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Developing Your Career in Cyber Security: Q&A with Howard Shin

  • 27 November 2019
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Developing Your Career in Cyber Security: Q&A with Howard Shin
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Coursera’s Senior Application Security Engineer Howard Shin will be taking your questions on the topic of developing a career in cyber security. 

Between now and 8 December 2019, reply to this post with your questions about working in different cyber security domains, how to improve your cyber security skills, and getting hired into various cyber security jobs.

Howard will answer as many questions as he can during the following week.

About the Q&A Host

Howard Shin is a Senior Application Security Engineer at Coursera, where he works on securing the services that Coursera provides. Before Coursera, he worked as a cloud security engineering manager at Oracle, reviewing and testing different cloud services Oracle offers. Howard enjoys participating in various CTF (Capture The Flag) events and, as a new Courserian, exploring Cyber Security courses in Coursera. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned an MS degree in Information Security Policy Management.

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Tagging a bunch of people here who have asked or answered questions about cyber security here in the community! Maybe you’d like to ask Howard a question or two? 

@swaraj, @Ivan Ignatiev, @RahelAG, @McCloud77, @goodwillsandy, @Muhammad Faizan, @idelossantos30, @Amar Kumar, @WaqasGilani, @Manoj Kumar, @Luis Gerardo Ayala B., @Ali Wajd, @Hafiza Munshi, @Silentbychoice, @sushant_19, @MLarouche, @Amjad, @kavin boss, @legioneroff, @gaius, @aqei, @youngdestinya, @Beck2785, @Jerviso, @kennedymasiye1

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Thanks, @Laura  for adding up in this post.  I would like to know the road map to being a Cyber Security expert. If you can provide guidance on this Mr Howard Shin it will be very helpful.


Hello Howard,

According to the latest workforce study from ISC2, the global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 145% to meet the ongoing demand. In the U.S alone, the cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 60%. Moreover the unemployment rate for cybersecurity professionals in close to zero. Based on this information, I would like to ask you the following:

  1. What would you suggest someone starting out do to obtain a position in cybersecurity? Someone looking to pivot into the field?
  2. What are the biggest misconceptions you hear about the cybersecurity field? 
  3. This is an opportunity for institutions like Coursera. What is Coursera and partners doing to address the cybersecurity gap in a timely manner?

Thank you,

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thank you @Laura  for mention me to this post.

Hi Howard,

i would like to ask you few things. first, im 21 years old, just graduated from my dip, in Network and computer Tech. But my interest is cyber security and ethical hacking field. i need to improve my skills and find a good career one day.

  1. So, advise me what are the courses that i need to take?
  2. i need to know the pathway success my ambition. 
  3. and how to find a better career?where? 

thank you. :metal:


I am interested in social engineering field. What are the opportunities in this field? How is it structured? 


My background: I am in edtech industry, working as a learning experience designer. Before that I worked in business.

My education is BA International Affairs + EdM Technology, Innovation and Education


Do I need to be a hacker first to be the best security engineer in the future?

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Cordial Greetings,


Happy first of December to the whole community, that this month be with a balance full of many goals achieved and new projections for this next year, also thanks @Laura for the mention, very appreciated.

It's a pleasure to meet a such dedicated person with a high level of knowledge as Mr Howard Shin, my regards to him and thank you for taking the time to give advice and share your experiences for those who are interested in this field, such as cybersecurity is.


This aspect has become very fundamental due the new aspects of how technology has evolved in these terms, we have seen that is not only based on access codes, but also on aspects such as fingerprint, facial or voice blockage reoccurrence, to the point that new ways have been sought for generate new alternatives on this, and it can be said that cybersecurity doesn't only give value to data protection, as well as other benefits for those who make use of them, such as:

- Reduction of impacts by knowing in depth our vulnerabilities and risks.
- Ability to offer a greater guarantee and security in the service to our clients.
- Increase in company and brand image value.
- Increased security in the company, as far as internal procedures and confidential information are concerned.


Saying that, for those entrepreneurs who have large amounts of data or interested in use this more deeply, could you tell us about the importance of conducting security audits and what types of security audits they could perform?



Thanks for your attention with all of us.