28Tanya Janca

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“It took me a long time to realize that managers are not always leaders, and leaders are not always managers.”

Twitter: @shehackspurpleWebsite: SheHacksPurple.dev

Tanya Janca, aka SheHacksPurple, is an independent security consultant. Her obsession with securing software runs deep, from running her OWASP chapter for four years and founding the OWASP DevSlop open source and education project. With her countless blog articles, workshops, and talks, her focus is clear. Tanya is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion, cofounding the international women's organization WoSEC, starting the online #MentoringMonday initiative, and personally mentoring, advocating for, and enabling countless other women in her field. As a professional computer geek of 20+ years, she is a person who is truly fascinated by the “science” of computer science.

Do you believe there is a massive shortage of career cybersecurity professionals?

Yes, I believe there is a shortage of technology professionals who are adequately trained in information security. Not only do I believe we don't have enough people working in roles whose main responsibility is to ensure the security of our systems and data, but I also believe that many people who are in IT roles are not given enough training to perform the duties of their jobs in a secure manner, which is part of why we are currently having ...

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