited at least 20 different countries.
“Traveling gives you a greater appreciation for
communications and dealing with diverse people,” he said.
Patrick also encouraged the students to embrace the ideas
they come up with while at NTID, noting that his most inventive years were when
he was younger.
The inaugural National Technical Institute for Deaf (NTID) forensics
boot camp kicked off this week with a day-long training session. Throughout the
week, students will have the opportunity to learn more about digital forensics,
including Guidance Software’s suite of EnCase products.
On Monday, participants met with Scott Van Nice, an NTID
alumnae and computer forensics manager at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Scott
discussed his career path, offering advice to the students on navigating the
When Scott interviewed at P&G, although he asked for an
interpreter, one was not available. Working together, they were able to find a
compromise – Scott and the interviewers used his computer to communicate.
“Sometimes things go wrong and you have to find a way to
make them work,” Scott told the students.
Although he had been planning to take a trip to Europe,
Scott decided to accept an internship at P&G. He told the students that
they will sometimes have to weigh short-term gains versus long-terms gains to
After his internship, Scott accepted a full-time position at
P&G. While there, he worked hard to ensure that the company can accommodate
his and other people’s needs. He helped push towards a central fund for
workplace accommodations at P&G – as opposed to having each department pay
“You need to become your own advocate,” Scott said.
During his career, Scott earned his law degree and began to
work in electronic discovery and computer forensics. However, he recognized
that communication in the workplace was a challenge. Working with P&G, who
helped him identify how to succeed at his peak, he was able to have a more
vocal role – addressing team meetings – and eventually was assigned a personal
interpreter. Currently, he is on track towards a Master’s in Informatics and is
interested in insider risk which involves studying how to better protect
internal data from malicious employees, third parties, or business
During an interview
about his experiences at P&G, Scott noted: “P&G recognizes that
everyone is different, but what they bring to the table is exceptional.”
NTID is the first and largest technological college in the
world for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The college was established after President Lyndon B.
Johnson signed the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act. The bill
provided for the establishment and operation of a co-educational,
post-secondary institute for technical education of persons who are deaf or
hard of hearing.
Total of 1,413 students enrolled as of fall 2015.
Undergraduate: 1,167 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, 151 students (enrolled
in ASL-English Interpretation program).
Good news: Now you can learn the latest browser artifacts and peer-to-peer sharing applications in our newly recorded EnCase OnDemand Advanced Internet Examinations course. Examiners who take this updated class will leave equipped to understand user activity and recover evidence critical for your investigations.