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What Books Should You Read ?

by Magda CHELLY October 26, 2017

Over the different stages of my life, there have been many times when a book helped me focus in the right directions and get my motivation and strength back. There were also days where the only activity that could release my stress was reading. And, it is amazingly great that in Singapore, we have this library as well, where you can just grab a book or eight 😊 ! It was always super empowering and inspiring, especially for someone who is building his own business.


Undeniably, books are part of a female empowerment journey as they should be. Women sharing their own experiences, successes, failures, and achievements allow us to relate to our lives, and overcome encountered obstacles. For my journey, reading was always the activity that would teach me the most, relax me, and bring very good new insights for my entrepreneurial career.

I have read books by amazing female founders, entrepreneurs, business women, and they all have a common point. They built or are building their own legend. Yes, indeed, they are legends.

I prepared a list of books that I consider as must-read female empowerment in technology. This list is a good starting point for you, ladies to believe in yourself and like said Lesley Carhart, a Security Incident Response Team Lead:

‘’ Repeat after me:
I’m good at my job.
I’m smart &help others.
It’s OK I’m not an expert at every niche of InfoSec as long as I keep learning.’’

I like to believe that I can help you, ladies, achieve your dreams, and build a great career in cyber security or technology in general. I try all my best to empower women wherever I have the chance to, all over the World. Because, ladies, yes we can 😊 !

Check out the books, and let me know if you have read them or just click on the picture if you would like to purchase them.

  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know

    Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

    Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.



    The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school--a job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she's the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, evenwhen that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.




    • Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories

    Geared toward women who are considering getting into tech, or those already in a tech job who want to take their career to the next level, this book combines practical career advice and inspiring personal stories from successful female tech professionals Brianna Wu (founder, Giant Spacekat), Angie Chang (founder, Women 2.0), Keren Elazari (TED speaker and cybersecurity expert), Katie Cunningham (Python educator and developer), Miah Johnson (senior systems administrator), Kristin Toth Smith (tech executive and inventor), and Kamilah Taylor (mobile and social developer).
    Written by a female startup CEO and featuring a host of other successful contributors, this book will help dismantle the unconscious social bias against women in the tech industry. 




    • Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech 

    This book describes the experiences and successes of female innovators and entrepreneurs in the still largely male-dominated tech-world in twenty candid interviews. It highlights the varied life and career stories that lead these women to the top positions in the technology industry that they are in now.

    Interviewees include CEOs, founders, and inventors from a wide spectrum of tech organizations across sectors as varied as mobile technology, e-commerce, online education, and video games. Interviewer Danielle Newnham, a mobile startup and e-commerce entrepreneur herself  as well as an online community organizer, presents the insights, instructive anecdotes, and advice shared with her in the interviews, including stories about raising capital for one’s start-up, and about the obstacles these women encountered and how they overcame them.

    This timely book will be of great interest to anyone working in tech or looking to get into the industry, and more in general: to everyone wanting to learn how they can contribute to leveling the field of occupational opportunity and to strengthening teams and companies through merit and diversity. 



    • Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech

    Meet the women who haven't asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it -- building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other's ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying women and girls everywhere to join the digital revolution. Geek Girl Rising isn't about the famous tech trailblazers you already know, like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. Instead, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens introduce readers to the fearless female entrepreneurs and technologists fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that's changing the way we live, work and connect to each other. 

    Readers will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They'll get a peek inside YouTube sensation Michelle Phan's ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. They will sit down with Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the "women in tech" conversation to front pages. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she co-founded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much-needed capital. These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view matters in the age of technology and can rock big returns. At a time when women hold 26% of computing jobs in the U.S. and make up a tiny fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, their stories shine a light on new role models who prove that in the fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.





    • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

    From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
    After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. 
    Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

    Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
    We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.



    • Women in Cybersecurity

    Women in Cybersecurity provides a basic overview of the employment status of women in the cybersecurity field. While women comprise over 50% of the workforce in the U.S, less than 25% of cyber staff are women. This book offers a close look at the current status of women in the cybersecurity arena, highlights reasons for the paucity of women, and--relying both on research and personal experience--gives suggestions that will encourage women to join this technical field.



    • Google Cybersecurity Expert Parisa Tabriz

    Do you like to compete against other people? So did cybersecurity engineer Parisa Tabriz. She turned her toughness and her competitive spirit into a job as Google's top security expert.

    As a child, Tabriz loved to play games with her brothersand she played to win. When she couldn't outmuscle them, she tried to outsmart them. In high school, she excelled at math and science. She also liked drawing and painting. She considered a career as an artist and even as a police officer. Years later, Tabriz became an information security engineer at Google. How did she go from battling her brothers to fighting cybercriminals at one of the world's most important tech companies? Read on to learn all about the life of Google's top security brain.



    Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories


    This book is written by a cyber security female professional Tarah M. Wheeler. I really admire Tarah and follow her on Twitter as well. She has been doing great things in the field, and I am glad to see such an inspiring women in the field, asides with Keren Elazari, of course. 

    Geared toward women who are considering getting into tech, or those already in a tech job who want to take their career to the next level, this book combines practical career advice and inspiring personal stories from successful female tech professionals Brianna Wu (founder, Giant Spacekat), Angie Chang (founder, Women 2.0), Keren Elazari (TED speaker and cybersecurity expert), Katie Cunningham (Python educator and developer), Miah Johnson (senior systems administrator), Kristin Toth Smith (tech executive and inventor), and Kamilah Taylor (mobile and social developer).
    Readers will learn:

    ·      The secrets of salary negotiation
    ·      The best format for tech resumes
    ·       How to ace a tech interview
    ·       The perks of both contracting (W-9) and salaried full-time work
    ·       The secrets of mentorship
    ·       How to start your own company
    ·       And much more


    I leave the best for the end. The book of Jane Frankland, my friend and an amazing woman in cyber security. 

    • Insecurity: Why a Failure to Attract and Retain Women in Cybersecurity Is Making Us All Less Safe

    Women are fundamentally different to men and, when it comes to cybersecurity, one thing is certain...


    Women matter in cybersecurity because of the way they view and deal with risk. Typically, women are more risk averse, compliant with rules, and embracing of organisational controls and technology than men. They're also extremely intuitive and score highly when it comes to emotional and social intelligence, which enables them to remain calm during times of turbulence - a trait that's required when major security breaches and incidents occur.

    As cybercrime, terrorism and warfare is increasing, and the number of women in cybersecurity is declining, now is the time to take action. By combining stories, interviews and data with practical advice, the golden rules and checklists, IN Security provides the means to turn things around.

    When you read this book you'll understand why the numbers of women have fallen, along with strategies for attracting, identifying, and retaining more women in cybersecurity. This book is essential reading for anyone in cybersecurity or looking to get into it.



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    So ladies - never have doubts about yourselves and go for it !


    An article written by Magda Chelly. 

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    Who is Magda CHELLY :

    Magda Lilia Chelly, is the Managing Director of Responsible Cyber Pte. by day, and a cyberfeminist hacker by night.

    Magda calls herself a cyberfeminist and a cyber evangelist. She is involved in public speaking and international conferences as a keynote speaker where she addresses industries' challenges with cybersecurity as well as diversity in the sector and the presence of women.

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    Magda CHELLY
    Magda CHELLY


    Magda Lilia Chelly, is the Managing Director of Responsible Cyber Pte. by day, and a cyber feminist hacker by night.

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