The IT Security Guru’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards aims to shed a light on the remarkable women in our industry. The following is a feature on just one of the many phenomenal women put forward for the 2021 awards. Presented in a Q&A format, the nominee’s answers are written in their own words with minor edits made by the editor for readability.
This year, the awards are sponsored by KPMG and Beazley.
My main role is to drive security awareness across the African continent. This entails amongst others, fostering public-private sector collaboration opportunities to improve Africa’s cyber security culture, conducting research in this field, assisting national initiatives, speaking at conferences and participating in various working groups.
By accident really! I had a part-time job at Siemens when I was a student and they offered me 3 different topics to write my thesis on. Information security was one of those topics and I chose it because I thought it sounded cool.
Imposter syndrome was a real thing in my twenties, and not being taken seriously as a young woman. I have overcome this by working harder than any of my colleagues and passionately following my goals. Becoming an entrepreneur allowed me to focus on the things I was naturally good at and gain more confidence.
Find out what you are most interested in and what brings you joy and follow that path with determination, self study, take certifications and show your attitude of wanting to learn during your interviews. Companies don’t hire for experience, but for attitude so this internal fire has to shine through. Network and meet other women in this field that are willing to introduce you or mentor you.
 
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