Arctic Wolf is proud to honor this year’s Black History Month theme of Taking action and elevating our potential. We’re doing this with a series of activities throughout the month of February to honor the achievements of Black people through history, while celebrating and amplifying members of Arctic Wolf’s Black Employee Pack Unity Alliance. Today, we’re sharing the perspective of Kalvin Wigfall, a Concierge Security Engineer 2 and member of our Black Employee Pack Unity Alliance.
Can you share a bit about your personal journey in the cybersecurity field? What initially drew you to this industry and inspired you to pursue a career in it?
Kalvin: I was inspired to pursue a career in cybersecurity while coordinating the command center at a (physical) security job. A person came in to check the servers, and I was inspired that someone so “normal” was doing this job that sounded so mystic and unattainable. I quit, started a job in IT, and began accumulating certifications. My technical experience and passion led me to my first cybersecurity job at Arctic Wolf.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Kalvin: BHM means we can take meaningful time to reflect on history and simultaneously make efforts to build an inclusive future. It is the jubilation of a people that have been mentally, socially, and economically crippled by policies and beliefs of the past. This month means that the efforts of my past generations are recognized as having had made an instrumental contribution to the advancement of the United States.
What about the theme of this year — to take action and elevate your potential?
Kalvin: The theme has forced me to operate outside of my comfort zone. I am now taking action by being a member of many Pack Unity alliance groups, but also stepping up to volunteer to assist in the missions of these groups. I am also elevating my potential by going back to school.
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How has the Pack Unity initiative played a role in your growth at Arctic Wolf?
The Pack Unity Initiative has allowed me to feel like I can be comfortable being myself. I can focus on my career rather than how I am perceived. The increased confidence and implementation of support groups has allowed me to eliminate imposter syndrome.
How do you hope to see the cybersecurity industry evolve, especially in terms of inclusivity?
I would like to see a more concerted effort to protect everyday people from cybercriminals. More courses in primary and high school, and more organizations doing pop-up skills-based training in local communities would go a long way towards bringing in a larger pool of qualified candidates.
What advice do you have for people starting their career or looking to become a leader in their workplace?
Starting: A degree is most helpful, but you can get your foot in the door with certifications. This is not a one-shoe-fits-all standard, however. If you can think critically and have an interest, apply for an intern position.
Growth: Find people you aspire to be like and connect with them / follow their work.
Leadership: Become the expert and then highlight the changes you’ve orchestrated that have helped not only the company but the growth of many individuals.