The end of a year—and the end of a decade—offer the opportunity to pause and reflect, but also to focus on the future and imagine how work lives and enterprises might change and evolve.
SC Magazine UK recently released a list of 50 women of influence in cybersecurity in Europe. These women are among the leaders who will ensure that new technologies are adopted safely and securely and help enterprises succeed in a rapidly changing technology landscape. The list includes 13 ISACA® members and leaders:
- Jenny Boneva, CISA, vice president of and SheLeadsTech liaison for the ISACA Sofia (Bulgaria) Chapter
- Biljana Cerin
- Phedra Clouner
- Daniela Gschwend, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, president of the ISACA Switzerland Chapter
- Peggy Heie, CISA, CRISC
- Enkeleda Ibrahimi
- Sanja Kekic, CRISC, president of and SheLeadsTech liaison for the ISACA Belgrade (Serbia) Chapter
- Anastasiia Konoplova, CISA, president of the ISACA Kyiv (Ukraine) Chapter
- Loredana Mancini, CRISC, CGEIT
- Pelin Pehlivan, CISA, CRISC, SheLeadsTech liaison for the ISACA Istanbul (Turkey) Chapter
- Anette Roll Richardsen
- Rudite Springe, CISM, CGEIT, SheLeadsTech liaison for the ISACA Latvia Chapter
- Andrea Zengo, CISA, CISM, SheLeadsTech program chair for the ISACA Budapest (Hungary) Chapter
These women were evaluated across a spectrum of accomplishments including published works, speaking engagements, cybersecurity expertise, current and past roles, and prominence within open source and social media activity. Many of these women are involved with the SheLeadsTech program and all serve as examples of the breadth of expertise that enterprises need as they move into the next decade.
Sanja Kekic spoke at the 2019 EuroCACS/CSX conference about the skills that are needed to help transition enterprises at the same pace as emerging technologies. “The professional landscape is changing and we all need to be prepared for what is coming next,” she said. “We are going to see that our technical skills will move into more specialized areas.
Additionally, our profession has access to a lot of data and the tools needed for hacking. We are going to need to pay closer attention to ethics in our field.”
Kekic, the other women on SC Magazine’s list of 50 women of influence in cybersecurity in Europe and women like them around the world will help navigate the next decade of tech, including how professional roles will change in the wake of increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.