One of the best pieces of advice I received was to find ways to give back. As a little girl in Sunday School, I learned to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. That belief grew into a professional goal as I began to seek ways to do for others. Investing in people has an extremely high rate of return and a high level of warm fuzzies. Investing in kids is one of the best ways to invest in the future, so I wanted to use my knowledge of information security and privacy to help protect kids from online threats. I am so thankful the NCSA, McAfee, and the women of EWF feel the same way. At the 2010 and 2011 annual conferences, a group of EWF volunteers from numerous companies joined with me to teach more than 1,200 middle school students how to be safe online. It was a great way for a conference to give back to the local community.
Another good piece of advice shared with me was to know why you do what you do. Recently, I took a suggestion from Harriet Pearson of IBM to heart and wrote out my 15 best work moments ever. I was surprised that only two of them had anything to do with winning an award or recognition. Most of them involved persevering when I was told it could not be done, thinking outside of the box, and helping others. One of my favorite work moments was helping a small business owner recoup losses suffered after an account compromise. It was difficult to identify what went wrong, but rewarding to reach a positive outcome for both the customer and the bank when we finally did. Everyone wants to think their job matters. This was a rare opportunity for me to actually see the difference I and others from my agency made. It truly was a good day at the office.
The winner of the 2011 WOI award in the Corporate Practitioners category is Michelle Nix, Director of IT Risk Management with Juniper Networks.
Nix's role with Juniper is to act as a business and IT partner to articulate, measure and track business and technology risks to support informed decision making and maturation of the technology risk posture of the organization. Michelle has been in this field for 8 years and prior to Juniper was at McKesson managing a team which oversaw the IT Risk Management program for the $100 billion US Pharmaceuticals division. In that role she successfully led a team to achieve 4 ISO 27001 certifications in 8 months.
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