Women in Cybersecurity Spotlight: Ashli Pfeiffer, Information Security Specialist

 

Ashli Pfeiffer, Manager Information Security & Compliance at Tevora.

 

What has been your favorite project so far?

Thus far, my favorite project at Tevora has been the rewarding opportunity to work hand in hand with the Consultant Development Program and our amazing team of mentors!

 

How do you define success?

Being happy with who you are and what you choose to do.

 

Where do you see the cybersecurity industry going in the next ten years?

This industry will continue to change rapidly, and I believe we will see a rapid increase in the need for individual-focused cybersecurity needs to be met – this could mean more requirements for consumer-facing technologies, or simply more products/solutions for individuals to purchase to secure their own personal networks.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face being a woman in this industry?

Like most male dominated industries, being female creates a variety of potential hurdles. For me, the most challenging is when male counterparts brush off my success as being attributed to “meeting a quota”, rather than focusing on my work – often I am faced with misattribution of my success to the idea that “they have to have some women at that level” instead of my diligent work and broad skill-set.

 

Best tips to find balance between your work and personal life? 

The best way to find balance is to forget the idea of perfect balance. Life and work come in waves, sometimes it’s going to suck, and sometimes it’s going to be great. I find that setting a few non-negotiable aspects of my personal life helps, with the understanding that I must be flexible on how I get these. For example, working out is NECESSARY for me, but some days I need to skip to push through deliverable’s and client needs, so I simply try to stay moving in the day and do extra workouts in the following days if possible, to offset the change in my schedule.

 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Growing up my sisters and I made short films and were part of a few children’s film festivals!

 

Women in Security Lunch Event:

Ashli is moderating our Women in Security Luncheon later this month! If you’re interested in attending, please visit: https://tevora.us/2mI8NM4