Biography and Background:
I started out intending to be a lawyer, but after two years of law school decided to take some time off to reconsider. I left my home in Israel and spent two years living in Germany. There I decided to follow my real passion, mathematics. At the same time I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. I managed to nurture both loves and graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in mathematics and computer science, receiving my degree with my young daughter by my side. I then joined Israeli's vibrant semiconductor industry as a software developer at National Semiconductor. I started as an embedded programmer and then moved to microcontrollers, eventually leading the entire software team of the Israeli R&D center. In 2007 I transitioned into information security and managed the gateway and agents groups at Imperva. Next I joined CheckPoint to found and manage the group responsible for dynamic content of the company's network security products; including all aspects of the service (from research through implementation, release and support.) I also led enhancements to threat prevention products. I joined Cyberbit as head of Cyber Training products in 2016 and continue to mentor young women in technology.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
I have spent the last year playing a major role in defining the road map for Cyberbit Range training and simulation product, defining the initial concept for an entirely new approach to training cyber defenders.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
My goals for Cyberbit channel business is to maintain our strong leadership position as the developer and provider of the most advanced cyber training and simulation products and develop new, innovative solutions for additional markets. The industry faces a very grave challenge and I have a deep belief that simulation training is the solution that will allow the entire state of cyber security to advance and meet challenges of today and the future.
What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
There are a lot of influential women I admire — Hilary Clinton, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Tony Morison and many more. My first choice is yoga teacher and entrepreneur Rachely Cheney (http://www.iyengaryoga.co.il/aboutMeEn.php) The one thing that all the women I admire have in common it is their courage. Their courage to live the lives they want to live. They all passionately pursue their dreams while simultaneously being as kind as possible, never being ruthless or forgetting to help and encourage others along the way. Rachel embodies these qualities and remains a very calm and steady person through her active, busy lifestyle.
What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
1. You are a woman in a man's world. Learn the game but play it your own way. 2. Only apologize when absolutely necessary (as little as possible) 3. Curb any outward signs of self-doubt 4. Do not avoid confrontation. Welcome it. 5. Discuss your emotions with your friends and family, not at work 6. Do not fear failure 7. Make sure your own inner values are motivating your decisions, not others' expectations of you. 8. When society criticizes your decisions. Ignore it.
If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Antonia from Antonia's Line. Antonia is independent, not only financially and in the household but also in her way of thinking. It seems as if she always has a clear view of what she needs to do in her life. Moreover, she knows how to enjoy life - friendship, food, motherhood. Lastly, she is kind and generous.
If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I am fascinated by Tokyo and would love the chance to visit. Recently I have had the opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture and am inspired and intrigued by its values.
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