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Albena SecurityName: Albena
Title: Security Assurance Specialist
Department, Office Location: Corporate Information Security, Menlo Park
Year hired: 2008

Describe your background.
I have an educational background in Business Administration, Accounting Information Systems and Web Development. While I didn’t start out with a specific career goal in mind, I found myself well-equipped with a range of organizational, business and technical skills. Since joining E*TRADE, I’ve been able to apply those skills and build out a career in Information Security. Most recently, I completed my certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

What attracted you to E*TRADE?
Prior to working at E*TRADE, I was a brokerage customer. After deciding to move to Silicon Valley, I accidentally stumbled on a job opening with E*TRADE that aligned with my skills and background. The process felt like a natural sequence of coincidental events, so I believe joining E*TRADE was meant to be.

What do you like most about working at E*TRADE?
When I wake up in the morning, I go to work happy and with a purpose because working at E*TRADE makes me feel that I contribute to a greater good: helping investors reach their goals. I like having the autonomy to do my job, while also receiving valuable guidance and support from leadership.

What is a typical day at E*TRADE like for you?
Having autonomy to perform my job gives me the flexibility to plan and vary my daily activities. Throughout the day I communicate regularly with my colleagues, exchange ideas and information and perform various security assessments on the environment, applications, and vendors. By the nature of what we do, many projects require standard procedures, but I also have many opportunities to apply my creative side.

How would you describe E*TRADE’s culture?
E*TRADE is a mixture of friendly, brilliant, cooperative, hard-working and passionate individuals who take their work very seriously. The communication channels here are open; people like to share their knowledge and learn new things from their colleagues. At E*TRADE, everyone works toward reaching shared goals.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to keep myself very active. It helps to balance out the patient, analytical part of me on display at work. I especially enjoy going to the beach in San Francisco for fresh air and quiet time. I also make occasional trips out of town to spend time with my family and my clever, four year-old niece.