A few weeks ago, our CEO, Sharon Goldberg, had the pleasure of speaking with Melinda Marks on ESG’s Women in Cybersecurity Podcast. They talked about getting into cybersecurity, struggles and challenges of breaking into cybersecurity, and advice and resources for those entering the space.
Getting into Cybersecurity
Sharon wasn’t initially in the cybersecurity space. She started her career as a telecom engineer at a power company but became bored after a few months. Seeking a career switch, Sharon went to Princeton to get her Ph.D. and was put on a team working with lasers to encrypt communications. Having no experience in computer science, she picked up a course in cryptography.
She began looking for a way to use cryptography to merge her network security and infrastructure security interests. Eventually, she became a professor at Boston University—where she eventually became tenured—but decided to take a break and became the CEO and co-founder of BastionZero.
Struggles and Challenges
When Sharon got into cybersecurity, there weren’t many women. There were times when it was difficult, but Sharon endured it. People sometimes underestimated her, and she sought to prove them wrong. Eventually, she found a strong group of people to confide in, who supported and helped her grow.
Advice and Resources
Sharon recommends creating a network of supportive people and eliminating any feelings of fear and inadequacy for those trying to break into the space.
“Make sure that you have a strong group of people—both men and women around you—who will support you and help you grow.”
She also suggests following what’s happening in security on Twitter since the industry moves fast.
Full Episode Link
Interested in hearing more? Listen to the full episode here: https://www.esg-global.com/hubfs/ESG-Women-in-Cybersecurity-Melinda-Marks-and-Sharon-Goldberg.mp3
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