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“I am fighting for egalitarian opportunities for women in the cyber security industry, allowing them to make their own choices with equal chances and pursue their career as they wish.”

Magda Chelly

Magda Chelly is leading Cyber Risk Consulting for Marsh Asia.

She has a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Officer (S-CISO). She held several Chief Information Security Officer roles for medium and large organizations across Asia and internationally. She built cyber security strategies for companies, and provided guidance; from governance and security architecture to security operations. She has a hands-on experience with penetration testing and technical cloud security across main cloud platforms (Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure).

Magda also co-founded Responsible Cyber with her business partner Mikko Laaksonen, who is leading the firm.

She been nominated as a TOP 50 International cyber security influencer, internationally and 58 Women In Cybersecurity To Follow On Twitter.

Magda has a strong experience in cyber security as well as international and business co-operations. Throughout her career, she has been working with governments and corporations to advise on how they react to the increasing international cyber threats and worked closely with government agencies and cyber security businesses. She is currently based in Singapore, with a global reach. She speaks five languages fluently and has a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering with a subsequent specialization in cyber security. She also was recently nominated as global leader of the year at the Women in IT Awards 2017, and TOP 50 cyber security influencer globally, TOP 30 women leaders in cyber security, as well as TOP 58 Women In Cyber Security to Follow on Twitter and TOP 20 Cyber Security Experts alongside with Kevin Mitnick.

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Ashwin Krishnan: [00:01:39] You’re making me feel jealous right now. So, one thing that I wanted to spend a minute or two on — because this is something very near and dear to UberKnowledge’s heart — is the focus on women in cybersecurity as a focus area to bridge the cyber skills gap. We are very much focused on getting people like yourself and other accomplished women on the podcast. Can you talk briefly about what this means to you and why you started this?

Magda Chelly: [00:02:12] Definitely and absolutely, this is a topic that I consider very important, and I am passionate about driving it. Every time I get the opportunity to address it through TV or radio or a podcast, I do. And I try to make one very important point here: we need, together, to change the situation and that’s what actually the cyber-feminist movement is about. The situation that we are trying to change is the current lack — actually the small amount — of diversity in the cybersecurity space. In particular, that applies to women, where they number only 11 percent and over several years that percentage has not changed. So the story is, one day I just was searching for some keywords or something that would really describe the movement that I’m trying to build around that diversity factor, and I wrote on LinkedIn under the title CyberFeminist. From there it became a movement.

Ashwin Krishnan: [00:03:22] Wow. OK. I should remember that, cyberfeminist. It actually puts it in perspective, so thanks for sharing that.

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