What do you do?
I lead a few critical teams in security, primarily focussed on threat intelligence where my team and I are responsible for identifying and mitigating threats to Workday and our customers and are busy building a sophisticated threat intel platform and as a leader of platform security my team and I are working on building the next generation state of the art encryption key management solutions to our customers.
Why did you choose this field?
My first job in the US was with a security startup focussed on cryptography and later I spent over 14 years at PayPal in the Fraud and Risk teams where I was responsible for building services to detect and mitigate risks in real time financial transactions. During this time, I transitioned into management and discovered my passion for developing and nurturing technologists to thrive in an organization. I also uncovered my inner strength at building teams from the ground up and realizing the vision and Mission I set for the teams. These skills came handy when I joined Workday last year where I got the opportunity to come up with new strategy and roadmap for building the next generation security platforms. It's truly humbling to see what one could deliver with the support of talented and motivated workmates. It is a long journey but every milestone is gratifying and I do remember to take time to smell the roses along the way!
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Having a mentor is important for everyone. I wish I had known this when I was younger. Mentor is someone with whom you can toss ideas, get a different perspective, and will help you become your better self. I pay it forward by mentoring many young and aspiring leaders of tomorrow.
Why do you love working in STEM?
My parents planted the seed of STEM education during our growing up years and my siblings and I have enjoyed it ever since. My father was a school headmaster and encouraged us to be curious and find answers to difficult questions. This led me to do my bachelors in Physics and during this time I became fascinated by micro processors and computers ever since and decided to make it my profession. I have always loved problem solving. The many challenges that we face in our daily work and how we put our minds together to come up with creative ways of solving them is what keeps me motivated to come to work everyday.
Best advice for next generation?
STEM education helps develop one's problem solving skills by improving the critical thinking and analytical skills and also broadens their perspectives. STEM education not only teaches the concepts but helps to connect the dots and apply the concept and principle to the real world situations.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
Do the right thing even when no one is watching - C.S.Lewis