The monthly member spotlight is an opportunity to learn more about a leader at one of our member companies and showcase the work they are doing. This month we spotlight Deborah Washburn, Director of External Security Testing Services at Digital Boundary Group. Learn more about Digital Boundary Group in our Member Directory.
Name: Deborah Washburn
Title: Director, External Security Testing Services
Company: Digital Boundary Group
Digital Boundary Group is an IT security assessment and penetration firm.
What is your role and what is your favourite part of your job?
My role is to provide external penetration tests to our customers, support the onsite assessment team, and recruit, hire, and mentor staff.
If you could have coffee with any business leader or industry expert, who would you choose, and why?
Brian Krebs – I’ve followed him for years. His posts and talks are technical but are well understood by technical executives. My team and I are guilty of being able to communicate with technical peers, but when it comes to explaining it so everyone can understand, we can fall short.
What is the #1 business book/blog/website you would recommend?
This is a hard question to answer. But I start every day reading The Hacker News.
Looking at your company’s future, what are you most enthusiastic about?
Mentoring staff and watching them become highly successful IT Security experts.
What excites you most about the local tech community?
The size and the diversity of London and surrounding areas our tech community. I recently inherited the role of SalesForce interim administrator. Through meet up groups and blogs I was able to get up to speed quickly and relatively painlessly.
What causes or community activities is your company involved in?
Too numerous to mention. My favorites are our supporting Hackathons, Reforest London, and our upcoming cook a meal for Ronald McDonald house.