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International Women’s Day 2018: The women working in cyber, infosec, data protection & tech


To celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day, we asked a number of women from the infosec, cyber and data protection sectors one question: What’s the best thing about working in your particular industry?

Here’s what they had to say…

Becky Pinkard

Information security professional, published author and professional speaker.

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“The best thing about this field for me is the fact that I get to contribute to the greater good, both in terms of the companies I’ve worked for, the clients we’ve helped, in addition to being “tech and security support” for my immediate and extended family for the past 2 decades.

I have a passion for helping others, troubleshooting problems and “doing what’s right” – this field allows me to combine all of these. I continue to be grateful that I found my way into the field all those years ago.”

Sally Eaves

Chief Technology Officer and Global Strategy advisor.

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“The best thing about this industry is that you are providing a sense of security and peace of mind, while putting the user back in control.

Data protection enables transparency and helps to support ethical business practice. I love being able to provide and pass knowledge to others in the field to further increase developments and enhance collaborative communities.”


Rosie Anderson

Cyber Manager.

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“The best thing about cybersecurity is the breadth of career opportunities available – You can work hands-on with tech, or in compliance and risk management, or manage technical teams, or get involved in cyber strategy.

Cyber security affects everyone, not just corporate businesses but even our children using social media or WhatsApp, to our grandparents getting scammed with online/telephone phishing campaigns.

Working in cyber security means you can really make a difference to the safety of cyber space for everyone. Because cyber threats and cyber security is such an innovative industry, diversity of thought and therefore diverse teams are needed to counter the range of cyber threats challenges that evolve every day.”



Katie Sanderson

Cyber security social media manager.

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“The best thing about cybersecurity is that anyone can learn how to implement the basic skills to protect themselves online.

Whether that be a member of the public doing something as simple as choosing a secure password with FREE guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Or a fortune 500 company securing their company and their customers’ data.”



Tara Taubman-Bassirian

Lawyer, speaker and volunteer Awareness Ambassador at GDPR Awareness Coalition.

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“In my field of IT and IP, technology has a major place. I have always had a love for tech. I did a bit of programming when at law university in Paris. At the time it was Basic and Pascal languages, so it goes back to some years!

I love electronic tools as they can empower human intelligence, and I believe a predictive justice algorithm has a lot to offer in finding the best way of responding to the challenge of the digital world, and reconciling artificial intelligence with human freedom and dignity. It will also help to reconcile technology, privacy and data protection in the era of the GDPR. Helping companies to be compliant while deploying new technologies is what keeps me busy today. I believe GDPR can be an opportunity for companies.

IT law is an area that is still growing. When working on the reform of the Data Protection Directive and the digital economy Bill and anti-counterfeiting legislation in France and UK – Areas that are still evolving where there is a constant need for thinking and update.

Furthermore, IT and IP law in the digital world are borderless. Following the growing use of social media, their effects on the various crisis, political speech. As someone with high flexibility and an international profile, a lateral thinker; technology is what fits me the best.”



Kunjal Tanna

Cybersecurity recruiter.

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“The best thing about working in cyber is the feeling of contributing to the growth of so many businesses. There are so many exciting innovations happening in the cybersecurity sector at the moment and startups lead by incredibly smart people are popping up all over the place.

It’s exciting to be a crucial part of their journey by advising them on talent & helping them grow their teams so that they can develop tools & services that will protect us from the ever growing threat of cybercrime.”


And finally…


Rowenna Fielding

Professional Data Protection Nerd, Information Governance Geek.

Follow Rowenna on Twitter and LinkedIn

“The best thing about data protection is the many opportunities to get really geeky and technical about law….

No wait, it’s the fun of translating abstract legal frameworks into useful operational advice….

Scrub that; actually, it’s the sense of virtue from working in an area of fundamental human rights protection….

OK, it’s all of the above!”

A big thank you to everyone that took the time to contribute. Please go and follow them all on social media. You can find out more about International Women’s Day over on their website.


The information in this blog is for general guidance and does not constitute legal advice.