Some things inspire us and have a “wow” effect on us. Some things inspire us and make us wonder more but some things inspire us and make us take an action. I remember giving my first presentation about Cell phone viruses and security in 2008 for my intercollege paper presentation competition, and this was the first time I got interested in cyber security. After winning that competition, I started participating in more state and national level competitions, going to different colleges to listen to different speakers and reading the latest news about what is going on in this field. All my college and Master’s projects were based on Cryptography, Antivirus software (mini model development), watermarking, cloud computing in the banking sector and so on. On the personal level, I try to design the models and frameworks which I am sure will be useful for the organizations soon. My journey on the Cyber Security path has just started and I am excited to go further, learn continuously, be aware of what this cyber world has to provide me.
I can clearly compare the awareness level among people in 2008 and 2017. People and organizations have become so much aware of what content they are making digital and what can be the consequences of that if tomorrow their data is hacked. Today, when we think of being attacked virtually, what appears in our mind are the bank passwords, our social security numbers, our production codes (if you are an organization), access controls check and the list continues. The cybercrimes (‘CC’ I would say) have expanded their horizon to all the Industry sectors. According to the ITRC report the highest level of breaches take place in Health and Medical sector and Hacking/Skimming and Phishing report to around 60 % of the total breaches, the cyber hygiene is necessary in all the sectors. There is nothing that we are not aware of about protecting our assets yet there is everything that we don’t know about protecting them. The cyber stage is expanding horizontally and vertically. Below is the checklist which could be kept on top of your mind every day to see if you are safe in this cyber world. These pointers can be a good start either to enter the cyber world or to have a quick check list of whether you and your team are going on the correct cyber track.
‘’And the good girls go to heaven, but the bad girls go everywhere...’’ – This is what I have read when I was trying to know Lisa better on her Twitter account. Controversial, courageous, and ambitious, this woman has a lot to share with us about her experience, and how she climbed the corporate ladder in security. I chatted with Lisa for hours about life, politics, and technology as well as about how to tackle the challenges in a male-dominated industry.
Franziska Bühler currently works as a Senior Systems Engineer in Switzerland.
Her main areas of responsibility are web server security and everything related to the access layer. In Switzerland, this typically includes authentication and web application firewalls.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a specialization in IT security. She is also a Certified OSSTMM Professional Security Tester (OPST), accredited by ISECOM (Institute for Security and Open Methodologies).