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I am the Nth Generation – Mark Burton

Learn more about Nth's most important asset – its people in our "I am the Nth Generation" series.

What’s your job title? vCISO and Senior Security Consultant

How long have you been with Nth? Just over 2 years

What does a typical day for you at Nth look like? Varies day by day. Solving customer security challenges with different solutions that sometimes are different to expected, but ultimately deliver the desired security and business results. Engaging with my vCISO clients and supporting our Sales Team.

Which fellow Nth’er(s) inspire you and why? Dan Molina (Co-President & CTO) inspires me, as does our wonderful Executive Leadership Team. Rich and Jan Baldwin (Nth Founders, Executive Board Members & Strategic Advisors, and Nth CEO) never cease to amaze and inspire me. Jeromie Jackson's (Director of Security & Analytics) confidence and ability to articulate a clear message is something I wish I could do as well as he. All Nth’ers have their own backgrounds and stories and add value to the vision of Nth to deliver excellence to our customers. It takes many different personalities and skillsets to make us who we are as an unusually family-orientated company.

What led you to this career/working at Nth? I was formally a Nth customer, then was recommended by 2 colleagues.

What's one of your favorite things about your job? Learning every day, and the ability to offer industry-leading solutions which allows me to make recommendations to close security gaps for our customers.

What is a work accomplishment you are proud of? Working through the concepts with customers and identifying the various tools they are interested in that we can deliver. Supporting our sales team with cyber solutions. Overall, being a trusted advisor.

What motivates you at work? Helping customers achieve their objective and being able to explore security and protection options. Learning every day and using that knowledge to advise.

What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career? Be attentive, respectful, and listen. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

What was your first job? Officially an airplane mechanic but I did other things before that – mostly chores like sweeping hangers, washing planes, and being a general worker at a farm feed store.

What is the best career advice you’ve received? This is not a dress-rehearsal, try to do the right thing the first time. Learn from your mistakes.

What is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to? I love the remoteness and quiet of any wilderness area but also enjoy visiting big metropolitan cities and the first new experiences encountered (food, culture, language, etc.) All are life experiences.

What is your favorite movie? Favorite book? Tough to say now. I find that I’m re-reading some of the books I read many years ago and with life experience, I now have a different viewpoint. Same can be said of movies. Not to mention the volume of choices at out fingertips these days. Right now, though, I would say my movie choice is Masters of the Sky.

Describe your ideal weekend. Spending time with my wife and daughters and listening to their life stories and new experiences. Having family over is always a good day. And if not here, then chatting to them wherever they are in the world. A day on the water is also good for the soul.

What 3 items would you bring with you to a deserted island? A good sailboat, plenty of fresh water, and a map and logs for astral navigation and/or GPS so I could get to other islands.

What is your perfect meal? So many, whatever fits the occasion.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Mopani worms (actually caterpillars) and flying ants.

What do you like to do for fun? Spend time with family and friends, sail, fly, ride a bike, walk the dogs, read.

What was your first concert? First cassette tape? First CD? At the time, there were no concerts in Zimbabwe. First CDs I think were Super Tramp's Crime of the Century and Led Zeppelin's 1.



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