Let's learn about the trajectory of Liliana Zambrano, consultant on cybersecurity issues, our Professional of the month in this edition.
by Duván Chaverra Agudelo
If you move through the world of security and have been to industry events and congresses, you have surely seen Liliana Zambrano, who currently works as a legal consultant in cybersecurity and defense and who in this edition is the Professional of the month representing Colombia and a growing industry.
Liliana has given countless important talks on this topic and on other aspects of safety such as risk management, safety and health at work, and her talks are so interesting that they have given her a remarkable recognition, leaving a mark with a whole professional career that deserves to be described below.
Liliana was born in the city of Ibagué on September 30, 1990, is a Legal Professional, specialized in Computer Law and new technology, with experience as an external advisor to innovation companies, Cybersecurity and Cyber Defense Consultant for public and private entities, with emphasis on Digital ecosystems insurtech, wealtehctech, regtech, legaltech and metric marketing, business advisor in areas of strategic management and consulting.
His experience also allows him to design and analyze management processes, focused on quality and continuous improvement, through the implementation and implementation of management systems; is an auditor in implementation and monitoring processes ISO27001-32 Information Management systems.
She has served as an advisor for management positions, implementing for decision making, the principles of prospective, retrospective and strategic intelligence models, as a selection criterion for the processing and interpretation of the required Data, in the fulfillment of strategic objectives, goals, plans, critical success factors, taken to the business model.
In this segment, the consultancies are based on the analysis and correlation of variables, metrics, statistics, trends, actors and scenarios, being the inexhaustible front for the exploration and prioritization of the digital thematic axes to be executed, guaranteeing legal certainty in the processes to advance.
With experience in the Defense and Security Sector specialized in Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and conflict resolution, Performance Areas in Operational Law – strategic advice with a legal approach to Cybersecurity and National Cyberdefense, in which he has successfully performed in the assigned positions, with responsibility and sense of belonging.
Currently, Liliana works in the Legal Directorate of Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense of the CCOCI Joint Cyber Command of the General Military Forces Command of Colombia, where she has served in different positions since 2019; In addition, she is the Legal Director of Legaltech Colombia.
Security Sales: What are your personal challenges and your next goals to accomplish personally and professionally?
Liliana Zambrano: To be able to do my PhD in Data Science. Consolidate the consulting company in cybersecurity and cyber defense at the national level, which has a comprehensive vision of the needs of the market.
VDS: What analysis do you make as a professional about the importance of the relationship with employees and collaborators?
Liliana: The most important indicator for any organization will be the results of the evaluation of the performance of every worker, followed by the result of quality surveys, the behavior of the level of customer complaints, therefore, training at all levels becomes totally relevant, since it allows to know the job satisfaction, the accidents occurred, knowledge of workers, productivity, compliance with the procedures established for the process.
From the above, only until you have certainty of a correct management of this data, you can implement improvement plans and objectives.
VDS: What do you think are the reasons for your recognition in this market?
Liliana: The need for a safe and secure cyberspace has become more important than ever, especially as we all become increasingly dependent on "digital lifelines." In this sense, from my professional approach, I have tended to train organizations in cybersecurity, to help identify areas for improvement and encourage companies to take action at all levels. Through awareness from consulting and advice I have accompanied companies in their evolution in the management of cyber risks, priorities and cybersecurity resources; Being a woman for the sector is also an added value since it highlights to a large extent the important role of gender for the sector.
VDS: What has been the evolution of the industry in your country and in Latin America in the years you have been working in it?
Liliana: Security must be seen from a comprehensive approach, without a doubt, the industry has been growing according to regional demand where some are a little more visionary others in terms of new services, innovation and transformation. Now, in the region Colombia can say that it is in a fairly evolved maturity curve. In which today there is a more coherent situational awareness against risks, therefore, it is no longer strange to see a marked trend where security measures, tools, as well as the acquisition of new hardware and software are prioritized.
VDS: How do you see the future of this industry?
Liliana: As technologies constantly change and evolve at a rapid pace, driven by machine learning and advances in automation, combined with increased capabilities and affordable by security instability factors, the security industry must be united and synchronized in resiliency initiatives across domains.
Organizations must begin to shift and opt for a posture toward a stronger position of cyber resilience and security standards. We must be aware that network ecosystems are expanding and integrating, so it is increasingly important to ensure that all organizations can anticipate, recover and adapt quickly to incidents. Security-focused leaders must communicate their risks and mitigation strategies effectively and clearly to business leaders.
This brings with it a world of opportunities in terms of innovation, transformation and stance on change. Therefore, whoever is aware of the environment that is being envisioned will see a number of opportunities at the service level.
"I like to smile"
Liliana is the daughter of Alirio Zambrano and Derly María Ruiz, she is currently single, has no children and her hobbies are swimming and attending plays. His profession has allowed him to travel around the world during the last 8 years having the possibility to know different cultural places.
Regarding what she likes most about herself, Liliana commented that "the dedication with which I do things, my motivation, when I set myself a challenge, write, study, collaborate ... This is a point on which I work very hard; Be efficient and not get lost in the mess, I am still making progress day by day. My smile: give a smile to others, I feel that in this way life is transformed and it is more beautiful, I like to smile".
Another characteristic that stands out is his empathy, because he ensures that he puts himself in the shoes of others so as not to do what he would not like to be done.
"Putting myself in the first place, what I want, what I want, what I feel, to take myself into account, before I always left myself for the end and for a while here I am a priority for myself and that makes me happier, without expecting others; I cover my needs myself and I can, from that point, help and do things much better."
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