During the 4th W4C Masterclass, Rayna Stamboliyska talked about the unconscious bias and difficulties that women face in cybersecurity and how to tackle them. Because according to Rayna... Yes, girls outperform boys at school. Yes, women managers outperform their men counterparts at work. Plenty of initiatives exist to encourage more entry-level diversity. But how many tackle the leaky career pipeline?
Career paths are fast evolving in cybersecurity. We have made progress in addressing diversity. However, for an equally fast change to happen, we need inclusion and flexibility in career paths. Women are as much C-level material as men. We must act accordingly.
Rayna shared the advice she hoped someone had shared with her at the beginning of her career, she talked about how to navigate a career in cybersecurity, and how to transform a job into a career.
"You must know what you are good at and what you are bad at, and be honest about it with yourself and others"
Rayna takes decisions based on values, which according to her at the same time shape one's career. She identifies six main values:
- Gaining knowledge
- Having fun
- Getting power
- Creating human connections
- Helping people
- Making money
Rayna's presentation was followed by a fruitful exchange full of
advice and recommendations along the lines of how to grow in the field and what to do as an employer to attract and keep women in your organisation, and so on.