Meet... Samuel Rivero our CyberGuardian
This article is all about Samuel Rivero Jiménez, our special guardian of cyberspace, making security measures to protect our servers
This is what we asked him:
How long have you been working at MHP?
Since June 2016
What is your role at MHP?
I'm responsible for the Security and Networks, but also of DPD, Dungeon Master, the victim of bad jokes from my colleague Toli, Magician, IP Changer and much more...
Have you always been in the same position?
Almost always yes, I have worked in several places, from a big boardroom to a small office space shared with other colleagues.
How would you describe the first few days in the company?
Well, like every persons who starts in a new workplace, nervous and surprised because there were lots of new people. To get to know new their names, their functions, etc. In the beginning it's a bit awkward but with a few days, you begin to get used to it.
Besides my new colleagues, there was so much to do, starting from zero and create the best security.
But the funniest thing was the job selection process with the boss:
I was working in a company for a few months that was condemned to closure by an online bank project that never came together, then I received an email from a job offer website where I was registered and suddenly I received an offer from MHP!
After reviewing and asking for advice from a friend, who already was a client of MHP, I signed up to the job offer without hesitation.
Then the boss called me and I went to the interview, the office was under construction and I thought I should have gone with a Bob the builder helmet. But then I saw the final project and I really wanted to stay to see the future of this amazing company. Bye the way, I got the job :)
Your work at the Security Network department is fundamental, tell us something more about your day to day
Every day includes checking our servers, spam records, planning and installing new equipment, solving problems that occur sporadically, searching for new projects and/or solutions, inventory control, IT purchases, attending all kinds of errors, resourcing the news about Cibersecurity and share this with my colleagues... Never let your guard down.
What have you learned in these years of the profession?
I learned many things, but especially a few years ago, when my former boss told me:
"Sometimes the solution to errors aren't that difficult, mostly we have them right in front of us, but the problem is that we want to find a solution so fast we aren't reading the right way.
Or in other words **"learn to read the screen and you will find the solution" **.
How would you describe yourself as a colleague?
Pfff!! I'm not going to flatter myself, I'll leave that to others, I simply go to work, help my colleagues, and always with a smile on my face (although sometimes things don't go the way they should be).
What kind of advice would you give to someone who starts working at MHP?
I would give several:
✔ Be proactive, don't turn into a robot but be an explorer. There is no need to be afraid of the unknown.
✔ Be open to learn new things every day.
✔ Falling is an optional, but standing up is a must have, I'm telling you this because it happened to me several times.
✔ Thank you and Good morning or Goodbye are free words, so use them.
✔ From Russia, and NOT with love, we get the worst things. I'm sorry guys, but it's the truth.
✔ Have the will to continue moving forwards always, get up and move on, even if there are a thousand obstacles.
✔ Don't be afraid to ask, high school is over! I am one of those who thinks that it is better to sin, that to stay short of information.
✔ If you make a mistake or do something wrong, say "It was me". You are not better or worse by being wrong, but yes you are best professional if you say it was your fault. We all can learn from each other, we are humans.
"You can remove a general his army, but not a man his will." — Confucio
Cybersecurity is rising as an essential area in companies, what is your secret to not be constantly alerted? It's a job of 24 hours a day, do you rest in this area?
Rest is relative. Although it also depends on what you consider by resting.
Yes it is true, you always have to be alert using * Telegram * in the security channels, Linkedin, Security blogs, and always leave the interesting articles saved to read later (when I'm at home, at the doctor's, waiting for the schoolbus of my children, etc.)
What advice would you give to companies that don't pay much attention to the security of their data, servers, etc.?
That's the worst thing a Company can do.
I don't know if you have ever seen the tv series of IT crowd? Well, the IT department is put in the lowest level of the Company (in the basement) but even being invisible they are doing their magic for other departments, and everybody works happily ever after.
Sometimes, nothing happens, and people forget about our department but when they are under attack, or things aren't working right with their computers, companies understand how important it is to have everything safe and sound.
The security and IT is part of a transversal service to companies since it covers all departments.
Un consejo de guardián de la seguridad
This is no myth, or inventing system administrators or security officers out of nothing. We are increasingly hyperconnected, especially with IoT devices. My job is to protect the privacy and information from any intruders.
Spending on Cybersecurity is necessary, it will be the best investment for any company.