Meet Jennifer : Security Engineer, EMEA
Jennifer has been with Tenable for over four years and has been promoted three times since starting as a Technical Support Engineer. Since then, she has moved up the ranks as a Senior Technical Support Engineer, Technical Lead, Customer Success Manager, Associate Security Engineer, and finally Security Engineer where she is now working full-time. Jennifer is extremely driven, passionate, and a self-motivated individual with the commitment to achieve and overcome challenging issues. She strives for the highest quality of service and personal approach, whatever position she is in.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women's Day for me is a moment to stop and take stock. I like to make a point of reviewing my achievements and the achievements of my colleagues, male or female, when it comes to providing equal opportunities, supporting structures and goals. IWD is an opportunity to measure myself specifically regarding what I've done for women this year and how I can do better next year. I plan, I create goals, I agree to do things that push me outside of my comfort zone and I one-up on the last year.
Why did you choose Tenable and the cyber industry?
I chose Tenable because I wanted to get into Security. It intrigued me. I like the fast pace of the Industry, the constant Cat & Dog chase. I knew that I would never get bored working in Cyber Security. There wouldn't be time for that. I also know that this is where all the quick-thinking and imagination would be. When the time came to accept the position, I was fortunate enough to have the option to choose between Tenable and another company based in Dublin at the time. The reason I chose Tenable was because of the people. These people -- now my colleagues -- are so passionate about what they do and the part they play in the greater cyber exposure picture. This gives me life day after day after day and makes coming to work something I look forward to. I absolutely made the right choice that day and I have no regrets.
What makes you proud to be a member or supporter of Women@Tenable?
Women@Tenable is a group of immense diversity. We are not just 'women in tech'. We are a public-speaking, creative-thinking, logic-driven, solution-providing, awe-inspiring, non-judgemental power source. There is such a warmth and support among the Women@Tenable group (not exclusive to women by the way!) that it is one of the few places where I feel comfortable airing my shortfalls, my raw ideas and my failings because there is always someone there that has another perspective on these things and can offer some guidance and experience when it's needed most.
What’s your #1 piece of advice for women working in tech?
Know your worth. I can't say this enough, and it's not about money. Know your bottom line. What are you willing to accept? In your work, in your colleagues’ behaviour, in your company's behaviour. Don't accept an inch less than that. You are working in your role because you earned it and you deserve it. Don't ever let anybody make you feel like you don't belong. If they do, it's a sure sign that you've rocked their boat, and they feel threatened by you. Remember that. Keep the higher-ground.
Tell us about a woman who inspires you and what you’ve learned from her (can be personal, public, current, or historical).
For me it is a colleague from a previous workplace. My sense of self-worth was low due to a toxic work environment. This woman saw me so very differently than I did and I had such admiration for her skills and her knowledge. She respected me and acknowledged my talents. She encouraged me. She taught me to see myself the way she saw me and eventually because of that, I took the leap. I left the toxic workplace and sought out better. That was four years, three promotions, and one role-change ago. I'm pretty sure she has no idea the impact she made either. She would deny it had anything to do with her at all. But for me, she was the deal-breaker. Thanks Dee Dilly!