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Wisdom From The Women Leading The Cybersecurity Industry, With Dr Hanine Salem of Novus Consulting Group

Be who you truly are and embrace your softer side as a leader. I started my career always trying to prove myself worthy in the field, and even tried to almost “dress like a man” to be taken seriously. Now I embrace my true self, my softer side.

  1. The opportunity to diversify the field of cybersecurity. Implementing cybersecurity training in more schools means a higher chance of diversity in the industry. People from different genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds can provide a fresh perspective to solving highly complex security problems.
  2. The sky’s the limit. Cyberattacks are growing more sophisticated by the day, and we need as many great minds as possible to counter these attacks. I am excited to be part of a business working to grow great minds in the industry.
  • Cyber Predators: Adults who use the internet to exploit students to inflict harm.
  • Malware: Cybercriminals today often trick victims into downloading malware that can take control of their devices. In some cases, malware is even disguised as games or apps.
  • Malicious Ads: Ads used to spread unwanted messages or spam.
  • Identity Theft: A 2018 Javelin Strategy & Research Study revealed that more than one million children are victims of identity fraud, resulting in total losses of $2.6 billion and over $540 million in out-of-pocket costs to families.
  • Online Gaming: According to research from the Entertainment Software Association, 70% of families have at least one child who plays video games. With this many children actively gaming, phishing scams, viruses and harassment have become commonplace in gaming communities.
  • The speed at which the “bad guys” are moving isn’t slowing down. Cybersecurity training shouldn’t be on the horizon for schools; the time is now to teach students to protect themselves.
  • Infusing basic cybersecurity awareness into the high school curriculum can prepare students for the world of work by giving them proper digital etiquette skills while also increasing awareness of cybersecurity as a possible career path. This would ensure that students of all backgrounds have opportunities to explore the profession.
  1. I have also learned that being overly competitive isn’t the key to success. It’s more important to be compassionate than competitive.
  2. Understand the strengths of each individual on your team. People look up and try to learn from those in leadership positions who are compassionate and try to grow the team and build others.
  3. Listen more as a leader. It’s so important to hear the perspectives of others. Your mission will only continue to grow within your business by understanding your team and assigning the right tasks to people based on their strengths.
  4. Finally, I let my work speak for itself. Unfortunately, it can seemingly take more effort for a woman to prove herself. I have been to meetings with my team in different parts of the world where the officials wouldn’t even look at me, just the males on my team. I have learned not to take it personally or over-compensate, and again, let my work speak for itself.



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