Cybersecurity Professional Gabriela Ariza is sharing her knowledge on cybersecurity for aspirants and for those who don’t realize the importance of a secure system. While helping the United States and local governments across the country identify cybersecurity threats, Gabriela is also providing resources and information on her work and brand.
Based in Chicago, Gabriela is merging her expertise in cybersecurity with her career as an influencer. Using her reach, she gives light on the significance of cybersecurity, news in the cyber community, and brings insight from both a private and public organization standpoint. Aside from sharing useful tips to survive in the industry, she also discusses technology-related product recommendations and tools.
For her work in cybersecurity, Gabriela has been featured on multiple news outlets, including CNBC and Univision. Her CNBC feature had many people reach out for her life story and for techniques on how to get started. Their messages helped her further realize her mission to open talk about the community.
Her desire for further discussion on cybersecurity and technology was fueled by the lack of women in the community. Seeing not enough women in the STEM program, especially in cybersecurity, Gabriela seeks to motivate her reach, especially the females, to become more involved in the community. To succeed in cybersecurity, Gabriela inspires her audience to be self-starters. Many people in the IT field love to learn and research to solve problems. Having the initiative to learn something new in the community is what employers look for. These employers want people who can think for themselves, have new ideas, and carry a fresh perspective to solve existing issues.
Find a path and stick with it. The second technique, according to Gabriela, is to find the way one learns best and focus on that when pursuing training and education. She insists on the importance of earning certifications, having a degree in cybersecurity or graduating from a related certificate program, and being a part of boot camps.
Her final tip involves networking through different platforms. Gabriela encourages finding a platform where one can grow his or her professional network. Through online platforms, communication is more straightforward and information more accessible. By expanding an online network and following cybersecurity accounts, one earns insightful knowledge, builds connections, and gains further motivation.
As a Hispanic woman, Gabriela brings a new perspective to troubleshooting and how things are in the community. Her work in the field has earned her an impressive resume boasting of a Master’s degree in Informations Systems from DePaul University, and experience as a web developer, and a cybersecurity professional for top government agencies, protecting US elections and infrastructure.
At present, Gabriela is working as an advocate in the cybersecurity community with CompTIA, one of the largest tech certification companies. She also manages her non-profit organization called HaITian Common Space, which is geared to help teenagers 15 -19 years of age to learn and love technology for free.
Working as a cybersecurity influencer and in her non-profit organization, Gabriela perseveres to instill the importance of cybersecurity within her reach. By sharing her tips in the field, she inspires people to not only appreciate cybersecurity but to be involved in it.