Let me start by welcoming you to my website. My name is Jesus Maldonado, but I go by Jesse. This website is made specifically to bring you along my journey to one day becoming a part of the cybersecurity sector. This main page will be about my journey up to this point in time, plus future goals that I aspire to accomplish. The blog page will have semi-daily updates of the current things I am learning about and in addition, cybersecurity news that I find interesting and want to share with you. The resume page is self-explanatory, my resume is up to date and there will be more details about it located on the bottom of the page. I understand this website can be used for passive reconnaissance and social engineering information, but I feel this is also an important way to correctly communicate with the world. So, without a further ado, let’s jump in!
I am a young (non-simulation) individual that was born and raised in Texas. At a young age I deconstructed a lot of electrical toys and made simple fans from the parts that I had gathered. Unfortunately, I could never figure out how to put everything back together once I took them apart. While going through school in my early years it was clear I had a talent for mathematics, and I had also grown an interest in science/physics. My 4th-grade teacher swore I was going to become an astronomer one day due to my fascination with space. Even though I did not go down that path, it is still a big interest that I have, so much so that I would like to one day work for Space X..
Throughout middle school and high school, I was a part of the band program. My directors had a huge impact on me and has made me into the person I am today. They taught me how to have a good work ethic, to always work towards my passion, and to have never ending dedication in everything I do. They pushed me to always reach to the next level and to not stay content with my skills. I ended up learning five instruments, got accepted into a Drum Corps Organization and competed on a state and national level, after a season they promoted me to section leader (I led fifteen Baritone players). I completed all of this in four years, many band students do not make it passed the audition room when competing on a spot of a Drum Corps. I cannot stress this enough; band is one of the reasons why I have so much dedication to better myself constantly
Next is college, I was accepted into Texas A&M, one of the top colleges in Texas. I majored in Mathematics in hopes to eventually switch over to Aerospace engineering. I loved the history and culture that A & M had to offer. However, I had second thoughts if Aerospace was what I wanted to do as a lifelong career. Due to the uncertainty of my future goals, I took a break from college and joined the US Army. While attending college I was a part of ROTC, so I was comfortable with joining the military. I then became a military reservist as a power generator mechanic, that is also when I started my job at spectrum as a Technical Support Agent
I will skip the fine details of my work experience, that can be found on the resume page. Nonetheless, I would like to say that all my work experiences have helped me figure out what I want to do for my career. I had an epiphany while working at my K-9 security job, I had a passion for technology and security, so it only made sense to combine the two and pursue a career in cyber security.
I was still working as a K-9 security officer when I made the drastic decision to quit and go to school full-time. I attended an accelerated IT school owned and operated by Rackspace Technology, one of the most well-known technology companies in the industry. For the first time ever, I felt confident in the choice I made for my future. I completed their Linux System admin course, since it was geared for individuals new to the IT space, and graduate in mid-2019. After this, I narrowed my focus to cybersecurity.
I would like to thank you for listening to my personal journey up to this point. I would like to shift to my future goals and where I see myself in the industry.
My goal is to work for a company that values my growth and sees me as a valuable asset. In ten years, I see myself managing a Team Red cybersecurity group. My five-year goal is to be a part of a purple team, knowing how to defend and test security systems. My current goal is to join a SOC team. For the past year, I have been working diligently towards this goal. I earned four IT certifications so far with intentions to get two more by the end of 2021.
I have finally found something that really excites me and gives me purpose. If you want more details on what I’m currently working on and towards, check out my blog post and resume section
Thank you for making it this far and giving your time to learn more about me. I’m not just an individual looking to get into a lucrative career but someone that genuinely gets excited about the world of cyber. If you want to reach me for any specific reason, please see my resume section as there will be multiple contact methods. Thank you for your time