Women in CybersecurityPROFILE - VICKI LEMAY
Manager, Software Development
What do you do at ThreatQuotient?
I lead one of the core platform development teams. This includes coordinating with Product on the project roadmap, ensuring that developers and QA have all the design details they need to implement and test a feature, and sometimes helping to implement the feature itself. Engineers at ThreatQuotient wear a lot of hats in general, so I also pitch in helping Support with customer bugs and write technical documentation for upcoming and existing features when I can.
How long have you worked there?
I have been with ThreatQuotient for almost four years now. I started as an API developer working on the core platform and was promoted to my current management position two years ago.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing my contributions in real time. ThreatQuotient keeps a pretty fast-paced development cycle, especially in regards to addressing customer concerns, so there are plenty of opportunities to solve problems for all sorts of people. As a manager I now get to participate in most of the feature life cycle end-to-end and offer input throughout (as opposed to just having a project handed to me to build) and I learn more with every project my team tackles.
What do you enjoy most about the company?
The people. I love working with smart, motivated people and ThreatQuotient is riddled with them. I work remotely out of Austin, TX and the Engineering office is located in Mt. Airy, MD; we have engineers all over the US and people in other departments located all over the world. With this level of sprawl, communication is critical to keeping projects moving forward – and I can always get an answer when I need it.
How did you get into cybersecurity?
I came to ThreatQuotient as an API developer with no cybersecurity background, so I have been picking up domain knowledge with everything I do. There are so many different areas of expertise that it can be hard to keep track, but I especially enjoy hearing from customers how they’re using our platform and how we can help improve their workflows.
What are your hopes for women in cybersecurity in the future?
Just that there are more of us, ha. Cybersecurity is a necessity in all aspects of our lives now and should be on everyone’s mind. I know from experience that communication and culture improve when there’s diversity in the room.