Team Member Spotlight: Omri Shani, Backend Developer in Engineering
March 1, 2021
Behind Claroty’s ability to deliver the leading industrial cybersecurity platform and serve as the trusted advisor for industrial cybersecurity is a dynamic, collaborative team of doers. In this Team Member Spotlight series, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the experiences and perspectives of featured members of The Claroty Team. To learn more about opportunities to join our team, visit our careers page.
Omri Shani, Backend Developer in Engineering
Q: How did you become interested in pursuing a career in software engineering?
I gravitated toward engineering because I like to solve problems. I was specifically interested in software development, because it’s a skill that can be applied in a lot of different ways.
Q: Can you tell us more about your responsibilities in your role as a backend developer on the engineering team?
I’m responsible for managing and improving the way our systems work with and store data. Making these improvements requires me to identify and solve problems our customers are encountering, while also working to optimize the overall scale and performance capabilities of our systems.
My work often involves collaborating with the Claroty Research Team to ensure our industrial cybersecurity expertise is reflected in our technology. For example, developing the infrastructure to support our Asset Risk Scoring feature, which uses an algorithm developed by our researchers to assess an industrial asset’s cyber risk exposure incorporates our in-house expertise on what makes more vulnerabilities more critical than others in a given environment.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of working as a backend developer on Claroty’s engineering team?
As an engineer at Claroty, I’m able to make a big impact on the value we deliver to customers. Proactively searching for potential issues and finding a solution is always challenging, interesting, and rewarding. Addressing any issues we come across usually involves collaborating with multiple departments within the company, which gives me the opportunity to work with a lot of interesting and talented people. Claroty is a very customer-focused company, so the work is very fast paced. It keeps me on my toes—in a very positive way!
Q: What are your favorite aspects of Claroty’s work culture?
Claroty truly is a people-first company, and it’s noticeable with every decision being made by our leadership. Everyone I’ve encountered who works here is interesting, well-rounded, talented, and fun to work with. The atmosphere was great back when we were all working together in the Tel Aviv office, and I’m looking forward to the day we’re able to grab a coffee or lunch together again.
Q: How have you been staying sane in quarantine?
My roommate has a dog, which has done a lot to keep me sane. I’m also into music and brewing my own coffee. I also try to see friends in a safe manner whenever possible.
Q: Do you have any tips for staying productive while working from home?
Don’t try to work lying in bed, it will always end with an unwanted nap! I also recommend creating a good work-from-home playlist that will help you stay focused for long periods of time.
Q: What are some fun facts about you that many people may not know?
I’m very interested in urban planning—I’m fascinated by how cities can be shaped to make life better for their inhabitants. I’ve been reading about the history of how Tel Aviv was planned. It’s a relatively young city and has a lot of Bauhaus-style architecture. I bike everywhere I go, which is a great way to experience the city.
Another fun fact is that I used to be a sailing instructor!
Q: When we’re able to safely travel again, what’s the first place you’d like to go?
I’d like to spend a month somewhere in Spain as an opportunity to improve my Spanish. I previously spent time in Valencia, which is a beautiful city by the beach. I’d also like to visit Scandinavia—I heard the specialty coffee is good there, so I’d like to try it.
Q: What’s your favorite place to grab coffee in Tel Aviv?
It’s called Nahat Café, right in the city center—I definitely recommend checking it out if you ever visit Tel Aviv!