Heather Gantt-Evans
Posted: Wednesday, Mar 08

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Heather Gantt-Evans
From KBI

Name: Heather Gantt-Evans
Company: SailPoint Technologies, Inc
Title: Chief Information Security Officer, SailPoint

 

Why do you enjoy working in the cyber security field?

I enjoy the field of cybersecurity for so many reasons. To list a few, I enjoy the continuous learning involved with keeping up with the evolving best practices and threat landscape. I love that this field is so opportunity rich with abundant humble beginnings, success stories and strong job security. I love how passionate the people I work with are about defending against cyber adversaries. I love protecting people’s privacy and making a meaningful impact to the businesses risk. I love taking technical concepts and communicating them in a way anyone can understand. I love calculating risk and making informed decisions. 

 

What are your words of advice to encourage other women to work in the space?

The primary piece of advice I would give is to trust that there is a need for what you bring to the table. It is so easy to over-simplify the needs of a cybersecurity organisation down to coding and hacking skills; but it takes so much more than that. We need data analysts, risk assessors, project managers, policy makers, strategists, reporting experts, communication leads, people to design easy-to-understand security training for the everyday employee, people to monitor for anomalies on the network, people to research cyber threats, and the list goes on. None of these roles require coding or hacking. We need you. Reach out to a woman in cybersecurity and start receiving mentorship around breaking into the field – you belong.

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