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Industries Alike

March 23, 2020


The number of paths available to explore cybersecurity are seemingly endless and many professionals have made the jump between industries at least once. Tammy Hawkins, on the other hand, challenged herself constantly throughout her career by learning to apply skills to industries like agriculture, and finance. She takes listeners through her journey from IT analyst to her current role as Director of Service Technologies at Blizzard Entertainment.

There's loads of non-profits out there that absolutely need help from an IT perspective and certainly from a security perspective. Go volunteer, get some free experience. If you do all of those things and you get a certification, then you really look like a superstar. Just getting a certification isn't enough. It's about how are you applying those skills and growing those skills.
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Tammy Hawkins

Tammy Hawkins currently serves as Director of Service Technologies at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, California. She recently served as Vice President of Cyber & Intelligence Engineering at Mastercard Ireland. Working in IT for over 20 years, Tammy has a depth of knowledge in the security and tech industry including ML/AI fraud detection systems and authentication solutions including mobile application biometrics. Tammy was recently featured in a Silicon Republic top 30 sci-tech leaders article, the Women in Security Podcast, and book Women Know Cyber: 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime. She has spoken at the Dublin Tech Summit (2019), fin:CODE (2019), and EU Cyber Summit (2018). She is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion.

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