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Navigating Digital Security: In-depth Insights with UAT’s Tristen Vaughn

I’m Tristen, a Senior Student & Career Services Advisor at UAT. While my role primarily revolves around guiding students towards their career paths, my interest in cybersecurity runs deep. Let’s dive into some key insights about my perspective on cybersecurity and how it shapes my approach to personal and professional security.

My journey into cybersecurity began with a keen awareness of the importance of protecting digital assets and information. As a Senior Student & Career Services Advisor, I’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of cyber threats on individuals and organizations. This awareness fueled my desire to delve deeper into the world of cybersecurity.

To me, cybersecurity is all about safeguarding digital assets and information using various methods and techniques. It’s about staying one step ahead of cyber threats and ensuring that sensitive data remains secure at all times.

Current Projects and Digital Security Precautions

While my primary focus is on advising students and assisting them in their career endeavors, I also actively implement security measures in my own digital practices. I employ different passwords for different systems, utilize mixed methods of authentication, and often opt for 2-factor authentication for added security.

While I don’t follow any specific cybersecurity news outlet, I stay informed through various channels and occasional readings. When it comes to handling phone scams, I employ different tactics depending on the situation, from screening calls to occasionally wasting their time if they catch me on a bad day.

I believe that the future of cybersecurity will see advancements in technology and more sophisticated security measures to combat evolving threats. However, it will also require heightened awareness and proactive measures from individuals and organizations alike.

In terms of personal security, I prioritize measures such as choosing strong passwords, implementing 2-factor authentication, and staying vigilant against potential threats. I also advocate for the implementation of additional security measures at our school, such as increased camera surveillance and stricter security protocols.

While I believe our school is generally a safe location, I recognize the importance of continuous improvement and proactive measures to enhance security. For non-cyber students, I encourage them to choose secure passwords and offer resources on cybersecurity awareness and best practices.

When it comes to someone looking over my shoulder while working, I handle it with diplomacy. I politely ask if they need assistance and may politely inform them if I need privacy to complete my tasks.

In conclusion, cybersecurity is not just a profession but a mindset that shapes how we navigate the digital landscape. By staying informed, proactive, and mindful of security best practices, we can all contribute to a safer online environment.

Interview Conducted by UAT Student Alexis Sloan, Connect and Learn more LinkedIn STEM for Kiddos Instagram @stem_for_kiddos

To learn more about Tristen Vaughn, connect with her on LinkedIn.

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University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona

Cybersecurity Program

UAT’s cybersecurity degrees are recognized for their excellence, with programs including undergraduate studies in Network Security, Network Engineering, and Technology Forensics, as well as a graduate program in Cyber Security. These programs are designed to propel graduates to the forefront of the industry, equipping them with the skills needed to become ethical hackers and cybersecurity professionals. The undergraduate Network Security degree emphasizes proactive techniques to protect information systems against potential exploitation, covering areas such as penetration testing and the development of exploits for identified vulnerabilities​​​​.

Business & Innovation Programs

UAT offers advanced degrees focusing on the intersection of technology and business, aiming to foster innovation and leadership skills. These include Business Technology, Technology Innovation, Technology Leadership, and Technology Studies, each designed to prepare students for leadership roles in technology-driven environments​​.

  • Business Technology (BS)
  • Technology Innovation (MS)
  • Technology Leadership (MS)
  • Technology Studies (BS)

Creation & Simulation Programs

For those interested in the creative aspects of technology, UAT offers degrees in Digital Maker and Fabrication, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics and Embedded Systems, and Virtual Reality. These programs are geared towards students looking to innovate in digital creation and simulation​​.

  • Digital Maker and Fabrication (BS)
  • Human Computer Interaction (BS)
  • Robotics and Embedded Systems (BS)
  • Virtual Reality (BS)

Alexis Sloan

Hi! My name is Alexis Sloan. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado but currently out in Tempe, Arizona attending The University of Advancing Technology getting a bachelors degree in network security and network engineering and in the future pursuing a masters in technology leadership. I have a project called STEM For Kiddos running, in GeekRho (student council) here on campus, President of Gardening Club, and anything else to keep me busy. From dying my hair to studying to crocheting at the end of the day I am happy to be here and have the opportunity to interview fellow students and bring awareness to others about cybersecurity. I hope you enjoy the insights from others within the blogs.