Ep. 49: Cyber Security Expert and GW Professor Diana Burley Follows Her Passion and Makes an Impact
"Trust your instincts, and find your passion and follow it. Work is hard and achieving and striving is hard and you do have to work all the time. It is too hard to do that if you don't truly love what you're doing and you're not passionate about it."
Diana Burley, PhD, is a globally recognized cyber security expert, a professor at George Washington University, and Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. She has testified before Congress and authored books on cyber security. Diana had to get used to being the lone woman of color in the room throughout her career. But she views her different voice as crucial to protecting critical infrastructure, as security systems built by people with one perspective are more vulnerable to attack -- hackers are diverse after all! Listen for her inspiring story of following her passion and learning to get her impact recognized.
"Making an impact takes more than just doing good work."
We discuss her proudest career moments, why the lack of diversity in academia persists, working in a white and male-dominated environment, lessons she's learned throughout her career, the value of mentors, how we can stop underestimating ourselves, and more.
"The only way to increase the [female] numbers is to make sure that people know the last time they interacted with a woman in this space she was excellent."
What you'll learn:
"Diversity is a good thing and is my ace in the hole. It gives me an additional leg up as opposed to something that would limit me. I see it as something that enhances me."
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