WBCM Scholarship Spotlight: Nina Strater, ABCP

Nina Strater is CFO and co-founder of Crafted Compliance, Inc. (doing business as RedPenSec)a recipient of the DRI Foundation’s 2020 Women in BCM Scholarship, and as a result, a certified ABCP with DRI International.  

What’s your professional background? How did you get here?

I am currently the Chief Financial Officer and Co-founder for Crafted Compliance, Inc. dba RedPenSec (Red Team, Penetration Testing and Security). I was raised and educated in Ukraine, where I obtained a master’s degree in the field of Management Organizations and Administration, Trade & Financial Activity from the Classic Private University. I have over 15 years of industry experience and have been involved with several different cybersecurity start-ups over the years. Furthermore, I function as the Director for Crafted Compliance’s Open Source Intelligence Team and am Board Certified in OSINT and Cyber Investigations (CECI).

What does DRI certification mean to your life?

The opportunity to study for and obtain a DRI certification has been an amazing experience, functioning as a catalyst for my advancement and interest in the discipline of business continuity and disaster recovery.  Prior to my course, BCDR was simply a term that was thrown about by my colleges who build programs and audit entities based on frameworks and compliance requirements.  Now, with my newly acquired skill set and knowledge, I am getting involved in areas that I would not have dipped into in the past and am excited to do so!

What made you interested in business continuity?

I developed an interest in business continuity and disaster recovery due to the emerging threats that are facing us all (pandemics, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and the growing threats associated with cybersecurity breaches, ransomware, misinformation, and cyberwarfare, for example).

Do you have any life experience that makes this field especially compelling?

As previously noted, my company deals with BCDR daily.  However, it has always been something that appeared to be more of a compliance issue (which I dislike admitting) than anything, and then the pandemic hit, along with a plethora of natural disasters, elucidating the absolute need for business continuity and disaster recovery in unimaginable ways.  And it is this realization that has compelled me and many others to view BCDR through a very different lens, clarifying that the field is of great importance and deserves attention that hasn’t been there in the past.