We are the women in cyber. The few protecting the many. The underrepresented, who over influence. The half of the world, who see the problems differently, who solve them uniquely. We are the women in cyber safeguarding society. Protecting us all. We need more like us. We need more like you.
Meet Shackerah, a Specialist Master on the Detect and Respond team in the US Cyber practice. Her job is to find cyber adversaries who breach organisations trying to steal data or sensitive information; stop them before they can inflict financial, operational and reputational damage; and figure out how they got there in the first place. She’s passionate about helping clients through a breach and helping them make adjustments to their current infrastructure so they can better detect threats and protect their organisations for the future. Each situation is unique and she learns something as well, using those experiences to improve new capabilities she develops.
While Shackerah’s career didn’t start out in cyber, she’s happy she made the leap to try it out and learn more. In hindsight, she says that her biggest obstacle to getting into cyber was her own thought process and self-doubt. Her advice to anyone considering a career in cyber is to just try it - cyber is so broad and you can do almost anything – there is so much need for cyber professionals - and the opportunities are endless.
About her work:
Shackerah has a diverse skillset spanning Windows Domain administration, Vulnerability Management, Log Management, E-mail & Web Security tools, End-Point solutions, IPS/IDS solutions and more. A graduate of Howard University with an undergrad in Computer Information Systems and graduate degree in Supply Chain Management, Shackerah understands how a broad vendor ecosystem can create vulnerabilities for an organisation.
We need more like Shackerah. We need more like you.