What advice do you have for someone starting out in this field?
Don’t be intimidated by jumping into a new field. I think a lot of people, and especially women, tend to suffer from impostor syndrome in which they think they aren’t qualified or capable to take on a task unless they meet every single one of the requirements. Cybersecurity is a field that is always changing, and can benefit from input from people with a diverse set of backgrounds and skills, not solely from hard technical skills. There are tons of opportunities for training and certifications, and since the field is always changing there is always something new to learn. If you think you have skills that may apply, I encourage you to learn more about the field you’re interested in, either by exploring on Trailhead, researching on the internet, or meeting with someone working in the field currently to ask about their experience. There are a variety of Meetup, Facebook, and LinkedIn groups for cybersecurity professionals, including for women and minorities looking to break into the field. Do what you can to educate yourself about opportunities, and when you find the right one, don’t be afraid to apply! Think about how your current experience fits with the skills and strengths needed to succeed in the role and be explicit about that in your application and interview. There are so many exciting opportunities out there, there’s bound to be one that’s right for you!