I am currently interning with WSFS Bank’s Operation Risk/ Cyber Security Team. I am having a unique experience in that it is quite different than the usual help/service desk internships. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that the ITWorks program was able to give me through this internship. I interact and work day to day with a team headed by the Assistant VP of Cyber Threat Intelligence for WSFS. I’m learning new things on the job each day. Each day during the internship brings about new challenges, but thanks to the skills, support, and teachers the ITWorks program has given me I feel more than capable of stepping up to deliver.
5 things I’ve learned during my internship
- Banks are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks and are attacked daily! It could be by phishing, SQL injections, DDos attacks or various types of malware attacks. All of these things reassured to me the need in society for skilled IT professionals.
- I learned what a SIEM system is and what it does for enterprise security. Security information and event management (SIEM) is an approach to security management that seeks to provide a holistic view of an organization’s information technology security. A SIEM system collects logs and other security-related documentation for analysis. Prior to interning at WSFS I had no idea banks and other organizations had these systems in place. WSFS’s network security team implements and makes the most of this system using a SIEM called LogRhythm.
- I learned what a virtual sandbox is for computer security. A sandbox is a security mechanism for separating running programs. Sandboxing is frequently used to test unverified programs that may contain a virus or other malicious code, without allowing the software to harm the host device. This a valuable tool for all network security teams.
- I learned what a Threat intelligence platform is and its importance to network security. Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) is an emerging technology discipline that helps organizations aggregate, correlate, and analyze threat data from multiple sources in real time to support defensive actions. I’m currently working with a TIP called “Intsights” in which I monitor daily activity for incoming cyber threats.
- Lastly I learned to always remain humble and motivated. During my time in this internship I have come to the understanding that while I have gained a strong fundamental and technical understanding of IT through ITWorks, there is still so much to learn in IT to become an expert. In the field of IT security I’m motivated to grow and seeking to attain the Security+ Certification in the upcoming months.
Big thanks to all my classmates, mentors, my instructor Oliver, and all the ITWorks and Tech Impact staff for making this journey and opportunity possible.
Over 100 volunteers give their time to each session of ITWorks. Volunteer participation is what sets this program apart and what makes being an ITWorks student such a special experience. There are several ways to get involved in all of our locations: Philadelphia, Delaware, and Las Vegas.
Become a Mentor
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week for 18 weeks; in-person, via phone or email.
Host a Friday Session
Teach the ITWorks students the “soft skills” they need to succeed in the workplace.
Time Commitment: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Friday of your choice while class is in session.
Host a Lunch & Learn
Bring in food and open a discussion about your career and how you got to where you are today.
Time Commitment: One hour on any day of your choice, Monday through Thursday.
Provide an Internship
Collaborate with ITWorks staff to host a student (or two) for our capstone: a minimum 5-week internship with local IT organizations. Interns work 24 hours per week, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our volunteers are such an asset to our programs and make a huge impact on our students. Tech Impact would not be the same without them!
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