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CCSP Spotlight: Tim Weil Cybersecurity Professional

Featured interview in the ISC2 CCSP Online Blog (March 2017)


How did you decide upon a career in cybersecurity?

Working in the telecommunications industry through the dot-com era, my core networking skills became less valuable when I obtained the CISSP in 2003. In the federal sector, I worked as a contractor for more than 10 years for more than 10 agencies, specializing in governance, risk and compliance (FISMA/FEDRAMP) and later ISO27001. Cybersecurity as a career, for me, evolved after 10 years in software engineering and 10 years in network engineering and program management.


Why did you get your CCSP®?

I wanted to validate the past five years of industry work that I had done with cloud security companies and systems. Also, as a professional in my mid-sixties, I wanted to challenge myself with a new course of study from (ISC)².


What is a typical day like for you?

In support of our production systems for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) and Offender Tracking Management SaaS platforms I provide the following services on a daily basis -

  • Cross-functional IT project manager to our DevOps teams with special project emphasis on security initiatives.
  • Project manager / coordinator for ISO 27001 & HIPAA implementation projects
  • Internal auditor (ISO 27001 / ISO 9001)
  • Cloud security architect - cloud migration strategies (Azure PaaS services)
  • Evaluate and recommend Cloud Security products (CASB, Threat Intelligence, Application Security, Vulnerability Management scanners, 3rd party penetration testing services)


Can you tell us about a personal career highlight?

In 2014 I was honored by IEEE-USA for my “Professional Achievement for Individuals” for providing conference management (IEEE GLOBECOM/GREENTECH). As Chair of the Washington DC IEEE Section (2009) I developed a 50-year history of engineering and science in the nation’s capital. This electronic archive is available through the IEEE History Center Technology Wiki. Finally, Also, I served as the senior security manager for the National Science Foundation U.S. Antarctic Program from 2010-2012.


How has the CCSP certification helped you in your career?

The certification has given validation to my industry experience and leading edge technology solutions. I was also happy to continue my affiliation and membership with (ISC)² in the form of a second certification. In my position as ‘Securing IT’ editor for IEEE IT Professional magazine I have also benefited from the CCSP curriculum in editing and contributing professional journal articles in cloud topics - Cloud Application Security, Cloud Compliance Requirements and Cloud Data Security Cloud Design Requirements


What is the most useful advice you have for other cloud security professionals?

A good sense of humor will serve you well in the new world of cloud computing. It’s important also to have a strong understanding of the virtualization technologies and vendors that enable cloud-based computing/storage/networking/memory management solutions. Words of advice – ‘avoid vendor lock-in’ in your evaluation of Cloud Service Providers.

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Tim Weil is a Security Architect/IT Security Manager with over twenty five years of IT management, consulting and engineering experience in the U.S. Government and Communications Industry.  Mr. Weil's technical areas of expertise include IT Security Management, Enterprise Security Architecture, FISMA Compliance, Identity Management, and Network Engineering. Mr. Weil is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served in several IEEE positions.