Advice for Young Women Getting Started in Cybersecurity | Avast

Advice for Young Women Getting Started in Cybersecurity | Avast
Sindhura Gade, 16 May 2019

Sindhura Gade, a cybersecurity engineer at Avast, gives advice to young women based on her own experience



Being an engineer in the cybersecurity space means working on finding answers to potential security threats and finding better ways to safeguard our families. I work on a variety of technologies, and with cybersecurity growing rapidly, I get to stay updated on the latest software trends and practices. Building these solutions also lets me learn about the internal workings of the web. Most importantly, I work in a field that will continuously interest me, challenge me, and keep me passionate.
I got my bachelor’s degree in computer science from a university in India – Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) – where my professors always encouraged me to explore the branches of computer science. I took part in presentations, debates, and group discussions that allowed me to absorb as much information as I could in the vast field of IT. Having a wonderful set of friends and co-students that shared this perspective was a blessing too, which ensured an atmosphere of healthy competition. Not everyone is as fortunate as I was, and I hope the following suggestions will be helpful to students, especially young women, looking to break through in cybersecurity.  
How to get started in cybersecurity
What type of engineer are you?
The first thing to understand and figure out is what part of cybersecurity do you want to get into? Do you like to work on powerful servers and applications behind the scenes? You might be a back-end engineer. Are you empathetic and interested in a user’s experience? You might be a UI engineer. Do you see the big p ..