March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when we honor the vital role of women in American history.
To continue on that theme, I’d like to share a little bit about one of CSRA’s own impressive women who is definitely playing a big role in the success of our organization – Amy Howland, CSRA’s Chief Information Security Officer.
Amy was named to CyberScoop’s inaugural Top Women in Cybersecurity list. This list recognizes women who are upending the status quo and pushing cybersecurity forward in both the public and private sector. Amy and her team truly demonstrate CSRA’s Think Next. Now. philosophy as they work tirelessly to protect and defend our networks against current and future threats so that we can effectively operate and deliver outstanding service for our customers. This is an impressive achievement especially considering the fact that cybersecurity is still overwhelmingly dominated by men. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, women make up just 11 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce.
In her interview with CyberScoop, Amy reflects on the challenges she’s faced in her career and the importance of encouraging women and other minorities to pursue technology-related careers. For women already in the workforce – it’s never too late if you want to pursue a technology career. Amy actually started as an accountant performing audits for a major financial firm. Her interest in security led her to that side of the firm where she began to learn more about “ethical hacking” - the practice of attacking customers’ systems (per contract) to find their weaknesses or vulnerabilities. From there she discovered her true calling in the cybersecurity realm.
Congratulations Amy. It’s an honor to have you on the Office of the CIO team!