Corporate Vice President - Network and Security Operations
Octavia is an experienced technical leader who specializes in Networks, Cyber Security, and building operationally excellent, motivated cross-functional, multi-cultural teams focused on career growth and helping everyone she comes in contact with reach their career goals. She is not your typical leader. Octavia is highly technical and prides herself on understanding, solving problems, and discovering secure solutions for her business partners. She currently manages a global team of analyst, operators, and engineers that span three countries. She believes that a security leaders should mentor, motivate trust, and lead their teams to act with integrity and openness. She often says “A team is only as strong as their leaders and each leader casts a shadow that they will be held accountable for.”
Prior to joining New York Life, Octavia begin her career at Freddie Mac, in McLean, Virginia where she quickly gained a reputation as a “go to” Network Security Engineer. During her time at Freddie, she was instrumental in assisting with the end-user facing governmental programs on the Housing Reform.
Octavia received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Spelman College and holds CISSP, GISP, GCWN and GSLC GIAC certifications. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), ISC2, ISACA, former volunteer coordinator for New York Life’s Volunteers for Good Program, and serves as a mentor to several participants within Year-Up Greater Atlanta.
In her spare time, Octavia enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and mentoring.
She truly believe that we are placed on this earth to help each other achieve greatness (whatever that may be).
“Lift while you climb” – Mary Church Terrill
“No man conquers alone” – Octavia N. Howell