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International Women's Day 2021: Isabelle Dumont, Cowbell Cyber

This is part of a running series for #IWD2021. We sat down with women leaders across the industry for a Q&A to get their insights on the state of women in cybersecurity. Recognize Women Leaders in the 2021 Tech Ascension Awards.

Isabelle Dumont, Vice President of Market Engagement at Cowbell Cyber:

How has the women workforce in cybersecurity evolved over recent years? Where is it heading?

Everybody is coming to grips with the reality that cybersecurity touches every aspect of our personal and professional lives. As new graduates join the workforce, and cybersecurity transforms itself to use innovative technologies like artificial intelligence, we slowly see more cybersecurity positions getting filled by women. At the leadership level, however, the transition remains slow.

What advice would you give to young women looking to enter into cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is not a monolithic industry. I would invite women and newcomers to explore some of the new segments that are exploding as the market matures and evolves to address security more holistically. For example, cyber insurance offers a wide range of opportunities in underwriting, actuarial, or brokerage. Cybersecurity awareness training is another segment that is taking centerstage with the need to raise awareness how to apply security best practices on the internet.



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