However, there is one project that I hold close to my heart and consider the most significant, not only for the recognition of my work, but also due to its importance as an ESG initiative with a focus on education. Our team conducted a series of interactive cybersecurity roadshows at pre-selected schools in Johannesburg and Cape Town which were aimed at attracting more attention to online safety. These eventswere aimed at children aged 7-13 and covered issues that could be dangerous for those who have only just begun to discover online space, such as cyberbullying, safe social media behaviour and the general rules of online protection. We wanted to raise awareness among the younger generation and give them relevant examples of what they need to be aware of, what could happen online and why it is so important to keep safe online.
In addition, we run global or regionally-focused training programmes and dedicated webinars. These are designed to help our partners’ sales teams to better position our solutions by understanding the difficulties that their customers could be experiencing and how they can help them manage the risks in the best possible way. We also organise technical training sessions that can help technical teams to position their products better and to become more confident in what they are doing on a daily basis. We engage our GReAT team experts and run workshops on malware analysis or incident response, enabling our partners every step of the way.
These projects could not be done without global teams, which are my role models. I am totally inspired by the exciting creative projects that they develop and launch. I suppose our work is one of the ways to break the bias, to face the challenges that we have to face when it comes to introducing more female professionals to IT. When we consider Africa and South Africa, it’s certainly a different story, and here it’s more complicated to make the industry less male-dominant. However, by gradually raising awareness, by giving girls and women more opportunities to show their skills and build great careers, we can transform the whole industry.