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The Axonius Employee Spotlight is a Q&A series dedicated to shining a much-deserved light on the movers and shakers building the fastest growing cybersecurity company ever. You can read past Employee Spotlights here.
This month we’re spotlighting Memori Hill, cybersecurity assurance analyst. Based out of Pennsylvania, Memori started at Axonius in December 2021.
Kathleen Ohlson: Tell us a bit about your career path before Axonius. What did you do? What critical moments got you to where you are today?
Memori Hill: I've been interested in cybersecurity since high school, which led me to majoring in Security & Risk Analysis in college. However, earlier in my career, I was an executive assistant and then I became an IT security intern. After that, I started my first full-time position in cybersecurity.
The critical moment that got me where I am today is in high school when my teacher told me about the stability in finding jobs in IT/Cybersecurity. I stuck with it and here I am.
Kathleen: What about Axonius made you interested in working here?
Memori: At the time I applied to Axonius, I was at my job struggling with managing inventory. It was a very manual process. When I read about Axonius and the asset inventory management platform, I thought to myself Axonius is fixing real-world issues and they're a remote company, so I had to apply.
Kathleen: What are some of the things your team is responsible for?
Memori: At a high level, the Cybersecurity Assurance team here at Axonius is responsible for security risk management/vendor management, security documentation (e.g., policies and procedures), security awareness training, auditing, and security-related customer questions.
Kathleen: What’s a favorite project you’ve worked on or career milestone you’ve achieved while working at Axonius?
Memori: I've been at Axonius for less than a year, but a career milestone I've achieved during this time period would be leading the vendor management process.
Kathleen: What advice can you offer to someone looking to take on a role similar to yours?
Memori: The advice I would offer someone looking to take on a role similar to mine is to connect with IT professionals in your network or reach out to IT professionals on LinkedIn. This will really help you decide which IT track you want to pursue. Initially, I wasn't sure which track I would like to stay on because I have professional and educational experience in a few different tracks under the IT/Cybersecurity umbrella. But after talking with other IT professionals and learning more about their jobs and how they got there, I realized that security governance, risk, and compliance is what I would like to continue as opposed to the more technical side of cybersecurity.
Kathleen: If someone reading was interested in joining Axonius, what should they know about working here?
Memori: If you're interested in joining Axonius, apply! Axonius is a great place to work. Axonius encourages growth, and we have a very supportive culture/community professionally and personally. In addition, we have several Employee Resource Groups that aim to provide an inclusive and diverse environment for all employees.
Kathleen: OK, now time for some fun! I’m going to ask you a series of rapid fire questions about yourself to help our readers get to know you a bit better.
Let’s go! When you log on in the morning, what do you tackle first?
Memori: Going through emails and responding to emails or tickets.
Kathleen: What helps you focus?
Memori: Knowing I have a lot to do and a deadline I've set helps me focus and be more productive, especially a to-do list for the day.
Kathleen: How do you deal with stress?
Memori: I take deep breaths, or stop what I'm doing and take a break to deal with stress.
Kathleen: Favorite way to spend your weekends?
Memori: With my family and catching up on sleep.
Kathleen: What's the last great movie you saw?
Memori: The most recent new movie I watched was “Thor: Love and Thunder.” I enjoyed it because I saw it with my family and we all love Marvel. Plus, Thor is my second favorite Avenger.