NPower Stories: A Conversation with Alex Martinez

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ITSPmagazine’s Sean Martin and Selena Templeton chat with Alex Martinez, a graduate of NPower’s advanced Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program and a Triage Analyst in the Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) at Bloomberg.

NPower is a national nonprofit organization that helps launch digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities by teaching the digital and professional skills demanded by the marketplace. And 80% of NPower students get jobs or continue their education after the program.

Alex shares his story that starts with a passion for computers from a young age. In elementary school he had the opportunity to write a small script in Notepad and run it in Command Prompt so he could access certain applications that were locked down. He would watch YouTube videos to learn – because his motivation was just that he wanted to play games and access them!

After graduating high school, he couldn’t find a job because everyone required more experience than he had, so he looked for an organization to help him get more experience – and found NPower.

NPower’s cybersecurity program is a 24-week program with 14-week hands-on, in-class experience plus 12 weeks of paid internship. During his time here, he completed his Cyber Security Analyst (CySA+) and Linux+ certification and interned at the New York Times for about 10 weeks where he was a system administrator.

Cybersecurity is part of our daily lives  – everyone has a smartphone, everyone has a laptop, everyone has a smart TV. So that, of course, opens a whole bunch of attack vectors. So being aware is greater than knowledge.
— Alex Martinez

He also received mentoring and learned soft skills: communication, public speaking, discipline, self-motivation – which helped a lot in transitioning to Bloomberg.

Take a listen and get inspired by Alex’s story!

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About Alex Martinez

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Alex Martinez is a graduate of NPower’s advanced Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program, which landed him an internship at Bloomberg LP that deepened his knowledge of information security. In this role, Alex also successfully created and hosted a CTF (capture the flag) hacking competition, earning him a one-year contract with the company. He was recently hired full-time at Bloomberg as a Triage Analyst in the Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) and is pursuing a SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) certification.

Prior, Alex completed NPower’s Tech Fundamentals 22-week program where he secured an internship at the New York Times as a Linux/Unix system administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Le Moyne College as well as CompTIA A+, Linux+, Network+, and Security+ certifications.

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