SC Media’s 30th anniversary Q&A with Digital Shadow’s Becky Pinkard

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Author: Doug Olenick

As SC Media celebrates its 30th anniversary, we asked industry standout Becky Pinkard, vice president of Intelligence and IT at Digital Shadow to look back on her 30-plus years in the industry.

Becky Pinkard

How long have you been in security? 

Since 1996

How has your discipline changed over the
years? 

It’s become visible
and more open – what started as a very niche part of IT has grown up into it’s
own space (thankfully!).

How has the industry changed for women over
the years? More or less opportunity? 

I think the
opportunity has always been there – I think it’s the social mores of the
communities and regions women are growing up with that are changing and that is
helping more girls and women know about and feel more welcome in the cyber
security industry. Having said that and while women are gaining ground, there
is still a long way to go in our industry.

What has been your biggest surprise during
your cybersecurity career? 

Feels like I should at
some attack or another, but without a doubt, it was the massive raise my boss
at PepsiCo gave me when I was hired there as a Senior Security Architect! She
told me I was extremely underpaid and that I was worth double what I had been
on. It was an eye-opening experience and I’ve always been grateful to her for
that.

Did you ever foresee that it would be the
daily news maker that it has become?

 I’ve told my
teams and audiences (pretty much anyone who will listen to me blab on about
security!) that those of us in this industry have “job security”. Cyber
security is here to stay for the foreseeable future and I see the upward trend
of awareness continuing to grow for many more years to come.

What has been the biggest threat you have
faced or simply seen develop during your tenure in the industry? 

Again feels like I
should say something along the lines of “eternalblue”, “ILOVEYOU” or
“ransomware”, but really it boils down to ignorance and apathy. I think because
security (and technology in general) can be complex and at times, really
difficult to explain in straight-forward terms, the business people who need to
be most informed can tune-out due to frustration and fear of their inability to
understand the issues.

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