WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Local woman targets cyber criminals

Starts business to combat internet attacks

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Olivia Rose Jenkins smiles with Rami Malek, the actor who plays Elliott on Mr. Robot and is an icon in the security field.
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In February Olivia Rose Jenkins created her own cyber security business named QloudSecure.
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By Kathleen Sturgeon
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According to a recent report, more than 80 percent of U.S. law firms have been the victim of some form of cyber hacking. This includes the possibility of companies having its sensitive data breached.

Olivia Rose Jenkins always thought there must be a better way out there to protect companies against the ever growing and changing attack landscape.
So in February 2016, she launched QloudSecure to help organizations safeguard data and reputations.

One of the ways the data is breached is because the Dark Web, which is the internet content that exists on overlay networks and requires specific software, configurations or authorizations to access, is thriving.

“Cyber criminals, or hackers, are only growing smarter and better at what they do,” Jenkins said. “Expert help to defend your company from them is more critical than ever before.”

The jump into starting her own business doesn’t stray far from her history. Jenkins started in security in 2002 which is when she said a realization hit her like a lightning bolt.

“I realized I think like a hacker, whether that’s for good or for bad,” Jenkins said. “I ultimately choose my hacker powers for good.”

Continuing her positive path, Jenkins said she realized there weren’t many companies that “truly had the client front and center in everything they do.” So she strives to keep clients as a number one priority.

Now she’s been in consulting for security for more than 12 years, and she loves helping companies find gaps where they are vulnerable to attacks. She then defines a plan to close the gaps and help keep them shut.

“Security is never 100 percent perfect as new attacks are launched every single day,” Jenkins said. “Companies need a trusted partner with their best interest at heart to keep them as safe and protected as possible.”

But even with her success, she said it’s been challenging on several occasions as the cyber security business is a highly-dominated male field, with women occupying roughly10 percent.

“It’s made me fight harder for what I want and to make a name for myself,” Jenkins said.

And on top of being in the minority, she said starting a business is hard for anyone, especially trying to do it by yourself.

The key, she said, is to focus and not stretch yourself too thin, all while making sure you have a strong network professionally and personally.

“It’s time consuming to wear all the hats for marketing, sales, customer relations, networking, delivery of services, you name it,” she said. “I’ve experienced many moments where it just seems impossible, but then I always push through with help from my tech community at the Alpharetta Innovation Center.”

Even with the struggles and challenges, Jenkins said she doesn’t regret starting her own business.

“I have met hundreds of wonderful people whom I never would have met otherwise,” she said. “I’ve learned new and fascinating skills, and I love the autonomy.”

For information on her business, visit qloudsecure.com. ■

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