CNIT 10: Careers in Computer Networking

Fall 2014 Sam Bowne

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75569 501 Lec T 06:10-09:00PM MUB 271
Meeting dates: 8-26, 9-16, 10-14, 10-28, 11-25, 12-9.

Students in CNIT or considering a career in CNIT are strongly encouraged to take this class. This is your chance to learn what networking professionals really do, how they succeeded, and what they learned.

This is a seminar course. Visiting speakers who are working in Computer Networking will talk about their careers, skills, training, and opportunities in the field. They will also answer student questions. Grading will be based on attendance of the talks.

Catalog Description

Introduction to new technologies and employment opportunities in computer networking and information technology. Guest speakers currently working in the field describe the goals, working conditions, pay levels, and training required to succeed in the field today.

No prerequisites or advisories.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of the principles of computer networking, network administration, and security
  2. Describe modern jobs in computer networking and information technology
  3. Identify areas of greatest importance in the current information technology business environment
  4. Apply and assess knowledge of the information technology industry in making educational and career choices


Tues, Aug 26 First class meeting: Orientation &
Tim Ryan, Technical Operations Manager for CCSF

Tues, Oct 14 Eric Courville
Verizon and
Founder of the Northern California PowerShell User Group

Tues, Oct 28 John Alexander, Senior Product Manager, CloudPassage

Tues, Nov 25 Tim O'Brien, Director of Security Threat Intelligence & the founder of DarkWolf Labs at Norse Corporation

Tues., Dec 2 Nicole Perlroth
Technology reporter for The New York Times

Tues, Dec 9 Matthew Linton, formerly at NASA, now at Google


Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien is the Director of Security Threat Intelligence & the founder of DarkWolf Labs at Norse Corporation, the global leader in live attack intelligence. As an fifteen-year information security professional, he has been called upon to be the subject matter expert in risk and incident management, intrusion and data analysis, secure architecture design, and systems management. Tim is well versed in developing technical solutions, determining the best options for the business and its goals, and developing comprehensive implementation plans that minimize risk for the organization. Tim’s excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships among technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions while reducing risk. He enjoys mentoring others and helping them develop their skills through supervisory positions, coursework development, mentoring, presenting at and helping run information security conferences, as well as instructional positions.
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