Last time, I spoke with Cyber Czar founder Sorene Assefa. She’s passionate about raising cybersecurity awareness in South Africa.

This time is really special because I got to chat with Tripwire’s own Cindy Valladares. She really recognizes the importance of valuing people with information security talents.

Kim Crawley: What do you do and how did you get into cybersecurity?

Cindy Valladares: I lead a rock star team of marketers at Tripwire focused primarily on what I call brand-gen (branding with a flavor of lead gen). We work on analyst relations, PR, social media strategies, customer advocacy programs, content marketing, creative services, and supporting our sales team, especially in the Federal space. I came to cybersecurity because I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with constant changes and difficult problems to solve. It’s a fascinating space where I can apply my creativity while protecting organizations from cyber attacks.

KC: Were you interested in computing when you were a kid?

CV: Well, when I was a kid, there weren’t many computers around. I was intrigued by the productivity and collaboration you could gain from it, but not necessarily about coding with it. I may be too social for that.

KC: Why is Tripwire an industry leader in securing companies’ own networks and cloud services?

CV: Tripwire is one of those iconic brands in security that people associate with trust and integrity. We’ve been in business for 21 years and continue to serve our customers by providing foundational controls to secure their environments– whether on-premise, virtual, or in the cloud. We continue to innovate as market needs change. Most importantly, I believe Tripwire is a leader in security not only because of its products but because we have a fantastic team of talented individuals who deeply care about helping our customers with (Read more...)