Brock was working at a helpdesk at a bank when he met its security consultant. The man’s job was to findvulnerabilities in the bank’s systems—he used a variety of methodologies tohack into the bank; this came as incredibly intriguing to the aspiring softwaredeveloper. “From there I really started studying up on computer science basics,programming, security, stuff like that,” says Brock. This would take him on ajourney to a career at one of the most prestigious places for like-minded,bootstrapping professionals.
Time went by and Brock landeda subcontracting job at the American global aerospace and defense technologycompany Northrop Grumman, where Oracle was jointly developing a project. Heworked closely with the Oracle people and let them know he really wanted towork with them after his contract ended. “They had some of the smartest peopleand I was learning a lot from them; it just seemed like a good team,” Brockconfides. “In our industry, your success is defined by those who surround you,and if you can find a core set of highly talented people to whom you can beloyal, then you can go a long way,” he adds.
Surely enough, Brock foundthe right people in Oracle’s National Security Group (NSG), where he’s beenworking since 2014. “I haven’t met smarter people than those in my group; theability of our little team to solve problems is probably the most attractivething to me when it comes to working for the NSG,” Brock comments. “Also, wehave access to world-class software and the world’s best database,” he pointsout.
But what’s really great forOracle software developers and employees in general, is they don’t have tonecessarily go into managing people in order to be successful. As Brockmentions, “you can stay in technology for your entire career and you can getcompensated well for it. So in Oracle I see myself remaining in the highlytechnical engineering route and reaching my full potential there,” he adds. Thisis important to professionals who know what their strengths and talents are,and that they want to develop them.
Aside from providing Brockgrowth and satisfaction, his Oracle experience has also showed him what ittakes to become part of the NSG. “We’re looking for people who can be agile andhave good software instincts; people who can go in and tackle hard problems,”he explains. This insight isn’t only testament to the challenges of a career atOracle, but also a call to those who want to become the best technologyprofessionals in the industry. Let Brock’s story be the chance encounter thatsends those restless engineers off to fulfill their professional dreams.
Interested in joining theOracle National Security Group? Learn more about current availableopportunities by reaching out to Lucas Jaramillo here.