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Meet John Fung.
What is your role at MorganFranklin, and what do you do?
I am a consultant and practice leader for MorganFranklin’s managed security service. In my role, I not only assist clients with building portions of their cybersecurity organization but also manage the monitoring that proactively detects and responds to real-world attacks.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue or advance their career in cybersecurity?
Invest in your own success, and don’t get overwhelmed. In cybersecurity, there are a ton of cool areas you could become a master in. But if you try to focus on every aspect, you won’t take the first step down the path you need to be successful. Also, imposter syndrome is real, and there will be times when you don’t think you are ready for the challenge ahead of you. Believe in yourself.
What has been your favorite MorganFranklin project, and why?
Rather than a specific project, there is a specific type of solutioning that I truly enjoy. A lot of the clients we work with aren’t simply looking for point solutions. They are looking for partnerships. I enjoy these engagements because I take pride in the work that we do, and I truly care about our clients’ success.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
My day is usually a mix of things. Remaining current in security and technical events is crucial, so I spend my time before meetings catching up on the news. Towards this end, I also dedicate several hours a week to learning about new technologies or something related to cybersecurity, such as taking apart exploits. Aside from staying current, I spend a good portion of my day in meetings connecting with people that I am working with as well as clients. These meetings either mark the catalyst or delivery of work products.
Before working at MorganFranklin, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?
I paid my way through college by working at casinos in Las Vegas—first as a dealer and pit boss and then doing surveillance.
What is one unique thing that others may not know about you?
I am active in my community’s government as a conservation commissioner.
What’s one go-to office hack that makes your day more productive?
Break down things you have to do into bite-sized chunks. The other is to do the tasks you don’t feel like doing first and get them out of the way.
What is your motto or personal mantra?