Last time, I got to speak with social engineering expert Jenny Radcliffe.
This time, I got to speak with cybersecurity-minded client manager Tricia Howard. I got to learn even more about social engineering from her plus quite a bit about the importance of user education.
Kim Crawley: Please tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.
Tricia Howard: Hi Kim! I’m a Client Manager for Optiv based out of NYC. I work with clients in the city and New Jersey across the entire security lifecycle to create, maintain and manage their security programs.
I have a degree in theatre arts, fell into technology on accident and am enamored with security, both personal and corporate.
KC: What accident got you into tech?
TH: I was all set to get my MFA in lighting design…. and then wasn’t chosen for the program. I had no backup plan, and I graduated with no idea what I was going to do, so I went job hunting and wasn’t having much luck. I posted a status on Facebook about how difficult it was to find a job, and one of my friends worked for a tech company and asked if I’d be willing to move up to Connecticut (from Texas originally) to do this training program. I found out about the job on a Tuesday, had an offer in my hand on Friday and moved up two weeks later.
KC: That’s amazing. Not a lot of people have good luck like that. Certainly you proved your work ethic and skill. But how you got your foot in the door was amazing luck. Just as how I’m able to write about cybersecurity for a living is also amazing luck. Our jobs aren’t easy to find.
TH: (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by Kim Crawley. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/women-and-nonbinary-people-in-information-security-tricia-howard/