SSG Lydia Seaborn, Cyber-Network Defender

Staff Sergeant Lydia Seaborn is a U.S. Army Soldier and a Cyber Network Defender. She is in charge of keeping Army data systems safe and secure. Hear her story.

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(Lower third) Lydia Seaborn

Cyber-Network Defender I’m Lydia Seaborn, I’m a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army Reserve, and I am a 25 Delta which is called a Cyber-Network Defender.

I came into the Army Reserves after my active duty service.

I was assigned to a unit that did cyber security. They trained me and I did intrusion analysis and detection for my Army reserve unit.

What I think interest me the most it’s something that’s always changing.

It’s always evolving the way that you process data, the way that you

protect it, the way that you use it to exploit things.

When I was 18, just out of high school, I never really had a strong goal or dream about a career.

I had a couple of ideas of what I was going to do next, but no big picture.

With the reserves, the same as with the Army I was able to take advantage of tuition assistance. I didn’t even have to use my GI bill I just used the tuition assistance that’s available.

Everything that I’ve learned in the Army and all of my career progressions becoming a senior advisor where I am now within a large government agency and none of that would’ve been possible without the Army and without the training that the Army gave me.

And it was a real honor to find out that I was actually the first female Army reservist that actually had attended the course. I was one of two females that was in a course at the schoolhouse, and the first Army reservist to get the distinguished undergraduate award as well.

The Army, both active duty and in the reserves I learned a very wide spectrum of different specialties and skills.

One of my favorites I’m really diving into doing data forensics and malware and doing reverse engineering for it.

My training in the Army provided me lots of opportunities with my civilian career.

The future with cyber security and IT was a great field to go into because it’s not going anywhere.

The future of the Army and cyber command is strong, and it’s only going to continue to get stronger.

Technology is advancing; it’s going to always advance and it’s going to always be here. Threats are going to keep coming and we need to make sure we are able to protect our nation.