Day In The Life

A Day in the Life – Matt

 

What is your title? Describe what you do. 

Security Administration Manager 2. Implementing security policies and procedures in all aspects of the security environment and mentoring other security professionals.

What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here? How was the switch for you?

The people. A friend of mine was working for CSCI and called me out of the blue asking if I would be interested in applying for a Security position. She spoke so highly of the people and the company that it made it hard not to apply. During the interview, all the employees that I spoke with echoed the same high regards for their peers and the company, so it was an easy decision to accept the position.

The switch was flawless. I was already familiar with the community and my fellow employees were always there if I had a question.

What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?

I have worked in both smaller and larger contractor environments. At CSCI, everyone knows each other’s names making it feel like a family environment. If you’re willing to put in the work, CSCI is going to make sure that you’re rewarded and recognized with career advancement.

What do you like best about working at CSCI?

The people. The people make it enjoyable coming to work every day. Everyone is knowledgeable and willing to go that extra mile to get the job done.

What is an example of a success story you have had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?

My biggest success story is a team success story. Over the last 2 years the Security team has been focusing on transitioning personnel databases from the Joint Access Database System (JADS) to the Joint Access Database Environment (JADE). This transition required a lot of hours and team work to accomplish the task. Everyone on the team contributed, whether it was from manually entering individuals into the database, updating billet information, or coordinating meetings everyone worked as a team, did their part, and accomplished the mission established by the Government.

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?  

You must be versatile. Security is fluid; you may have a plan for the day with things that you want to accomplish, but at a drop of the hat a security issue can arise causing that plan to change. A Security professional also needs to be eager to learn, everyone has their own experiences that you can learn from.

A certification that is helpful is the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).

What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?

I like country music when working, but when traveling with my children I find myself listening to mostly Disney movie soundtracks.

What has helped you stay focused during this pandemic remote work situation? How have you adapted professionally?

As an essential employee I continued to report to the office everyday like any normal day during the pandemic.

When things get closer to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you cannot do right now?

I want to be able to take my family on a nice vacation that requires flying and not have to wear a face mask at the airport or on the plane.

How will this unprecedented time change your perspective?

It’s made me appreciate all the things that I take for granted daily and to keep striving forward when times are tough.