In his 3-year tenure at Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta headquarters, Geoffrey Cole has already made a big impact in the company’s cybersecurity posture. Starting in systems engineering, Cole then moved to managing the endpoint security suite for both the corporate hub and satellite restaurants, and now works as a cybersecurity consultant for the company at the support center in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A serves communities across the country with more than 2,400 restaurants, operating as one of the largest family-owned businesses in the United States. Cole embodies the company’s philosophy of helping others through his personal mission to bridge the gap between business and IT by modeling emerging threats and providing informed risk assessments to project owners. He strives to build security measures that are better for business; creating efficient processes that reduce the threat landscape without compromising on business demand for speed and ease of access.
Read on to see how Cole has quickly begun to make his mark in the cybersecurity industry.
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* What was the value you received from attending and presenting at CB Connect?
CB Connect was a very valuable conference from both a business perspective as well as personally. As a young professional, it was valuable for me to meet with senior security professionals, learn from them and gather unique perspectives on how I can better support my users, the business and the community. From a business perspective, it was helpful having my peers and the Carbon Black team around because we were able to brainstorm and identify ways to better support our users. The conference solidified our positive relationship with Carbon Black and our appreciation of the Carbon Black products we use today. * What's one piece of advice you would want to share with someone trying to start a career in cybersecurity?
If you want to succeed, you need to be agile. In this industry, you and your peers must be able to adapt and swiftly respond to the evolving threats to your organization. In addition, the more you learn, the more you will be able to grow. Having a healthy relationship with your peers and collaborating with and learning from people who may have more experience than you will positively influence your ability to practice security and make effective, agile decisions.
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