CPITS Graduates' Profiles

Seann Matthews

I’m Seann Matthews, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I grew up playing sports and fell in love with Dallas’ sport franchises, and after high school, I attended Texas Tech University where I studied political science and economics. After leaving Lubbock, I spent some time as an assistant golf professional at the Vaquero Club in Westlake, Texas, before joining the Marine Corps.

As a Marine, I honed my leadership and work ethic skills and my ability to form and communicate a simple yet effective plan. For that, I'll always be grateful for the 0330 wakeups and the 12-mile rucks. After serving and learning from leaders in an elite fighting force, I was ready to come home and use my knowledge to protect my loved ones and community. Cybersecurity seemed to be the best, most logical way for me to do that. That’s where Trend Micro came in.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity Trend and its employees have provided by investing time and resources into the program and specifically to me. I look forward to the day when Trend Micro will be as proud as I am to say I was a part of CPITS 2.

Jonathan Bulaba

My name is Jonathan Bulaba. I am a recent graduate from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Studies. I seek a position in the IT and customer service industry. I am an organized, detail-oriented critical thinker who uses these skills to help enhance customer satisfaction, I’m committed to finding creative and innovative solutions that build upon collaborative thinking and inspire relationships, and I’m a confident decision maker who approaches each situation with strong ethics and morals.

I started my technical journey as a part-time data communication technician at the University of North Texas where I gained basic knowledge of server hardware and system configurations, including web server networks. I attended to 20-plus daily complaints regarding network needs, developed solutions by creating computer architecture, and provided technical service to students and faculty in support of UNT System IT Services.

As a part of Trend Micro’s cybersecurity internship program, CPITS, I learned about the cloud environment and obtained security certifications, and I am working toward acquiring more. I received extensive in-class training in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Trend Micro solutions and learned the sales cycle by shadowing various seller roles, including account managers, pre-sales systems engineers, and post-sales systems engineers. Through CPITS, I gained real-world experience, detecting and securing environments from common vulnerabilities and cyber-threats.

I also made pro-active touch calls to customers of Trend Micro Deep Security to confirm satisfied usage and provided solutions for any issues as needed. My final project was presented to a panel of Trend Micro leaders and partners during which my team and I addressed customer’s challenges with deep security with the aim of selling our security solutions to the customer. Through this experience, I have gained new insights about how the corporate world works.

I am curious and ready to continue gaining knowledge, and I am open to any position that may fit my personal and professional skills.

Victoria Moser

Hello, my name is Victoria Moser, and I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. My interest in technology began at a young age, encouraged by my grandfather, who taught me how to use AutoCAD to design land development plans.

While I was a clinical laboratory technician at Compass Health Systems, I decided to pursue my interest in technology at Wyncode Academy. I was selected to work on a team with MiamiMade, an organization that assists startups in the South Florida area. I worked well with my team, and my communication skills helped make the project both a reality and a success.

I joined Bank of America through a vendor contract and was placed in the Global Information Security department where I assisted in closing a level 1 audit. During my time at Bank of America, I worked on audit requirements, gathered and analyzed data, wrote technical customers’ guides, and learned how to create and manage the team’s SharePoint site. I wrote the playbook for my team and was given other important tasks that helped me acquire additional experiences and skills.

My desire to pursue a career in cybersecurity prompted me to apply for the Certification Program in IT Security (CPITS) at Trend Micro. It gave me the opportunity to enhance my technical skills and acquire valuable soft skills from the staff. I learned about Trend Micro’s security products, such as Deep Security, Advanced Threat Defense, and Apex One, and acquired more knowledge about Linux, AWS, and Azure. One of my biggest accomplishment thus far has been working on a team project in which I expanded my knowledge in compliance, ransomware, and solutions for preventing future attacks.

The combinations of hard work, team management, presentation skills, and dedication helped me and my team achieve success. I am now pursuing a certification in Security+ and look forward to joining a great company so I can continue to learn and grow.

Keith Cho

My name is Keith Cho. I have an associate degree in Information Systems Cybersecurity from Collin College in Texas. In Spring 2020, I was given the opportunity to be part of Trend Micro’s Certification Program in Information Technology Security (CPITS). This was an eight-week competitive internship program, and I was one of 15 interns to receive practical, hands-on knowledge about cybersecurity and cloud computing.

The internship taught me the fundamentals of IT Security, and I received Azure Fundamental Certification and Trend Micro Deep Security 12 Certified Professional Certification. During the first half of the internship, we learned about Trend’s Deep Security training, configured network topology in Linux, and went in depth into Trend Micro’s products. We met many high-level Trend Micro professionals and heard their experiences and were given instruction on cloud technologies by trainers from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Throughout the internship, I learned how to apply many methods, approaches, and tools in order to find the best solutions. Going through the internship virtually has provided many challenges; however, through working on projects and assignments in and outside of work and meeting tight deadlines, I have developed confidence, discipline and collaboration skills.

I am now eager to take on a new challenge and am equipped to start my cybersecurity career. I am excited and determined to grow, learn and contribute to my new career. 

Waliu Hammed

My name is Waliu Hammed. I am a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, and I currently study Information Systems Cybersecurity at Collin College in Texas. I have been working for four years managing patient information in the health care domain. Concurrently, I have a part-time position working as a Security Operations Center (SOC) analyst and am an intern with Trend Micro.

The internship has provided me with a lot of opportunities in cybersecurity and Information Technology. During the internship, I gained practical experience with Linux, Networking, Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Deep Security, Apex One and Advance Threat Protection (ATD). I also became certified in multiple cybersecurity systems that include Azure, Deep Security and Apex One. 

I have years of experience in cybersecurity analysis, business management, compliance, and patient data management. My background and work experiences reflect my ability to communicate well and interact with people of great diversity. It also demonstrates that I possess strong organizational and teamwork skills. My life experience, professional experiences, and years of study have prepared me for a growing career in cybersecurity.

As your employee, I will leverage my current knowledge and experience in executing assigned duties and am willing to learn new skills, demonstrate great attention to details, and diligently carry out my duties and responsibilities. I pride myself on my dependability, hard work, patience, dedication, perseverance, and ability to work well with others.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about an exciting career opportunity.

Kristine Rufi

My name is Kristine Rufi, and I recently graduated with a 4.0 GPA from ECPI University, where I earned a Master of Science degree in cybersecurity with a focus on policies and procedures. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas (UNT) in English with a minor in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in cloud computing, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.96 GPA. While in school, I worked at Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD as a substitute teacher before accepting the internship at Trend Micro.

I recently completed a nine-week internship at Trend Micro, which provided me the opportunity to enhance my technical skills in cybersecurity and further my knowledge about Linux, Networking, AWS, and Azure. I learned about Trend Micro’s products in Deep Security, Advanced Threat Protection, and Apex One and obtained a certification in Deep Security.

During my time at Trend Micro, I enhanced my soft skills in time management, organization, and collaboration. While working on the team project, I applied my knowledge of compliance and cloud migration, which gave me the opportunity to demonstrate my good communication and problem-solving skills. I also provided good customer support to clients of Trend Micro. Additionally, my hard work, team management, and dedication helped me and my team achieve success.

Some of my strengths include: a strong eye for details, loyalty, and working well with others. I am also ambitious, patient, and a good listener. Among my goals is my desire to achieve certifications in Azure and Security+.

I am excited to begin the next stage of my career so I may utilize my newly acquired technical skills, share my soft skill strengths, and continue to learn and grow in an entry level position in cybersecurity.

Syeda Hassan

I am Syeda Hassan, and I am a cloud technology and cybersecurity intern at Trend Micro.

During the program’s nine weeks, I have gained knowledge on several technologies, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Trend Micro security solutions such as Deep Security and Apex One. These trainings have helped me acquire certifications in all of these technologies as well.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and am currently working towards my second bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. I also have an associates degree in networking and system administration, which sparked my enthusiasm to learn more about Cisco networks and Linux functionalities. I am currently learning more topics, such as Python and Bash scripting, and some automation tools as I hope to step into the role of a DevOps engineer soon. But for now, I want to learn as much as I can about the industry, and Trend Micro has opened many doors for me.

My learning has now only begun, and I am passionately working towards my goals every single day.

Daniel Pena

My name is Daniel Pena, and although my career path to IT has not been a straight one, I have gained invaluable experience along the way. I started out working at Discount Tire, but when the warehouse shut down, I felt lost. While building my gaming PC, I was inspired to find out more about technology and decided to study for CompTIA A+ certification. During that time, I came across Generation USA. The program specialized in AWS Cloud engineering, and I was introduced to Linux, Python, SQL, networking, and the core services of AWS. My goal was to find a cloud-related position, and I also taught myself skills so that I qualify for IT helpdesk roles.

My Generation USA partnership manager referred me to Trend Micro, and I was accepted into the internship. It was not what I expected. I have learned more about myself in the CPITS program than I have anywhere else. Trend brought so many speakers to share their stories, and the amount of wisdom they spoke made me look at life from a different perspective. But other than gaining wisdom, the technical knowledge gave me a better roadmap for my career. I have decided to go the Devops route, if possible, but at the end of the day, I am open to anything.

IT is like a buffet—there are just so many options to choose from. I am hungry, continuous learner, and ready to start my career!

Abdelali Eljaouhari

My name is Abdelali Eljaouhari. I graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. My talent for tech started at an early age. I’m from a first-generation American household and was often tasked with the more technical things around the house. My strong desire for tech motivated me to seek better opportunities that would better prepare me for the technical world, which eventually blossomed into a career path that led me to Trend Micro’s CPITS2 program.

Prior to the program, I worked in supply chain, health care, and nonprofit sectors. My job prior to the internship was at the George W. Bush Presidential Center as a data operations associate. I dealt with the in-house CRM hosted by Blackbaud. I was responsible for manipulating and analyzing data from queries to fulfill internal and external customer requests. Through my network, I came across Trend Micro’s CPITS program to which I applied and, shortly thereafter, got hired.

During the program, I was able to experiment with Linux, networking, and cybersecurity tools. I was also able to obtain Microsoft and AWS certifications, such as Azure-900 and AWS-SAA, and certifications for Trend Micro’s solutions Apex One and Deep Security. This program has truly opened my eyes to the tech realm, and I hope to further my career in the networking domain as a network, systems, or support engineer.

I am keen on continuous learning, and I would like an opportunity to work at a company with a mission resembling that of Trend Micro and to contribute to something with a greater purpose.