SOC Intern Yearbook

SOC Intern Yearbook

Meet Ingalls Information Security Interns! We thank each of them for all their hard work and dedication.

Our interns represent an incredible diversity of skillsets and backgrounds. They are already accomplishing amazing things, and unquestionably include tomorrow’s cybersecurity leaders.

If you are humble, hungry, and smart, and are interested in a cybersecurity internship, we want to hear from you. Please monitor our careers page or follow us on LinkedIn for the Intern job listing.

Joseph Sparks

Joseph Sparks - Fall 2019

Joseph is a Cybersecurity Training Consultant at RangeForce. In that role, he assists Cybersecurity professionals of all levels find the right training program for themselves, as well as for their teams. When he's not at work, he enjoys cooking, working out, and using the RangeForce platform to further his own skills.

Individual Quote: Do something, even if it’s wrong. But don't just sit there and do nothing.

Testimonial: Working at Ingalls was a very key moment for my career, and I certainly wouldn't be where I'm at if it weren't for the experience I gained at Ingalls. Everyone was able to keep things fun and lighthearted, but never taking away from the gravity and importance of our work. I would highly recommend Ingalls to anybody of all skill levels, and should expect a very warm welcome as well.

Brendon MayhallBrendon Mayhall - Fall 2019

Brendon graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Engineering, was hired at Ingalls as a SOC analyst intern, then promoted to a Tier I SOC analyst and then was promoted again to a Tier II SOC analyst. Brendon now works in the Ingalls Engineering team.

Individual Quote: Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

Testimonial: The SOC was a great place for me to experience a wide variety of cybersecurity concepts and technologies. Being surrounded by so many knowledgeable people with years of experience allowed me to see how cybersecurity works in the real world and not just how it is taught in the classroom.
Here at Ingalls, the people really believe in getting the right person in the right spot. For me that meant making the switch from the SOC over to the engineering team where I have been able to continue to grow in my capabilities and get closer to realizing my true passion in cybersecurity. Ingalls is an amazing place to get your start in cybersecurity for many reasons including their ability to recognize potential in people and facilitate their growth in any aspect of the industry.

Anna Weeks

Anna Weeks - Fall 2019

Anna is from Baton Rouge, then went to Louisiana Tech from 2017-2020. Anna graduated with a degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing her MBA. After Ingalls, Anna started working in the casino industry doing data analysis. She currently works for Penn National Gaming/Barstool Sportsbook doing analysis and statistics.

Individual Quote: Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. – William E. Gladstone

Testimonial: I loved my experience with Ingalls! It was my first real job in something related to my major, and I learned so much about cyber security as well as professionalism. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging, even as I moved on to a new role that would suit me better. I am so thankful I got to be a part of such a genuine company full of so many smart people.

Hunter Landry

Hunter Landry - Winter 2020

Hunter is from Houma, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana College in spring of 2021 with a BA in Computer Science and Web Design. Hunter was hired on full-time by Ingalls in June of 2021 after being an intern since January of that same year.

Individual Quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Testimonial: My time as an intern at Ingalls really opened my eyes and gave me some invaluable insight into what it is really like working in the field of cybersecurity. When I first started my internship I truly felt completely overwhelmed and extremely underprepared in many aspects of the field. However, with a lot of time, some very hard work, and the amazing people here I slowly began to grasp the information and concepts that seemed so foreign to me at the start. The time I spent as an intern here at Ingalls, along with the people who helped guide me along the journey, cannot be overestimated. I owe where I am in my current cybersecurity career to Ingalls and their amazing internship program.

Kenny Buller - Spring 2021Kenny Buller

Kenny is a former Army National Guard Medic and has spent 14 years as a Paramedic. He is self-taught in the fundamentals of SecOps, was hired by Ingalls as a SOC analyst intern, and then quickly promoted to a T1 SOC analyst. Kenny is now training as Tier 2 SOC analyst.

Individual Quote: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

Testimonial: When I started at Ingalls I had no formal IT experience or training, and I wasn't sure I had what it took to succeed. Thanks to my team's personal investment in my success, it wasn't long after I started working here at Ingalls that I realized I was right where I belonged. I am confident in the team I am working with and I feel like each one of the analysts I shadowed was personally invested in seeing me succeed.

Leah McKechnie - Summer 2021Leah McKechnie

Leah recently received an AAS in Information Technology Cybersecurity and a Criminal Justice Technology Homeland Security Certificate and is a WiCyS Scholarship recipient. Leah also has an Education Specialist degree and a Masters of Education. Leah successfully completed a SOC analyst intern program at Ingalls Information Security.

Individual Quote: You have a story, and I'd like to hear it.

Testimonial: I was only halfway through my Cybersecurity program at the start of my internship (Summer 2021). I had many questions and every team member took the time to explain the "why, what, and how" to me. In addition to learning a tremendous amount of technical information during my internship, I loved getting to know my SOC mates. It was really cool to work in a place where different backgrounds are valued and seen as an asset. I have never experienced teamwork like that. The company culture and people make Ingalls unique. I highly recommend the Ingalls Internship Program.

Sean Scully - Summer 2021Sean Scully

Sean is a Security Operations Center Analyst at Ingalls Information Security. He is a privacy advocate and cyber enthusiast and enjoys using his skills to contribute to keeping the internet a safer place. Sean graduated from Delgado Community College in 2021 with a Degree in Computer Information Security. His most recent accomplishments include being awarded the CompTIA Security+ and passing the eJPT exam.

Individual Quote: Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth - Arthur Conan Doyle.

Testimonial: The internship at Ingalls confirmed for me that I belong in cybersecurity. I was confident that being a SOC analyst was the career that I wanted to pursue, and Ingalls really encouraged and fostered that passion. I'm honored to be a part of such an awesome team.

Mariel Klosterman - Fall 2021Mariel Klosterman

Mariel is a Cybersecurity Analyst and a Network and Security Administration student at Dakota State University. She is passionate about security and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills by presenting at professional groups and conferences, appearing on podcasts, and creating training and learning opportunities for middle and high school students.

Individual Quote: If you could flick the lights in your bedroom about twelve billion times a second, in a specific order, you could in fact suddenly play Skyrim in your bedroom.

Testimonial: One of the best compliments I can give a job or internship is that it is what I expect it to be. If I expect to learn certain skills, and I learn those skills, I consider it a slam dunk. Through this internship, I was able to gain the technical skills I was looking for, see how a security operations center runs, learn other aspects of the job, and work with passionate cyber professionals.

Dave Londono - Winter 2021Dave Londono

Dave is a husband, a father of two children and three Doodles, and a 23-year Air Force veteran. Upon retirement, he realized that he had never truly given it much thought on what goes on "behind the curtain" and how information is kept secure. To that end, with the support of his family, he decided to embark on a second career as a Cyber Security professional.

Individual Quote: I'm going to need that broken down Barney style. You're not going to hurt my feelings, I'm here to learn!

Testimonial: From the very beginning of my internship, I knew that this would be an outstanding team to join, even if for a short time. The internship allowed me to dip my toes in Cyber Security by observing how a SOC operates and what Tier 1 analysts do on shift. Using the "crawl, walk, then run" methodology, I was exposed to various tools and considerations that are key to ensuring customer networks are monitored around the clock. As with all good things, my internship came to a close however that was not before I gained a solid foundation on SOC operations, a wide span of knowledge gained through study, and wonderful connections with Cyber Security Professionals. Without a doubt, this opportunity has actively provided me with a path forward into Cyber Security!

Colton Thorsen - Winter 2021Colton Thorsen

Colton is currently a Computer Science student at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. Looking to broaden his knowledge surrounding all things IT, Colton jumps at any opportunity presented his way. He hopes to gather all he's learned by the end of his career and support the generation that supersedes his by aiding in eliminating cyber threats and assisting when things get predictably unpredictable.

Individual Quote: I like firsts. Good or bad, they're always memorable. - Ahsoka Tano

Testimonial: Beginning my internship at Ingalls, my expectations were all over the place. I had never had any hands-on cybersecurity experience prior to it. It's one thing to learn about it and another to actually do it. Luckily, my time at Ingalls taught me that lesson, as well as countless more. Flexibility, responsibility, and communication are core values that Ingalls has instilled in me and I recommend that every cybersecurity student look to Ingalls for advancement in their careers.

Aiden Thaxton - Winter 2021Aiden Thaxton

Aiden is studying at the Louisiana State University of Alexandria. Outside of the IT realm, Aiden loves cars, making music, and video games. Aiden enjoys cybersecurity because it makes him feel like he is truly making a difference.

Individual Quote: Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford

Testimonial: This internship was an awesome experience and I would definitely do it again if I could. Before my time at Ingalls, I had no experience in cybersecurity whatsoever, so the knowledge I gained here was invaluable. The team, atmosphere, and culture at Ingalls is unmatched and I loved every second of it.

Selaelo Makhura - Winter 2021Selaelo Makhura

Salaelo is studying Computer Science at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. He originates from South Africa and has just started working in the field of Cyber Security.

Individual Quote: Mistakes are normal, embrace them.

Testimonial: I thoroughly enjoyed working as an intern at Ingalls. The company was very welcoming and it is filled with great people. I wish Ingalls nothing but the best and I hope to stay in communication with the people I met.

Jessica Willoughby - Winter 2021Jessica Willoughby

Jessica is a freshly-minted Cybersecurity Analyst with a background in project management and client services. Operating with a passion to build trust between the technical and non-technical relationships in cyber and information security, she utilizes her talent of bridging gaps in communication and organization with the intent of creating content of value.

Individual Quote: Don't be afraid to risk success.

Testimonial: With Ingalls, I have achieved a new level of focus in my cybersecurity career. Having this environment that both welcomes and challenges me as an entry-level professional has been phenomenal.

Candace Respress - Winter 2021Candace Respress

Candace is a Security Operations Center Analyst at Ingalls Information Security. She is an advocate for education, growth, and innovation. She is excited about the opportunity to contribute to serve by protecting and securing privacy and data through technological means. She is a graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology Cyber and Network Bootcamp. She also holds a Masters of Education in Leadership from Thomas University.

Individual Quote: What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

Testimonial: The Ingalls SOC Internship was amazing. The atmosphere at Ingalls allowed me to blossom confidently into a SOC Analyst with a great passion for the field. It confirmed my area of interest as a blue teamer and encouraged me to continue to grow and learn. I am beyond honored to be a part of such a wonderful team.

Xavier Ellis - Winter 2021Intern-Xavier-Ellis

Xavier is currently a graduate student studying Cybersecurity at Kennesaw State University. He graduated with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and then decided he needed a change. Xavier currently resides in Atlanta and has noticed how it’s quickly becoming a tech city.

Individual Quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Testimonial: Ingalls really opened my eyes on the actual workday in the CyberSecurity realm. Everyone was very helpful and understanding because I was new. The experiences and skills I have gained from Ingalls will help me succeed in this field. I will forever be thankful for Ingalls!

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