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Alumni Q&A with Ralph Killebrew '16

Master of Cybersecurity Management, Class of 2016

Ralph Killebrew

Employer: Spectrum

Job Title: Senior Internal Auditor-IT

Undergraduate Degree: BS, Information Science Computer Technology

How has your Master's degree helped your career? My master's degree helps me by allowing me to think critically and learning from the collaboration with others. Additionally, I would say my master's from Washington University has allowed me to bridge the gap between the "Geek Speak," if you will, and senior leadership.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? Obtaining my CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification

Who was your favorite professor during your program? I can't really say I had a favorite. I believe when the program was being created, they hired a rockstar group of instructors. Each one lives and breathes the subject they teach, and I learned a lot from each and every last one of them. I truly I like all of the professors in the cybersecurity program at WashU, but if I had to pick one, it would be Ozzie Lomax (risk management).

What was your favorite course and what was the biggest insight you gained? They were all great classes, but my favorite course of the program was Crisis Communication. It taught me how to stay calm under loads of pressure and to communicate an effective and concise message. The simulation was awesome as well.

Best piece of advice for future student: Be ready to be challenged, be ready to work hard and be open to collaborating with others.

Ultimate long-term goal: My long-term goal, which I hope will not be too long from now, would be to become a chief information security officer.