Last updated on March 8, 2020
Ismaelle Vixsama (aka Izzy) has a knack for finding strategic flaws and speaking up about them. Doing so helped her get her first full-time job as well as have repercussions for defensive egos. Her whole career is a war story.
Izzy is an ISMS manager with 7 years of experience. She has worked in FinTech, Government, and Security R&D. Her work has allowed her to work on several mainstream products and services with some of the most well recognized brands.
- ISMS – Information Systems Security Manager
- Creates a security program around a company’s information systems.
- Played the CISO role initially, very CISO like role
- First role in security was in Risk
- Izzy comes from a very traditional Haitian back
- Izzy came up benefits at her job for an opportunity to learn something new and be in a non-toxic environment.
- First heard/learned about hacking at 15 from an AOL chat with a “hacker”.
- At 23 decided to speak up in a meeting a provide feedback, which led to her being hired Full-Time.
- “At the time I was 22 years old, the pay wasn’t that great but for me it was amazing because I was doing something I hated, I had benefits at my previous job but this company was giving me an opportunity to learn something new. To me that was so exciting.”
- “He looked at my resume and he said ‘I realize you have no cybersecurity experience.’ By starting the conversation like that it took some pressure off of my shoulders.” [10:00]
- “I was so nervous that he was going to drill into me about all these topics I had no clue about.”
- “I didn’t even [know] I had sisters.”
- “Everyone just kinda wrote me off.” [16:20]
- “Who is the audience, what do we want to say here?” [21:13]
- Worst comment ever… “We have to really train you on your critical thinking skills.” [22:45]
- “A good idea is a good idea, regardless of who it came from.”
- “My whole career is a war story.” [32:05]
- Izzy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Is_Vix
- Her story: – Her story is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Is_Vix/status/1079218656138149889
- Izzy’s BUsiness, VixCyber: https://vixcyber.co/
- NIST Cybersecurity Framework: https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework
- Intro Music: Cascadia by Trash80 – https://trash80.com/#/content/133/weeklybeats-2012-week5 (Released under Creative Commons)
- Outro Music: “Feather Duster” by Geographer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcB_tnqYHwPzADwUdeppIIQ