As I reflect on our celebration of Employee Appreciation Day last week, I feel it’s important to publicly share how much I appreciate and value our employees at Cybereason. The reality, though, is that I appreciate every Cybereason employee every day--because I recognize that our people are the core strength of our company.
Cybereason was created with a vision to protect people and information in the new and open connected world. Our mission is to reverse the adversary advantage by empowering Defenders with ingenuity and technology to end cyberattacks everywhere the battle is waged—and we depend on our talented staff to help us achieve this mission.
I was particularly proud and inspired during our Employee Appreciation Day All Hands call, where leaders at various levels, across the organization shared impactful stories about their teams—their work, passion, and commitment to our mission and core values.
Living Our Values
Most companies talk about core values, but many don’t really live up to them. At Cybereason, we live our values. During our weekly all hands call, we spotlight an employee to share his/her own story related to a core value. We also recently launched an internal tool empowering employees to recognize their peers with a core value badge and display them with comments on our internal employee profiles. Daily reinforcements of these five core values are so important to nurturing our amazing culture as we continue to grow:
Every employee is an individual. They have families, lives, hobbies, and interests outside of Cybereason. There shouldn’t be a “work version” and a “personal version” of an employee. I encourage everyone to be who they are and appreciate the unique insights that come from diverse perspectives and personalities.
Things change. It is true for cybersecurity, and it is true for individuals. As our employees strive to grow and evolve, it helps Cybereason adapt and improve as well.
I have always liked the saying, “Fortune favors the bold.” Achieving great things requires taking risks. I tell my employees that you don’t really know where the line is until you cross it. I want people to believe anything is possible and be brave enough to try and make it happen.
Never Give Up
Thomas Edison was once asked how it felt to have failed 10,000 times while trying to create the light bulb. He responded, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Tenacity goes hand in hand with being daring because when you dare to push the envelope, you also often fail. Failure is not necessarily a bad thing—as long as you learn from it and don’t give up.
Win As One
The thread that ties everything together is teamwork. The diversity, courage, and tenacity of individual employees are amplified when we commit as a team and operate as one to achieve our goals.
We Are All Defenders
Cybereason has tremendous momentum. We have grown significantly in the last year—more than doubling in size and crossing the 1,500 employee milestone. We received a $325 million Series F funding round and partnered with Google Cloud to create the first AI-driven XDR solution on the market.
All of our success comes down to our people and staying true to our core values. I am proud of our employees and the company we have built together. It is an honor to praise all of them on Employee Appreciation Day, but even more important to make sure everyone knows they are appreciated every day.