Lauren Deren – Raymond James

Describe your work history, awards, and accomplishments

I have worked in IT for over 15 years with roles in Networking, Server Operations, Systems Admin, Change Management, Security Operations, etc. For the past 7 years I’ve been focused in the field of Cybersecurity. I started as a Security Analyst & soon was managing the Identity & Access Management team, from there I became the manager of Security Operations, & then lead Security Engineering and Operations teams for the US, European, & Canadian subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial. In my previous roles, I specialized in process improvement & had created security operation centers both domestically & internationally. My team was responsible for keeping security applications operational, offering forward looking security solutions to the business, providing security consulting services, & reducing the overall risk posture at Raymond James.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

I grew up here, so this is home to me and where my family and friends are. One of the great things about this area is its substantial growth. More and more people and businesses are relocating or starting here which means more opportunities.

What are some of the nominee’s favorite things to do around town when they aren’t working?

I love St Pete and spend most of my time there. Around town you’ll likely find me at the Saturday Morning Farmers Market, going to a Sunday brunch in downtown, or out fishing.

How do you give time back to the community?

I’ve done a lot with inspiring youth to get into the field of Cybersecurity. It’s a great field, it’s growing, and it needs future analysts and engineers. I’ve gone to colleges around the U.S. to talk to students and faculty to ensure those coming out of college are prepared for a cybersecurity role, I’ve given talks and sat on panels to help bring more women into this field, and I worked on shaping the Accelerated Development Program for Security Operations at Raymond James to get recent graduates into a security analyst role.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

One project that comes to mind would be our SIEM replacement project. We were able to increase our logging, double our correlation events, increase tool uptime, introduce DR capabilities, reduce required labor, automate tasks, and create application dashboards to increase business facing application performance. We also won an award from the SIEM manufacturer for having the fastest production deployment time they have seen.

I am looking forward to my new role as a Business Information Security Leader, where I’ll serve as a trusted advisor between the Cybersecurity departments and the business. This includes owning the relationship between security and the business, ensure compliance with security initiatives, security awareness for business units, IT Audit/Regulatory liaison, and ensure that IT risks/gaps are identified, socialized, and addressed.

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