Tetra Defense values a well-rounded approach when it comes to cybersecurity. Preparing for cyberattacks, strengthening defenses, and responding to incidents are all important separately, but they are far more effective when combined. To that effect, we learn from Nate Butler, IT Help Desk Technician, as he supports all aspects of our work through his skillset.
Beloved member of Nate’s family, Cooper.
“Passion is what will motivate you to get out of bed every morning, continually pique your interest, and keep you continually learning.”
How did your career begin?
I started my career in construction work — mostly flooring and warehouse work. It suited me at the time, but after an injury and some time to reflect, I decided I needed to find a path that challenged more of my brain. I thought back to my childhood, being six years old and taking apart electronics trying to see how they work, how they break, and how they could come back together. Growing up through middle school and high school I turned my attention towards computers in the same way. I’ve always been a “tinkerer,” so when I had the chance to go back to school, I pursued a cybersecurity path.
What first piqued your interest in cybersecurity?
After earning my new degree/certificates, I actually started my “cybersecurity” path elsewhere: at an Internet Service Provider. There, I learned a lot more about customer interaction than anywhere else, and I quickly pivoted to a more traditional IT setting where I’ve found my ground. In IT, I have experience working with small, development-focused teams, large healthcare systems, banks, my own contract work, to now, Tetra.
What brought you to Tetra Defense?
A family friend of mine first put Tetra Defense on my radar. He knew that I had an interest in cybersecurity, and after a light-hearted conversation about my favorite IT gear, he asked, “So where do you want to end up?” It’s no secret that cybersecurity is a huge field and people don’t often settle into their best niche right away. I was open to opportunities at the time, and the idea of working for a start-up with trusted leadership was appealing to me. I had been checking back on the Tetra job postings periodically, threw my hat in the ring, and within a week, had had conversations with people who are now my teammates on both our talent and development teams. After working for so many companies across different industries, I can say that Tetra truly has the “it” factor. The company culture is very laid-back, nurturing, and collaboration focused. Here, I’ve always felt that my opinions are valued, and I can offer the same support to my teammates, morally and technically.
How does your team interact in relation to others?
IT work at Tetra looks different than previous IT roles I’ve held. Since all of our teams (Incident Response, Cyber Risk, Cyber Defense, and Software Development) rely on secure, reliable tech, I can assist all of them and never feel bored. I can support our cybersecurity efforts internally while also extending my skills to help our clients in our ongoing investigations. I onboard all of our new teammates with set-ups that allow them to do their best work. I help maintain standards and follow policies for our own security, truly practicing what Tetra preaches to clients every day.
Any advice for aspiring cybersecurity professionals?
Start with something that you’re passionate about. Passion is what will motivate you to get out of bed every morning, continually pique your interest, and keep you continually learning. That’s the key to succeeding in this industry as whole — staying not only on top of your subject, but also staying interested in it. Feeling stuck or unsure adds needless pressure to any job. I like to approach my work the way I approach my favorite hobby, because that’s exactly what it is to me.
One experience from school that stuck with me was an assignment that covered nearly every aspect of a mock company’s risk assessment. This assignment had me finding solutions to budgets, policies, setups, and ultimately, build a presentation to educate a mock CEO. This touched on everything from equipment, processes, and educating a client. This assignment was really involved, but it sticks with me as I continue my work at Tetra supporting all aspects of our organization and how I can always get a better look at a bigger picture within IT.
A non-work related question: How do you like to spend your free time?
When I’m not at work, I’m focused on my friends and family through dart leagues, sharpening my BBQ skills with my smoker, and connecting to my other (expensive) hobbies beyond cyber. Other hobbies include woodworking, guitar, and Legos.