The Prevention Lockbox
Niamh O'Byrne, Confluent
Industry Insider: Niamh O'Byrne
During the 19th century, French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust—the author of In Search of Lost Time—created a parlor game that involved filling out a questionnaire to get to know the "true nature" of dinner guests. "Industry Insider" is the testing industry's take on Proust's game—an opportunity to get to know our colleagues just a little bit better.
Where do you work and what is your job title? I work for Confluent and I manage the Certification Department. How long have you worked in a job that involves test security? 19 years. Why do you think test security is important? I don’t want to be operated on by the surgeon who cheated on his college exam. What is your favorite thing about your job? Knowing that what I do can help people in their career advancement. What is the biggest challenge to test security today? The easiness of how people can send data over the internet and not be tracked. There are many forums where people share test data, and there is little to no way to police those forums. What do you think will be the biggest challenge to test security 20 years from now? Electronic devices continue to get smaller. I believe that tracking devices in testing centers will get more challenging. Why do you think people outside of this industry should care about test security? Without test security, you don’t know if anyone is really proficient in their chosen work field. Wouldn’t you want to know that the person working on your internet or operating on your body had not cheated their way to getting their qualification? What do you consider your greatest achievement? My 2 children. If you could choose one superpower to help you in your quest to keep tests safe, which superpower would you choose? The ability to read people’s minds. What is one thing that is sitting on your desk right now that is completely unrelated to work? My Macy’s Credit Card bill from Christmas. What workplace skill do you wish you were better at? Working with databases. What is your lunchtime routine? I walk my dog and listen to podcasts. What characteristic do you most value in a friend/colleague? Intuition. What characteristic do you most dislike in a friend/colleague? Lack of motivation. What words or phrases do you think are most overused in life and/or at the workplace? ‘Ecosystem.’ & ‘Low hanging fruit’. What are your hobbies outside of work? Reading & walking my dog. Which person (alive, dead and/or fictional) do you most admire? Edith Cresson. What or who is your favorite book or writer? David Sedaris—“Me talk pretty one day”. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I’d come back as myself. I’d like to live it all again. I love my life. What is your motto? “Life is what you make it.”
Niamh O'Byrne
Global Head of Certification
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