Vandana Verma Sehgal

Vandana is Security Solutions Architect at IBM India Software Labs. She is a member of the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Global Board of Directors. She has experience ranging from Application Security to Infrastructure and now dealing with Product Security. She also works in various communities towards diversity initiatives InfosecGirls & WoSec. She has been Keynote speaker / Speaker / Trainer at various public events including Global OWASP AppSec events to BlackHat events to regional events like BSides events in India.

What makes you a Risky Woman?

I was fortunate to know her from almost a decade now, in her journey she has touched careers of thousands of women enabling them to take active charge at some or other leadership roles. She understands the importance of upskilling in highly versatile domain like Information Security.

She nurtures people right at the grassroot level by coaching, mentoring and most importantly conducting free workshops, trainings and meetups. She runs a conference - OWASP Seasides, with a single determined goal of inclusion, she believes in the millennial era of digitization- knowledge and learnings are basic humanitarian rights, they should be provided to people without any costs. All her conferences / talks / trainings are pro-bono.

She has travelled extensively across half the continents, her trainings brim about inclusivity. Her forever giving back to the community attitude has driven tens of hundreds of women to contribute our ever enriching cyber community with platforms like WiA (Women in Application Security). She is a passionate pedagogue who has a knack of tapping the young talents right from universities and schools. She has collaborated with COCON, NullCon for student centric workshops with initiatives like school villages.

Name your top 3 achievements

  1. She has trained over 10000 diverse candidates around cybersecurity.
  2. She has been key to bringing the students to tech and motivate them to choose IT.
  3. She is the first Asian to be on the board of Global Board of OWASP.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?

By taking a leap of faith to take a lead on the diversity initiative called infosecgirls, spread it across India and have over 10,000 women associated with it.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a good chef and avid reader which helps me in enjoying my work and balance out everything.

What is the best quality for successful leaders in Risk?

Do things differently and motivate others to be leaders. A great leader is the one who uplifts other people to be leaders without giving a second thought.


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