Gabrielle Botbol

Pentester, Okiok


With your skills and your work in STEM you can help to change the world and make it a better place.

What do you do?

My job is to protect digital data of all forms of entities, from companies to local authorities.
In a way, I do the opposite of what malicious hackers (black hats) do but with the same methods except that as a pentester, I am authorized to do so by the clients who hire me.
Apart from the technical aspect, the title of pentester for me is to pacify cyberspace to allow the greatest number of people to surf the net in a safe and secure way. It is these values of freedom, trust and security that motivate the meaning of my life.
The task is long and complex because of the power struggle of the great authorities. In this geopolitical battle and in the emergence of cybercriminal groups that are becoming more and more numerous every day, it is obvious that individual liberties, democracy, economic stability and sovereignty are in danger.
Such challenges require that the population be informed about the issues of cybersecurity in our societies.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose this field specifically because of my thirst of justice and equality for every individual in the world.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish younger me would have known that it is possible to do anything you want as long as you put your heart into it. You need to have more self confidence and trust in your capacities.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because i learn something new everyday. I wake up looking forward to getting better than the day before and learning from my peers that are always willing to share their knowledge.

Best advice for next generation?

With your skills and your work in STEM you can help to change the world and make it a better place.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"La femme naît libre et demeure égale à l'homme en droits. Les distinctions sociales ne peuvent être fondées que sur l'utilité commune.” - Olympe de Gouges, 1791
Woman is born free and remains equal to man in rights. Social distinctions can only be based on common utility.

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