“Compliance is always a balance between minimizing risks and maximizing business operations,” says Michelle Maitland, SecureStrux’s Senior Lead Compliance Analyst. “But, it’s not always black and white.”
Michelle started in IT a little over 20 years ago. Before she joined the cyber field, there wasn’t much cyber security in the commercial realm, and so she got free range to do what she deemed necessary, including the freedom to attend conferences and other events where she could dive even further into learning about cyber security and its importance in a safe society. Michelle believes that cyber security is important in our society because cyber security not only provides protection personally, but also for society as a whole.
Michelle has also been involved with The Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS) for the last seven years. Michelle recommends that any industrial security professionals join NCMS, especially if they’re particularly interested in commercial compliance.
For the month of March, SecureStrux is highlighting the wonderful women of cyber, and why it’s important for them to join the industry. Michelle, in response to this focus, told us that her journey as a woman in cyber/tech has been an uphill battle.
Studies have shown that women are attracted to the flexibility some jobs provide. Cyber security falls in this realm and although the number of women found in the cyber security field is definitely increasing, Michelle would love to see an even bigger increase in the coming years. “Diversity is so important,” Michelle says about needing more women in the industry. “My advice to women,” she says, “is to just go for it. Worry about what you want.”
Michelle began working for SecureStrux due to its authenticity. At one time, people said they could provide no opportunities for her. But now, Michelle feels as though there are more women in cyber than ever before—and that their voices are finally being taken seriously.
SecureStrux, LLC is a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Cybersecurity Firm that provides specialized services in the areas of compliance, vulnerability management, cybersecurity strategies, and engineering solutions. We offer a comprehensive range ofservices that provide clients with proven methods and common-sense approaches to secure their data, build trust with their clients, and remain compliant with DoD, Federal, and Commercial cyber governance.