A Day in the Life – Karen
What is your title? Describe what you do.
Senior Security Specialist. Subject matter expert on implementing and maintaining security policies and procedures in all aspects of the security environment as well as mentoring other security professionals.
What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here? How was the switch for you?
The people and corporate culture. A friend recommended CSCI to me and from the start of the interview phase any employee I engaged with spoke highly in regard to the company, leadership, peers and opportunities. CSCI has a wonderful family atmosphere. I am also a boomerang employee. I returned to CSCI after a few years pursuing another venture and I would not have come back to any other company.
Both times the switch was seamless. Our security community is small, so it was very familiar to me. Like coming home to framily (friends & family).
What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?
The culture. I have worked at larger companies previously. Everyone at CSCI knows me by name and there is always an opportunity to learn, excel and lead. It reverberates with our customer base as well.
What do you like best about working at CSCI?
Everyone at CSCI is knowledgeable and professional. Both our customers and leadership make me feel appreciated for the contributions and work I do. CSCI leadership, and my security team members, are open to listening to new ideas as well as mentoring and sharing experiences to better the customer, employee and company.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications you should possess?
In the Security field you need to be self-motivated and have the ability to pivot as well as think critically. I like to say flexible people do not get bent out of shape. With the ever-changing world we live in that is part of the formula for success. Certifications and courses are available for all aspects of our career field.
What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?
I listen to everything from classical to Broadway showtunes to country to heavy metal – 70s and 80s classic rock is my favorite. I unabashedly jam out to the likes of Aerosmith, Abba, Poison, The Grateful Dead, Meatloaf, Bruce Springsteen, Pitbull, Pink and Jon Bon Jovi with my car windows down.
When things get closer to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you cannot do right now?
As of today life is slowly going back to the “before” time and I can do anything I want. I am not sure that this has not created a new normal. I would like to be able to meet someone and not think twice about a hand shake.