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Top 10 Under 40: Mariam Chakvetadze, Crime prevention manager, Rogers Communications

By Canadian Security Staff   

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What do you enjoy most about security?

I appreciate the constant learning and problem-solving, as no day is the same. Security is a dynamic field that never ceases to challenge and intrigue me. The ever-changing landscape of threats and the need for continuous innovations keep me engaged and motivated all for the same collective goal: the opportunity to contribute to the safety, security and protection of organizations and most importantly, the people within them.

Is there one piece of advice you have received that has helped you engage with your security role more effectively?

One piece of advice that has resonated with me is the importance of continuous self-improvement and training. Staying knowledgeable about the latest trends, technologies and best practices is crucial for staying ahead of emerging threats. Embrace the mindset of lifelong learning and remain adaptable for the ever-evolving challenges of security.


What do you do outside of your job that helps you manage stress or gain perspective on your work?

Outside of my job, I prioritize activities that help me maintain a healthy work-life balance. We often get so wrapped up with our work and tend to take it home at the end of the day — security threats don’t follow a 9-5 schedule. So I’ve got in the habit of disconnecting from technology and immersing myself in the things that make me happy whether it’s hiking, travelling, going to comedy shows, and sometimes even doing nothing at all. This allows me to recharge, be ready to take on whatever may come next, and approach any new challenges with a fresh mindset.

Do you have any advice for budding security professionals who are interested in launching a career?

I would emphasize the importance of building a strong foundation of knowledge and skills through education and hands-on experience. Seek out opportunities for mentorship and networking within the community to gain insights and guidance. Be open to new challenges and experiences, and don’t hesitate to pursue certifications and specialized training to enhance your skills and make yourself stand out — you can never know too much. Stay curious and embrace a proactive approach to learning; be open to new challenges; and above all, remain passionate and committed to making a positive impact through your work. Just don’t forget to also take care of No. 1: you!

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