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Featured STL Networking Student for November 2018

Featured STL Networking Student for November 2018

November 15, 2018 in Featured Students / by Hannah Gerstner

Jon Beckner




Hello, my name is Jon Beckner and for the last few years, I have worked in the restaurant industry as I completed undergraduate and graduate studies. As I worked my way up to a management position I learned valuable skills such as adaptability, planning, organization, teamwork and communication that I feel will enable me to succeed in this field. My educational background includes a bachelor’s in criminal justice and sociology, as well as progress towards a master’s in criminology with a focus in cybercrime.


Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: Although my educational background is quite extensive, I lacked the technical training needed to pursue my dream job in Cyber-security. Having already graduated from a 4-year program and began working on my masters, I wanted to achieve this training in a much more appropriate time frame. Once I learned that I could complete Centriq’s IT training program in just 4 months, I knew it was the right fit for me.

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: I think it’s safe to say my favorite week of class was Security+ week. Some of the subject matter was in perfect correlation to what I had already learned as a student of Cyber-crime and Cyber-security, however, there was still a lot more material to help further expand my knowledge on the subject.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: My short-term goal is to get my foot in the door by landing an entry-level security position. Once I’ve achieved that I plan on making myself as valuable as I can to my employer and work my way up to a Cyber-security Analysts or perhaps another role within Cyber-security.

Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: My love for computers and more specifically technology stems from an era of competitive gaming in the latter part of high school and first couple years of college. While in college I have had the opportunity to take courses such as Crime Scene Investigation, Digital and Computer Forensics as well as Cyber-criminology which helped set the path towards pursuing a career in technology. The technological environment is always advancing; thus, cybercrime will continue to become more prevalent in society, and I want to be one step ahead of cyber-criminals by helping keep critical infrastructure and data secure.