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.
As a Security Specialist, I have the opportunity to work with many different organisations to understand their cybersecurity challenges so we can work together to find the best solutions.
Fifteen years ago, before cybersecurity was a fully identified technology category, I worked for an online backup and photo-sharing company that was acquired by what was then known as an anti-virus company. This was the start of the burgeoning field which became known as cybersecurity.  
Imagine my thrill at having the opportunity to witness the emergence of a brand new technology industry! I quickly became obsessed with the complexity of ever-changing threats and the growing intelligence and solutions available to protect companies, consumers, and countries.
The biggest challenge I continue to face is how to balance my ambition against what brings me joy in life. I have had many demanding, global roles, which I’ve loved, several of which forced me to detrimentally prioritise work above all else. With experience and maturity, I have learned sometimes it’s important to have the courage to reset and step back, confident in the realisation that I will always be successful at whatever I chose to do.
Supporting others to embrace an exciting career in cybersecurity, and sharing my passion for the industry, is very important to me. I was honoured to be the global lead for the Attract Pillar at my company and was tasked with leading a group to attract women to work for the organisation in cybersecurity.  
I am a passionate mentor to BAME undergraduates at my organisation, guiding them as they make their initial decisions in their careers.  
As a Board Committee Member for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), I am consistently advocating for the inclusion and diversification of sight-impaired people in the industry.  
As a Trustee of CITA, one of the important parts of the charity to me is how we connect former military personnel re-entering the civilian workforce with technology industry mentors.
Embrace the reality that your gender is irrelevant and what you do in your career is based 100% on your fearlessness, tenacity, and curiosity.
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