Meet Security Operations Center Expert at DeepSeas, Timothy Carr

May 15, 2023

We had the pleasure of interviewing a Security Operations Center (SOC) expert at DeepSeas, Timothy Carr. In the interview below, Timothy shares what drew him to the cyber defense industry and his role at DeepSeas.

Hi, Timothy. Can you share a bit about what drew you to a security operations center expert role in the cyber defense industry?

I started my cybersecurity career in the Army when I joined the 126th Cyber Protection Battalion. I was drawn to cybersecurity, because I wanted to help combat the rising threat of both low-skill “script kiddies,” as well as Advanced Persistent Threats that pose a significant risk to our national infrastructure, such as the medical field and power grid. I deployed with Task Force Echo III, where I assisted in cyber operations from all four branches of the military. 

How does your Security Operations Center expertise enhance the ability of DeepSeas to protect our clients?

Through both my military and civilian careers, I had a wide range of cybersecurity experiences, which I brought with me to help protect our clients at DeepSeas. As a SOC Analyst, I use my expertise to monitor our clients’ computer systems and networks for suspicious activities and security breaches to prevent unauthorized access, theft, damage, and other cyber threats. We use various defense tools, such as intrusion detection/prevention systems and host-based security systems.

Some of the attempted breaches we identify most often are malicious phishing emails. These emails contain either embedded links or attachments that attempt to steal the user’s credentials, which a threat actor could then use to gain access to the target’s systems.

What single piece of advice would you share with a CISO to improve her/his organization’s cyber defense posture?

CISOs should invest in proper cybersecurity training for all employees. The human element is nearly always the biggest weak point in any cybersecurity system.

In my seven years as a cybersecurity professional, I have committed to continuing education by receiving the following certifications: COMPTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker, DCITA Cyber Protection Team, and DCITA Intermediate Cyber Core.

We’re fortunate to have Timothy as a Security Operations Center expert at DeepSeas and thank him for sharing a bit about his expertise. Come back to meet more of our DeepSeas cybersecurity experts in future issues of our “Meet Our Deeps” series.