Today, in our ongoing series of celebrating remarkable women in tech, we look at Helen Oluyemi.
Helen Oluyemi is a Cloud Security Operations Analyst who loves her job because it provides her with different challenges and opportunities to keep learning. Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field, and therefore, she needs to stay on top of new threats, technologies, and trends and thus is able to stay ahead of the curve.
On what her greatest achievement is, Oluyemi says she has been able to mentor 50 young women and men interested in cybersecurity and has volunteered in cybersecurity NGOs and initiatives to help increase security measures and spread awareness of the importance of cybersecurity. These include writing articles, creating educational materials, and participating in conferences and other events.
Oluyemi has also been part of developing and implementing security measures, developing security policies and processes and implementing security controls that help protect networks from potential threats, and analyzing system security. All these achievements have been gratifying for Oluyemi and have made her proud of her work in cybersecurity.
On biases she has encountered in the field, she says the view that women are less technically skilled than make is persistent. To overcome this, Oluyemi has developed a solid background in technical knowledge and skills and has become confident in her skills. She is also very vocal about her achievements and is tenacious in seeking opportunities and showcasing those skills.
Her advice to women getting into tech: “Believe in yourself, be confident and ready to take risks, and don’t be intimidated by your male colleagues. Also, network with other women in the same field and use them as a source of support, guidance, and encouragement. Lastly, be free to ask questions and speak up.”
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