Being that I am interested in all things related to the Network Security field, attending this session was a must for me! This forum included some very accomplished women who have proven to be leaders in their areas of expertise. This session was moderated by Minerva Rodriguez (Raytheon) and included panelists, Meg Layton (Symantec), Carrie Gates (CA Labs), and Michelle Guel (Cisco).
This session set out to answer the questions:
Are we there yet in the area of cybersecurity?
Where do we need to be in five years?
The panelists discussed their educational backgrounds and work experience that has led them to the world of cybersecurity.
I really gained a lot of insight about this field. I was especially drawn in by these women. The whole session was very conversational. It was as if you were just sitting around talking with some of your friends. These women were very down to earth and were very approachable.
Some things that I took away from the panelists was that in this field no two people will tell you the same thing about cybersecurity. Also, that you will either be a Builder, Breaker, or Defender. I thought this was a unique way of looking at the Security area. Also, cybersecurity is a term that is now becoming popular; however Information Security is what it's widely known as. In addition, these ladies also provided great career advice as far as stating that you should never stay in one area too long. It's best to be well rounded in this field because it's ever changing.
One speaker stated, "There's always something new to learn, always someone who knows more than you but you can learn from." Also, something that I was already aware of was reinforced; certain certifications such as a Certified Information Systems Specialist (CISSP) are needed for most areas in the security industries.
This session proved to be very valuable for me and I was glad that I was able to attend!