How A Career In Cybersecurity Can Help College Students Pay Off Their Loans

Students who are fretting about paying off their college loans probably aren’t thinking too much about cybersecurity. But they should.

Sera-Brynn Executive Vice President Heather Engel will discuss how a career in cybersecurity can pay off for college students at an Oct. 22 conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Engel’s talk is titled, “The Next Generation of Cybersecurity — Why Cybersecurity Will Help You Pay Off Your Loans No Matter What You’re Majoring In.” She will be speaking as part of the 2015 Security Awareness Day conference at Gordon Commons on the UW-Madison campus.

Sera-Brynn is the top-ranked cybersecurity firm in Virginia and ranked No. 16 in the world, according to Cybersecurity Ventures global list of the top “500 Hot Cybersecurity Companies to Watch in 2015.” The recognition for Sera-Brynn coincides with the firm’s expansion into the international market with clients in Asia and Europe.

Engel said her message to students will be that they have a job in cybersecurity no matter what they’re studying. “Business, accounting, insurance, public relations — you don’t need to be a math or computer science major to work in the hottest field around,” she said.

The CEO of Symantec was quoted recently as saying that the demand for the cybersecurity workforce is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019. But he said there’s also a projected shortfall of 1.5 million workers. The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report tabbed a shortage of information security professionals at 1 million at a time of rising cyberattacks and data breaches, according to

At Sera-Brynn, Engel provides risk management and business intelligence to clients across a wide variety of industries. She has more than 15 years of experience in risk and compliance, system integration, disaster recovery, security policy, and security testing and evaluation. Engel holds numerous industry certifications including a CISSP and is a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.

Engel will be speaking from 11:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and will be among about 10 speakers at the conference, including Steve Cooper, CIO at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Conference organizers say they expect to have more than 500 people attending, including students, faculty and staff from nearby Madison College and Edgewood College. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

To interview Engel or for additional information, contact Matt Sabo at Consociate Media at 804-815-5246 or by email at:

About Sera-Brynn
Sera-Brynn is based in Suffolk, Va., and is a global cybersecurity firm that counts among its clients Fortune 500 companies. The company assists clients in securing their computing environments and meeting mandatory industry and government compliance requirements. Services include penetration testing, incident response, security consulting, managed security and other assistance. Sera-Brynn focuses on prevention to keep clients, their businesses, customers and lives safe from cyber-related threats.