Intern Spotlight: Drew Havens

July 9, 2019 |

Meet BARR Advisory intern: Drew Havens. Havens is an Overland Park, Kansas, native and an incoming senior at the University of Kansas where he is studying accounting with a concentration in information systems/technology. 

So, what interests you about cybersecurity?

To me, it’s a big, never-ending puzzle. In a world where new technology is introduced nearly every day, there are countless cybersecurity issues that can arise. Every industry has its own concerns. I love that a career in cybersecurity can lead to a multitude of different companies, industries and, of course, challenges. 

What excites you most about this internship?

I’m excited to gain exposure to how cybersecurity controls work in the real world, especially how they are audited. I’m eager to see real examples and how they are applied in different companies. 

What is the most important personal attribute you bring to the table?

My ability to problem solve and learn quickly, especially in the cybersecurity world where there is new information coming at you daily. I’m able to adapt and learn on the go.

What gets you up in the morning or keeps you up at night?

Coffee in the morning, and my love for movies is what keeps me up way later than I should be.

What’s the first thing you do when you’re not at work?

Take a nap or go meet up with friends at a happy hour.

Favorite quote?

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Prior planning prevents poor performance.”

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Fishing or any sport I can play outside. I’m in a softball league every summer with my friends, which is always a great time. I also like volleyball even though I’m not the best at it – being 6’3” helps a lot!

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

Colorado, specifically around Bear Lake near Estes Park. The combination of the still water with the mountains in the background was a breathtaking experience.

Favorite food?

The rolls from Texas Roadhouse covered in as much of their honey butter as possible. 

Last but not least, do you have any pets?

I have a seven-year-old Golden Retriever named Lainey who still acts like she’s two.

Welcome to the team, Drew!

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