Meet Christiana, Junior Cybersecurity Analyst

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Meet Christiana, Junior Cybersecurity Analyst


Christiana answers questions and give you some insight on what it is like to work at Criterion as an early career professional. All of our open positions can be found here.

Please describe your job: What do you do?

As a junior cybersecurity analyst and part of an Assessment and Authorization (A&A) team, I ensure updates to organization security controls are accurately documented and communicated to the Policy Official in a timely manner. I support the creation of the Quarterly Security Assessment Reports for the IT security program, review security controls for the customer organization’s Ongoing Authorization, and update changes in Cyber Security Assessment and Management (CSAM). I also collaborate with team members on the improvement processes of all customer deliverables.

What are your favorite tools to help you to get the job done?

CSAM, Nessus, and Microsoft Office.

What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?

Time management is essential to being effective in my role. With the present pandemic, and as a mother of two working remotely, distractions are inevitable, so I try as much as possible to prioritize all my tasks on my to-do list. This helps me manage my time effectively and also meet customer demands and important deadlines.

What do you like best about your job?

What I like most about my job is the people I work with. Over the past months, my team has built strong bonds that have helped create an advantageous work environment that promotes integrity, honesty, excellent work ethics, and delivering great value. The team members are good team players, approachable to help with any question, give clarity when needed, are fair, and provide feedback and credit to deserving people.

What advice would you give to someone looking for their first job?

One piece of advice I can give is to choose a career mentor. A good mentor will not only help keep you on the right career path, they can also guide you in finding a great employer that will give you an opportunities to grow and progress within the company.

Bonus: What was the weirdest job interview question you were ever asked?

If you were given a chance, would you sabotage a colleague’s career to climb up the ladder?