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Name: Ryan Zacha
Job title/role: Solutions
Work location: McLean, VA
Years/months at Booz Allen: 3 years
How did you get started in your field?
I began my IT career in the U.S. Air Force right after graduating from high school. I worked as a tech controller, where I managed and troubleshot long-distance communication links. After six great years serving in our nation’s Air Force, I transitioned to a defense organization where I supported various aircraft remote sensing projects. I then took a role at another aerospace and defense company where I maintained the communication systems and the
Why did you choose Booz Allen?
I chose Booz Allen because I was offered an opportunity to work on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) team. After working in a system admin IT role for more than 10 years I wanted to break into the cybersecurity space, and this seemed like a good fit as they needed experienced engineers with a background like mine.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that I made the right choice. I quickly became familiar with the leadership team and
What inspires you outside of work?
What is your most memorable moment at Booz Allen?
Participating in the Attack Surface Analysis oral presentation was definitely a highlight of my career so far at Booz Allen as it was the first oral presentation I had taken part in. These oral presentations are the ground level of showcasing our abilities to our client base. The recent win of CDM DEFEND is also very memorable as it gives our engineers and thought leaders an avenue to meaningfully improve our federal agency networks and ensure their security into the future.
How has Booz Allen empowered you and your career?
Booz Allen makes it possible to grow my cybersecurity expertise and career. I came to Booz Allen as a network engineer and moved up within the company. My leadership is also very supportive. They constantly provide career guidance, are a sounding board for my career goals, and always have an open door.
We’re so inspired by Ryan and the CDM team who are changing the world by adapting to constantly evolving cybersecurity challenges. Ready to make an impact? Empower change with us.
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