Nikita Gupta, Information Security Associate at Tevora.
What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite project so far has been doing risk assessment for major corporations. I learned so much about the different risks that big firms can be vulnerable to, and how to combat them.
How do you define success?
Success is a series of small victories. It requires constant determination and hard work.
Where do you see the cybersecurity industry going in the next ten years?
I think there will be a drastic change in the next ten years, a change that will bring us into the “machine era“, where artificial intelligence will be leading the security defense against cyber-crime. Both cyber-attack technologies, as well as security systems, are going to skyrocket in advancement. In cyberspace, anyone could be our enemy, and with that I think we will see a rise in AI-based attacks – ones that will be able to execute independently and in real-time, changing our very understanding of what cybersecurity means in the modern world.
What are the biggest challenges you face being a woman in this industry?
Challenges that we face in this industry start at a younger age. There is a very present unconscious bias in society that expects men to be better in STEM fields – this is present in high school, and persists after – I experienced this being the only girl in an engineering class in college. This stereotype will only continue to be broken, as more and more women join the industry. Currently, women only represent about 20-24% of the global cybersecurity workforce – which is still quite low. However, there’s more awareness of this deficit, and I see more and more campaigns targeting women in STEM now than ever before, supporting and pushing women to join the cybersecurity industry.
Best tips to find balance between your work and personal life?
I think time management is key. I have realized that writing down my upcoming tasks has really helped me stay organized and manage my work and personal life. Outside of learning about the Cyberworld, I love exploring art through fashion and museums!
Do you have a favorite motto or quote to share with us?
“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I was born and brought up in India. I also make fashion illustrations and really appreciate art.
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