Sara Avery is a Regional Sales Manager at Zscaler. She has held various positions over the past 20 years in the Information Technology field and discovered her passion for information security 15 years ago. Her career has largely been spent in sales and account management with a laser focus on my customer's success. Sara's tenured experience in cybersecurity has given her a strong understanding of the complex technology and intelligence required to keep enterprises secure.
From a young age, she was raised to be a strong female and leader. Her mother, along with other trailblazing women, campaigned to start the Equal Rights Amendment in Colorado in the early 1970s. With a passion for helping others, Sara wanted to start a group that would help, mentor, learn and guide women and founded Women in Cyber Security, ISSA Denver. Her vision was to find a way to inspire and support women in all areas of information security, as well as develop and mentor the younger female generation for the future of the dynamic and ever-changing world of information security.
In this episode, we discuss her early start with Y2K, why she helped start Women In Security with the Denver ISSA chapter, the evolution of communications with workstyles, getting young girls into STEM, how she is championing equality at work, dealing with gaslighting, mansplaining, and microaggressions, removing the stigma of "the hacker," and so much more!