What do you do on a day to day basis?
I am an android developer intern and a full time student.
What attracted you to information security?
Two courses that I took in undergrad related to info sec.
Do you have a degree and/or certifications? Do you think that they are necessary to work in information security?
I am currently getting a degree that specializes in info sec and assurance. I don’t think they are necessary though, security is more about hands on practice and the hacker mindset, according to me. That can be achieved through personal projects too, not necessarily a degree.
What are some of the biggest challenges that you have faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
My career is just getting started. My biggest challenge right now is getting my foot in the door.
How do you achieve a work life balance to avoid burnout?
I dedicate time for social life and myself every week. Being the organized person that I am, I map everything out on my calendar and make sure that I have some room left to breathe in it.
What is some advice that you would like provide to girls participating in STEM?
I’d advise them to take on opportunities outside of school work, be it personal projects or hackathons, etc to get more exposure and learn from experience and not just a book.
What resources do you recommend for women who are interested in breaking into your specialty area?
The wonderful world of internet. There are a lot of resources available online that are one google search away. I recently found out that the info sec community is actually very active on twitter. Following reliable sources introduces you to the quality content they post online.