#CyberCareerWeek: HORNE Cyber's Women in Tech

Oct 21, 2021 8:20:00 AM |

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In honor of Cyber Career Awareness Week, HORNE Cyber is proud to introduce a few of our women in tech. Our team shares advice and encouragement for those aspiring to join the cyber field.

In this blog, our team discusses why they went into cybersecurity, what they enjoy most about their job, who inspires them in this field, and provide advice for young women interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity.


Daphne Domalis, Cyber Security Intern

What made you choose to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

"Honestly, I figured it out while pursuing my degree at Tulane and taking a few extra classes in this area, and then ultimately competing in a few CTF (Capture The Flag) challenges. Once I played in a couple challenges, I was hooked and knew exactly what I wanted to do. So really, cybersecurity kinda found me in a way."

 

What do you like most about working in cybersecurity?

"What I like the most is how interesting and challenging it is, and how it's constantly changing and evolving. I also like solving problems and finding information, which is another aspect that I like about this field. I ultimately get to learn new things every day with a great team!"

 

Who are you most inspired by in the industry?

"I'm most inspired by the great team I work with! They're an excellent group!"

 

What would you tell young women today who want to come into the cybersecurity field, and what advice would you give?

"My advice would be to pursue your goals, whether that be in cybersecurity or any part of the tech field, without hesitation and look for mentors/people in the field who are into the same things as you. I will say that the folks in cybersecurity and technology, in general, are more than willing to help others succeed."


Jade Cooper, C-SOC Analyst

What made you choose to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

"I chose to pursue a career in cyber security after a college internship with a local cybersecurity firm. My experience during that time was very positive and led me to pursue a full-time career as a cybersecurity professional."

 

What do you like most about working in cybersecurity?

"The novelty of the job is my favorite part of working in cybersecurity; you get to solve new puzzles every day."

 

Who are you most inspired by in the industry?

"The person that I am most inspired by in the cybersecurity industry would be Rana Khalil."

 

What would you tell young women today who want to come into the cybersecurity field, and what advice would you give?

"The best advice I could give to someone interested in the cybersecurity field is to just go for it and try it out."


Jen McBride, Cyber Risk Manager

What made you choose to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

"I pursued a career in cybersecurity for many reasons, that include:

  • Natural interest in Technology.
  • I enjoy working with people and teaching.
  • Always changing, but we apply the same security foundations/principles as we analyze the change."

What do you like most about working in cybersecurity?

  • "Exponential growth and areas to specialize, which leads to reliable income and strong career outlook due to innovations and upgrades globally to everyday life."

Who are you most inspired by in the industry?

  • "I am inspired by technology innovations and financial investments/investment banking in the private and public sectors. 
  • Examples of companies I enjoy analyzing to understand innovation/financial & investments: Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Tesla, Rivian, NASA, Google.
  • Electric Vehicles (EV) and Technology.
  • Personally, I am inspired by youth that have technology and programming as part of their general education curriculum."

What would you tell young women today who want to come into the cybersecurity field, and what advice would you give?

  • "Positive work/life balance, with ability to work remotely to support a family.
  • The longer you are in the profession the more valuable and knowledgeable you become. 
  • Obtain advanced certifications (licenses), education remotely, supporting continued growth. A few examples are Technology, Business, and Legal Degrees can be obtained over your career, as well as licenses (CISA, CPA, CFE, CISSP, CRISC).
  • You have options to work globally or locally.
  • There is no age limit that you need to retire! You can consult and stay active as a new mom, or older experienced professional."

Lida Kruchten, Cyber Risk Supervisor

What made you choose to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

"I have always been interested in technology and accounting, so making the choice to work in both fields was easy. I get to learn more about systems and applications on a daily basis while also helping financial institutions have a stronger IT environment."  

 

What do you like most about working in cybersecurity?

"I love that everyday is different. Working with so many different clients in different service areas allows me to learn more every day." 

 

Who are you most inspired by in the industry?

"The Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Oracle Corporation, MaryAnn Davidson."

 

What would you tell young women today who want to come into the cybersecurity field, and what advice would you give?

"Do it – we need more females in cybersecurity! My advice would be to explore and find what you love most since you will be doing it everyday."


Megan Hudson, Cyber Risk Manager

What made you choose to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

"I saw a lot of opportunities for growth, learning new things, and the excitement of being involved in an industry where we get to create as we move forward." 

 

What do you like most about working in cybersecurity?

"The fast pace and changes that are constantly being made!"

 

Who are you most inspired by in the industry?

"HORNE Cyber’s Managing Partner, Mike Skinner."

 

What would you tell young women today who want to come into the cybersecurity field, and what advice would you give?

"Own your career! It’s up to you to make a career happen and ask for what you want. Do jobs that are exciting to you, try new things, and be willing to step out of your comfort zone so you can grow." 

 

Together, we can build a safer cyberspace and help bridge the gap for women to enter, stay, and succeed in their cybersecurity careers. Next week, we will be back with HORNE's Chief Information Officer, Joe Benigno, to discuss what it means to be a cyber smart organization. We hope you’ll join us then. For now, do your part. #BeCyberSmart

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