Tyler Hatch, a lifelong resident of BC, is the founder and CEO of DFI Forensics. DFI Forensics is a digital forensics and cyber-attack response firm. Tyler is an animal lover (particularly dogs!) who enjoys travelling and riding motorcycles.
When you first started your career, how did you know you were ready and what made you start?
I knew I was ready to launch my business shortly after discovering the field of digital forensics.
Being able to “solve a mystery” by picking up digital clues left at the “crime scene” was very intriguing. I knew there was a market for this service, and I went for it.
What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
My number one priority in my daily work is to provide clients with the best possible service and delivered product. I have very high standards, but I believe that you should do it right if you’re going to do something.
What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career and why?
My favourite thing about my career is combining my passion for technology with my previous career as a litigation lawyer. Finding precise evidence on computers that answers factual questions in the context of a legal dispute is fascinating to me. I mostly enjoy working with the legal community while no longer being a lawyer myself. I admire people who practice law at a high level and do it well. That career was very difficult for me on a day to day basis, and I wasn’t very happy doing it.
I am grateful that I have now found a professional path that motivates and rewards me.
What is your number one business goal to accomplish this year?
As my business transitions from a start-up company into a growing company, it is important to drive growth forward. I spent a lot of time planning the year ahead with very measurable objectives at the beginning of the year. I am trying to grow the business, but an important part of business planning is how one will manage one’s health, so I was mindful to also set health goals for myself.
Where do you see yourself in five years? How do you envision your future?
In five years, I hope to see myself more removed from the day-to-day business operations and management of my business and strictly in a leadership role. As a small business owner, I am still involved in many of the operation and management tasks that consume more time than I wish they would. As the business grows, I hope to have competent management to execute the vision and values of the business on a daily level while I lead and grow the business.
On a selfish note, the pandemic has shown us that remote work is reasonable and possible, and I hope to maybe spend the dreary BC winters in another part of the world like sunny California!