Information Security Team Lead,
- Where are you from? Puerto Rico
- What is your educational background? I have an B.S. in networking and telecommunications and a M.S. in information security and assurance.
- When did you start at the Bank? 2013
- What do you do at the Bank?
I have been an information security engineer for three years and recently was promoted to Information Security Team Lead. In this role I am overseeing a team responsible for protecting the Bank from various cybersecurity issues. Most of our work revolves around defending our systems from network attacks, viruses, malware, spam, phishing and other intrusions. We also perform tasks such as incident response, computer forensics, investigations, and security analytics.
Another very important aspect of our work is awareness. A well-educated workforce is a critical component to any comprehensive security policy. We work hard to make sure that the Bank’s employees understand how cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility and how they can stay safe. Our job involves teaching everyone how to detect potential threats and what measures they can take personally to protect the organization. We conduct regular training to spread the message and make sure our employees are updated on the latest threats.
- Why do you like working here?
The first, is people. The level of talent here is impressive. Not a day goes by where I’m not impressed by someone who is an expert in his or her field and gives 110% to help us achieve our goals. The second is management support. In my role I am surrounded by great people leaders who value employees and make sure we have the tools we need to do our jobs in an efficient manner. This makes a big difference.
- What makes for a successful Chicago Fed employee? The Bank’s culture is very welcoming. Someone who will succeed here must be approachable, have a strong desire to help, be a good communicator, and look forward to interacting with others towards achieving common goals.
- What do you do in your free time? My main hobby is cars. I have a show car I take to shows and enthusiast gatherings from spring to fall. It’s a great way to get away from the daily routine and meet people.