Advice for newcomers
I believe that challenges that I have faced every on a daily basis can give some food for thought for those women who are just beginning to enter the cybersecurity field, or, generally, those who are reflecting on their daily work and trying to see the bigger picture. The following I am happy to share some tips are designed to help for women ion both their work and their life:
\\ Be passionate about what you do. ThisIt is critical! If you do not have passion, it is almost impossible to progress. Even in times of crisis, passion keeps pushing you forward, making you believe in yourself and overcome any obstacles. In order to keep being passionate and involved, I follow professional communities, surround myself with inspiring colleagues and continue to learning.
\\ Create new opportunities for women to succeed. The industry has already achieved great progress: more projects are being developed, new educational initiatives for women are emerging, but there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to career opportunities and chances to express oneself. Find new areas that can be filled with information or actions and continue developing the field.
\\ Don’t be afraid to explore. There are so many things to do and discover! If I could give just one piece of advice to those entering this exciting field, I would emphasize being more proactive and integrating yourself within a huge network. If you surround yourself with professionals, it will be easier for you to find your way.
\\ Maintain a work-life balance. Find a hobby which allows you to have a rest and switch off from work. Personally, I am keen on sport. I play tennis a lot. It helps me to recharge my batteries and take my mind off the daily routine. And, despite the pandemic situation, I continue to love travelling. It is something that makes me feel alive.
14 years ago, when I had just started my career, the media wanted to know what Kaspersky was doing. Today, the market has grown into a big domain, and now everyone knows the basic rules of cybersecurity and how to be connected and remain protected.
Recently I have been featured as one of Europe’s top women in cybersecurity in the new #women4cyber book, ‘Hacking gender barriers: Europe’s Top Cyber Women’. I am extremely honored to achieve this recognition. I think there are many women in Europe who are driving the cybersecurity field, and inclusion in the list means that I am part of this talented and incredible community.
What the future brings
It is difficult to set new goals when a completely different stage of life is coming – and soon I will be becoming a mother! At this time, I would like to concentrate more on the personal side of my life. That said, I have every intention to do more educational activities when I return to work, to continue being part of the Kaspersky women’s movement, to help my younger colleagues by sharing experiences and to keep being part of the network. This is just another step forward.