What is a typical day for you like at Concentric?
One of the things I really enjoy about my role is that I don’t often have typical days. Generally speaking, I lead the technology team here at Concentric, which has two missions:
- Securely deliver the tools and technologies needed to enable the success of our internal teams
- Deliver cybersecurity and digital privacy products and services to our clients as part of our vision to manage risk everywhere to keep people safe
In addition to these duties I also serve on our committees for DEI and Green Initiatives. My typical day involves juggling various responsibilities across all of these different areas. I never have the same day twice!
How long have you been at Concentric and what part of your job do you find most fulfilling?
I have been with Concentric full-time for just over a year, however my collaborations with the company go back another five. What I find most fulfilling about my job is the ratio of effort to impact. What I mean by that is an hour I spend working on something here at Concentric feels as though it has more of a positive impact on the world around me than an hour spent working elsewhere.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
I joined Concentric because I am deeply invested in the organizations’ mission to manage risk everywhere to keep people safe. In this day and age, we absolutely must recognize cyberspace in that concept of ‘everywhere’. My biggest accomplishment so far has been the launch of Eclipse by Concentric, our new cybersecurity and digital privacy service. Eclipse is the evolutionary result of many years and iterations of different solutions designed to mitigate digital risks for individuals, families, and teams.
What is your educational and professional background before joining Concentric?
I enlisted in the Marine Corps immediately after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. After completing Marine Corps Communication-Electronics school I served as an IT Manager for a Marine infantry battalion throughout several deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. I have since completed a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary computing (ICAM) at the University of California, San Diego as well as master’s degrees in cybersecurity and leadership (MCL) and business administration (MBA), both from the University of Washington. I hold a professional certificate in Information Security Risk Management (ISRM) and am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
What is the best piece of advice for individuals looking to have your type of role?
Hone your troubleshooting skills. I have found the key to troubleshooting is to imagine as many different ways as possible to solve a problem, and to then systematically attempt those solutions until you find an acceptable outcome. If the problem you are trying to solve is on behalf of someone else, empathy and communication are critical.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
As much as I love technology I also love to get away from it. When I am not working I like to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Being a PNW native, hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing are all year-round activities for me, but I like to always have a longer, more ambitious trip in the future to be training for. Next up is a ten day expedition into the Idaho backcountry that I will be doing in September with one of my Marine buddies.
What are you most looking forward to over the next year?
Now that were are getting Eclipse into the hands of our clients I am really looking forward to hearing their feedback and continuing to grow and improve the program. We are currently working on a number of new features and partnerships as well as an international expansion.
To learn more about Casey, visit our Leadership page.