Emerging unscathed from a serious car wreck inspired one employee to embark on a journey to make the world a safer place.

For Niloufer Tamboly, the wakeup call came on a snowy night in 2008.

The Internal Audit consultant in Basking Ridge, N.J., was merging onto the Garden State Parkway when her vehicle skidded into four lanes of oncoming traffic. Her car was totaled, but Tamboly walked away without a scratch. She took it as a sign.

The First Aid Squad and paramedics arrived before the police. They were so pleasant and caring, they inspired Tamboly to become a volunteer with her local First Aid Squad. 
For two and a half years, she volunteered with the Edison First Aid Squad on the overnight shift from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Due to a hectic travel schedule she decided to work toward a safer and more secure world in another way.

She became a founding member of the New Jersey chapter of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium − (ISC)², a nonprofit group that educates and certifies information-security professionals throughout their careers.

As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional since 2001, Tamboly is a part of the nearly 100,000 highly skilled members of (ISC)² who are devoted to empowering students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life with cybersecurity education and awareness programs in the community. Since the Safe and Secure Online program began in 2006, more than 800 (ISC)² member volunteers have helped close to 100,000 children learn how to protect themselves online and to become responsible digital citizens.

“I was always a practitioner of cyber security,” Tamboly said, “but when my aunt had her identity stolen and I saw what she had to go through, I knew I had to help.”

Now her teenage daughter helps out too by traveling to local Senior Centers to teach the elderly − one of the most vulnerable populations of theft identity − how to be safe online since.  A new law went into effect March 1, 2013, requiring that all receive their Social Security payments electronically.

Gurdeep Kaur, president of (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter says, “ Tamboly is a co-founder of the (ISC)² New Jersey Chapter and is focused on membership growth and engagement. She is driving the chapter initiative to engage and involve students to learn about information security and spread the message in the community. I thoroughly enjoy working with her.”

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