Lucy Moreno, Information Security Associate at Tevora.
What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite type of projects I have participated in are the Critical Control Assessments for our clients – during my first two assessments I was exposed to one company with great controls in place and one with the complete opposite, it was great to be able to witness the difference we can make as consultants for the security of our clients.
How do you define success?
I feel successful when I feel happy. It doesn’t really matter what the type of job I’m working on, or if I’m even being compensated – as long as I feel motivated for the cause I’m working for, I will feel successful.
Where do you see the cybersecurity industry going in the next ten years?
I can only see it growing exponentially, the Internet of Things continues to grow, leaving room for many security vulnerabilities. The more aware people become of how critical online security is, the more this industry will continue to expand at a rapid pace.
What are the biggest challenges you face being a woman in this industry?
A personal challenge is that many times I feel underestimated by others, and in turn, it makes me second guess myself and my capabilities. I can feel very capable of taking on tasks but as soon as I hear other people’s negative opinions, I tend to believe their way is better – even in situations when I’ve been correct.
Another challenge is that I feel like I need to prove my knowledge in order to feel like I belong in a technology job since women are so scarce in this industry.
Best tips to find a balance between your work and personal life?
This is something I am still trying to manage a lot better. I personally try my hardest to stay away from screens outside of work, I really enjoy doing anything outside, biking, hiking, camping, rock-climbing, or even just taking walks, and that really helps me to stay grounded and helps me strike a balance between my home and work life.
Do you have a favorite motto or quote to share with us?
“We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives. Were we to step back, however, and take a good look at what we’re doing, we may find that we have immersed ourselves in the ‘thick of thin things.’ In other words, too often we spend most of our time taking care of the things which do not really matter much at all in the grand scheme of things, neglecting those that are more important.”
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I was born in Mexico!
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