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#BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day 2017

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by reading about the women of Synopsys who are achieving great success?

#BeBoldForChange on International Women's Day 2017

Today is International Women’s Day. The UN theme for 2017 is Empowering Women: Empowering Humanity #BeBoldForChange. What better way to celebrate it than by writing a blog post about the women of Synopsys who are achieving great success?!

The women of Synopsys had a banner year. In 2016, we spoke at conferences across the world, contributed blog publications, were featured in many external web publications, and taught empowering workshops.

Worldwide conference presentations

Several of our female employees spoke at conferences held around the world on a variety of topics ranging from threat modeling, security in CI/CD DevOps, securing AngularJS frameworks, to the importance of handling assessment reports. Here are a few highlights:

Nivedita Murthy presented at the OWASP Boston Chapter Conference held in October 2016. She spoke about the importance of handling assessment reports when providing it to a third party and various ways that someone can share that resource without compromising its security.

Ksenia Peguero presented at six conferences. Three of them were part of the “No Fluff Just Stuff” shows:

  • ArchConf West in San Diego, CA
  • UberConf in Denver, CO
  • The Rich Web Experience in Clearwater, FL

In these conferences Ksenia taught developers how to protect their applications with CSP and by performing threat modeling. Then, there was the Lascon Conference in Austin, TX, in which Ksenia has been participating three years in a row. The other two conferences were international, one of which was the Securi-Tay Conference in Scotland where she presented on the security of AngularJS framework.

Meera Subbarao (yours truly) presented at four conferences. I spoke about the six myths of threat modeling at the ISC2 Phoenix Conference. I was invited as part of a panel to talk about at the topic “Do You Have What It Takes to Become A Cyber Sleuth?” at the Second Annual Cybersecurity Workshop for Women and Minorities which was held in Huntsville, Alabama.

I traveled all the way to Kerala, India to speak on threat modeling “Know Your Enemy, and Yourself: Demystifying Threat Modeling.” Being a CI/CD guru, I was on top of the world when I was accepted to speak at the Jenkins World Conference 2016 in Santa Clara, California on “The Three Pillars Behind Continuous Security.”

Women instructing workshops

Ksenia taught a one-day class on JavaScript and HTML5 security at the AppSec EU conference in Rome.

I taught the Defensive Programming in JavaEE Web Applications at the C0C0N conference in Kerala, India.

Women writing thought-provoking security content

The women of Synopsys contributed and contributed and contributed throughout the past year. Two women won the internally-renowned Blogging MVP award:

Sakthi Mohan received the award for her collaborative spirit when preparing blog posts, willingness and enthusiasm to take on a fun new challenge, and creative insight that has attracted a lot of attention on the Synopsys Software Security blog.

Meera Subbarao received the award for her help preparing thought-provoking blog posts, conference presentations, technical reviews, assistance preparing information for the Knowledge Database, press commentary, in addition to her work on eBook assets:

Women spreading the security message

I was interviewed by BetaNews about Why it’s time for a new approach to Agile security [Q&A]. I also was interviewed by SearchSecurity to talk about DevOps security requires new mindset and tools for visibility, automation.

Ksenia was featured in a few external web publications, like the “No Fluff Just Stuff” podcast where she talked about why security is important for developers, and the blog post for the TechBeacon website, where she provided information about security in Node.js applications.

What’s next for the women of Synopsys and beyond?

This International Women’s Day, based on this year’s theme, I want to challenge women@synopsys and around the world to be brave and bold. Be BRAVE and be BOLD! Sign up for new challenges. Be a presenter. Challenge yourself to write about what you love. Speak at conferences. Be a mentor.

I will close this post with a famous quote from our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Good luck, ladies. I hope to see this list next year grow and evolve.

Do you accept my challenge?


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