I am on the technical research team and I manage the data breach team. We have about five people in Lisbon that record breaches that you see in the news and that we request through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I approve their work, and I send FOIA requests to various attorney generals’ offices for breach notifications that they get. I do those requests myself, and the team records them into the BitSight portal.
What is your background and how did you get into cybersecurity?
This was my first job out of college. I’ve been here almost four years – I started March 2016. I got my undergrad in criminal justice, and then I got my master’s in criminal justice with a concentration in cybersecurity. Once I was a few months into my master’s I started applying to different companies in Boston; BitSight got back to me, and I’ve been here ever since.
Did you plan on going into cybersecurity?
Going into college I was undecided, and I took a criminal justice class to see what kind of majors I’d be interested in. I really enjoyed it and stuck with that. I thought about whether I wanted to be a police officer or a lawyer, but when I got accepted into the master’s program my advisor suggested that since I already had IT experience I should go into cybersecurity. It’s a rapidly growing field, and it’s always changing so it was really interesting to me.
If you weren’t working in cybersecurity, what would you like to be doing?
Probably investigative work or something like that.
If you could switch your job with anyone else at BitSight, whose job would you want?
Anyone on the labs team, because they see different vulnerabilities and deal with the bad guys!
What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?
I like going to Celtics games and going to concerts. The best concerts I’ve seen in Boston were Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band at Fenway.
Where was your last vacation?
I went to Disney! I went to EpCot, Animal Kingdom, and Universal – Universal was my favorite.
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
I guess the most important thing I’ve learned is that mistakes happen and they aren’t the end of the world. You just have to pick your head up and learn from them. It sounds cliché, but it’s true!