Accumulating knowledge is the key in the field of security and it turned out to be an asset while I attended different forums and training sessions. My urge to grow in technical skills, in information management and business development saw me through the lockdown in 2020 which provided enough room for practice. I engaged in Catch The Flag (CTF) challenges which gave me access to more skill and reach in communities.
Putting myself out there guided me alot on this journey and continues to do so. The most important tools have been LinkedIn and Twitter as they guided me to people and led people to me as well. Through them I discovered webinars which were arranged by Milima Security in partnership with Yelbridges, a cybersecurity company in Kenya. The webinars happened every Friday and were very interactive, informative and inspiring. Here I discovered the importance of guided mentorship and I decided to find mentors in this field. Mentorship is another important aspect that has been a foothold for me since I started this journey.
I sought an internship opportunity with Milima Security and luckily I made the list in September 2020.
The skillset grows every time I try and fail and try again. The notion is never to wait until one is an expert to do what one is passionate about, it’s through doing it that one becomes an expert.
I am on a journey to impact the field of cyber security and to encourage more women to join the cyber space. While women offer such tremendous skills and contribution to this field, they are still underrepresented compared to the male colleagues. statistics indicate that decisions get better as diversity increases. For example, gender-diverse teams make superior decisions 73% of the time. There is an 80% chance of improved choices when a group has a variety of both genders.
What keeps me motivated are the challenges ahead and the urge to create solutions for them. The room for growth in the industry allows for exploration and alot of learning which keeps me interested to continue on this journey.