Cloud Girls is honored to have amazingly accomplished, professional women in tech as our members. We take every opportunity to showcase their expertise and accomplishments – promotions, speaking engagements, publications, and more. Now, we are excited to shine a spotlight on one of our members each month.
Our Cloud Expert of the Month is Angela Hogaboom.
Angela has been a Cloud Girl since 2015. After establishing a career in the cloud consulting space, she pivoted to cybersecurity and compliance in 2018 and now serves as the Director of Assessment and Innovation at RSI. Angela’s main focus is enabling clients to achieve new business heights while also securing their organizations through technology, operations, and governance. Angela lives in Broomfield with her husband and 2 boys and spends much of her time serving on the Cloud Girls Board and she’s always looking for new ways to enable women in technology and security.
When did you join Cloud Girls and why?
I joined Cloud Girls in 2015 after I left my job in a cloud company to start my own business. I was introduced to Manon by a number of colleagues in the industry and she told me I would be a great candidate for the group. Like many others, I was looking to connect with other women in the field who could offer me guidance and support in my journey.
What do you value about being a Cloud Girl?
The Cloud Girls have been a great source of inspiration and support throughout my career. We have representation from incredible companies and the vibe is never competitive because we’re all committed to supporting each other and the next generation of women in tech.
How did you find a career in tech? Did you choose it, or did you end up here and how?
I entered the tech field purely by accident. I was an Executive Assistant looking for a new job and was approached by the CEO of a telecom company that had recently acquired a data center and had just launched their cloud computing division. At the time, I hoped to grow into a marketing role, which I did. I spearheaded the rebrand of the VoIP line and was tasked with coordinating the computing rebrand. By taking on these challenges, I was really forced to step outside of my comfort zone and learn new things. My job ultimately led to my consulting career. I was a partner/reseller for a number of tech services and in 2018, I attended a privacy workshop with the hopes of networking with my target client base. Instead, I became so intrigued by the subject matter that I spent all of my time learning about privacy and pondering the tie-ins to cybersecurity. I ultimately pivoted to cybersecurity and left my consulting career to become a compliance advisor and practitioner. Now, I’m expanding on that journey by pursuing my degree in cybersecurity.
How do you avoid being complacent in your role?
Cybersecurity is a field that changes every day. To be honest, it’s incredibly difficult to keep up with the latest tech, incidents, legislation, and chatter. I’ve found that by selecting the domain areas that really energize me, I’m better able to stay in touch with the landscape. For areas I have known deficiencies, I have a collection of resources I can use for additional information. Sometimes it’s trusted online sources and sometimes it’s my professional network.
What one piece of advice would you share with young women to encourage them to take a seat at the table?
Don’t be afraid to mess up. I have seen so many girls and women refuse challenges because they hold themselves to a standard of always performing well. If I hadn’t failed many of the challenges presented to me, I wouldn’t have the career I have now. It takes stepping out of your comfort zone and falling down just to get back up a few times to really find your path in life and work.