Women in CybersecurityPROFILE - EMILY PERRIDGE
ThreatQuotient – International Marketing Intern
What do you do at ThreatQuotient?
I do a bit of everything to help the marketing team out. Internationally, I keep the budget sheets up to date, write monthly newsletters for members and organise events such as webinars and corporate hospitality events. In addition to this, I’m working on a self-driven project exploring ways the marketing department can report their contribution and impact on the business.
How long have you worked there?
5 months (Since Oct. 2020)
What do you enjoy most about your job?
This job is far from monotonous. Even if I’m doing the same kind of things, the people and information/data make every task unique.
What do you enjoy most about the company?
Despite being scattered around the world, and in a pandemic, there’s a great community feeling. I love that I can bring myself and my personality to work.
How did you get into cybersecurity?
My dad highly recommends this industry to anyone and everyone. It’s an industry that will never die and it’s fascinating.
What are your hopes for women in cybersecurity in the future?
I hope women don’t feel intimidated by the male dominated industry. We have the right to pursue whatever career, in whichever industry we wish.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge. How will you help forge a gender-equal world?
I plan to help forge a gender equal world by listening to individuals and not treating people differently because of their gender. The gender separation starts as soon as we’re born. I loved building things as a kid, but unfortunately the toys I liked most were marketed more towards boys. Thankfully I had a brother who let me play with his toys. It’s certainly important to listen to kids over what the advert on the tv says. Everyone is an individual and everyone should have a chance to be heard. I wonder what the world would be like if kids were treated the same regardless of sex/gender: same toys, same clothes, same education, same opportunities. How would this change the dynamic of genders in the world as well as gender dynamics in the workplace..?