Team Member Spotlight: Kent Pankratz

Team Member Spotlight

Team Member Spotlight: Kent Pankratz

Meet Kent Pankratz, Senior Manager of Implementations at SecurEnds GRC. Kent has helped many businesses assess, prioritize, and remediate risks with automated control assessments. Learn more about Kent below:

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Meet Kent Pankratz, Senior Manager of Implementations at SecurEnds GRC. Kent has helped many businesses assess, prioritize, and remediate risks with automated control assessments. Learn more about Kent below:

What is your role at SecurEnds?

I am a Senior Manager of Implementations for the SecurEnds GRC product. I assist customers in implementing the security and privacy controls required in their environment through Mapping, Measurements, Metrics, and Management. This entails mapping the controls to internal standards, configuring the measurements of the controls to produce the metrics by which management can apply the appropriate resources to remediate the risks to the organization.

What do you like most about your role or working at SecurEnds?

I enjoy interacting with the SecurEnds team and our customers, discovering the unique requirements of each organization. The implementations are a fulfilling, problem-solving adventure.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?

Transparency is critical in the Information Technology profession. Each person must accept accountability for their responsibilities. The sooner a mistake is reported, the sooner it can be resolved. Accolades should be given to those who report their mistakes, they become the winners.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?

The cyber/information security profession has an impact on personal lives, business interactions, and government operations. It is not confined to endpoint security or stopping a malicious virus. IT Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) communicates to all layers of the organization.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

I developed a way to map security controls together with an Integrated Security Control Number and measure them against a widely accepted standard.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I listen to thrilling economic and geopolitical commentary in podcasts at 2x speed. I also live where there are many migratory birds and watching them gets me out of the house.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Take the large, intimidating projects and break them down into small individual tasks. One small step on a path to the summit.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

I have been to many places. Home always wins.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

A blues guitarist. I still have my full body jazz box in the corner collecting dust.

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?

I walk my Canaan dog.

Thank you, Kent! We appreciate everything you do to support our customers and contribute to the culture at SecurEnds.

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