Cyber Security

Code + Cybersecurity - how 'bout it?


Remember how I mentioned in my last post that learning to code/program has many benefits and pathways to success? Well, one area of which I'm very familiar is Information/Cyber Security. Some of those skills, such as, being detailed oriented, analytical, and methodical play a major role in most disciplines of Cybersecurity. 

The field requires professionals to have deep technical knowledge, to be eager to examine under the hood, to keep abreast of the threat landscape and prevent (if possible), detect, analyze, and mitigate issues of which one faces. Due to the dynamic and fast paced environment, automation ("automate all the things", as we tend to say) is paramount. Althouth many professionals have coding experience, being that we are stretched thin, we aren't always in a position to code as often as we'd like. So, automating "all the things" becomes automate "some of the things", until we get time for the rest. This does not even include the core development work that we need to enhance our security offerings. 

If one wants to reverse engineer malicious software (malware), it is vital for him/her to understand the code and the way it functions in order to conduct proper analysis. 

Application Security is ever growing, software will never stop having vulnerabilities and adversaries interest in exploiting those vulnerabilities will only increase. So, having the skills to be able to contribute to the secure development life cycle makes you a valuable asset. 

I've only briefly touched on a couple areas where your skills may be valuable, but the list is lengthy, so imagine the possibilities. 

The industry is hungry for talent and there simply aren't enough knowledgable professionals to fill the available roles. So, when considering career paths after learning to code, consider Cybersecurity.

JOURNi is raising $50,000 to make sure that Detroit girls have the opportunity to follow in Quiessence's footsteps and blaze their own trail in tech. By donating $16 to our #DetroitGirlsCode campaign, you can support one hour of coding for a future girl techie! 

Quiessence Phillips: Polished Exterior, Techie Interior

Our lovely co-founder Quiessence Phillips is a Cyber Security professional with 10 years of experience working within the financial industry. She is also the creator of Securing Your Path - a community of women in Cyber Security. She is active in the tech community and has made significant strides in exposing youth to the world of technology through previous work with Urban Tech Alliance, Black Girls Code, and Qeyno Labs. Quiessence is a mom, mentor, coder, hacker, strategist, and change agent; and her personal motto is 'Polished Exterior, Techie Interior'. To learn more about her awesome ventures, check out

Interested in how your development skills can catapult you into a career in Cyber Security? Quiessence will speak about her firsthand experience that has helped her become a success with her cyber security career this Friday during our launch event at MASH Detroit. RSVP here and join us for the panel!