Women in CybersecurityPROFILE - AYLEA BALDWIN
Reddit – Manager, Threat Intelligence
What do you do at Reddit?
I run the threat detection team responsible for providing in-depth investigation and analysis of wide-scale threats to the Reddit ecosystem.
How long have you worked there?
1 year- but to be fair it was the longest year in the history of the world lol
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I work on a team made up of brilliant and passionate analysts from diverse backgrounds solving hard problems. What more could I ask for?!
What do you enjoy most about the company?
The desire to bring community and belonging is a real thing at Reddit the company- not just a vision for the platform. It’s great to work in a place that you can bring your authentic self and see genuine efforts to show employees they are valued.
How did you get into cybersecurity?
I first dipped my toes into the cyber pool with my first cybersecurity job at the US Department of State as an analyst in the Cyber Threat Analysis Division. I was hired for my intelligence background (I didn’t know anything about the cyber landscape then) and I was so lucky to meet some of the most amazing minds I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from early in my career.
What are your hopes for women in cybersecurity in the future?
That every one of them understands that they are in control of their path and that they shouldn’t undermine their own success by accepting less than they truly deserve.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge. How will you help forge a gender-equal world?
Hopefully, I can help by being a representative voice of a woman in the field that is also navigating the path and showing value alongside my non-female counterparts.