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Women leaders in security recognized

Joan Goodchild | May 7, 2013
Thoughts and reflections from the 2012 EWF Women of Influence winners

How are women making inroads in security professions today? What more needs to be done?

To be effective, security today and in the future will of necessity be more interdisciplinary. That will play to women's abilities to lead and participate in cross-silo teams that will assess risks, develop compliance and training strategies, design IT architectures, and embed security into all types of environments.

What valuable advice have you received along the way in your career?

To be authentic -- anything else, if you want to have an impact, is impossible to sustain. To be passionate about the mission --whatever it may be --because passion sustains you and anyone you aspire to influence. To put yourself in others' shoes, because empathy builds trust and alliances. Success is much more likely if you put these ideas into practice.

What has your personal mission been in your career? Have your accomplishments lived up to your expectations for yourself?

Everything I've enjoyed doing over the years has had just one thing in common which, I eventually realized, is my personal mission: To work on important and complex subjects, make sense of them, and help guide others so together we do the right things. I think that's why I enjoy working in security and privacy so much, and why I consider myself so lucky to have starting work in this area when I did.

What goals have you set for yourself for the future?

To keep growing. To stay passionate. To always be authentic.

Lifetime achievement: Sandra Hughes

Sandra Hughes has over 25 years of managerial and executive experience at the Procter & Gamble Company in variety of leadership assignments in the US, Germany and Belgium. Since 2001 until retirement in June 2012, she was responsible for developing global strategic programs for Information Governance & Compliance Risk Management, Privacy & Data Protection, Ethics & Compliance, Social Media Policy and Competitive & Technical Intelligence.

How are women making inroads in security professions today? What more needs to be done?

As the number of women with technical degrees continues to increase, I think we will continue to see greater strides in women leading security professions. However, another way for a woman to make inroads is through broadening her scope to interface with hot topic areas like Privacy and Information Governance which statistically tend to be more gender balanced professions. Then, as more corporations think strategically about their total risk universe --with security/privacy/information governance/ethics & compliance ranked right up there with the risk of missing financial projections for example --women with a scope broader than security may have more opportunities, or at least more options, to advance their careers.


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