The biggest challenge as a female lawyer was to get a seat at the table with business leaders and not to be considered just as somebody providing legal support function and advice. For data privacy and cybersecurity lawyers and professionals, it is essential that we are seen as a part of the solution and as business leaders that are enabling the company to leverage data to its benefits and for its strategic objectives, but in a way that ensures responsibility and sustainability, too.
There is no better time to pursue a career in data privacy and cybersecurity, especially if you are a woman. This field needs more women in senior roles. Women should be well-positioned to get there – they have creativity, collaborative spirit, critical thinking and emotional intelligence that will be required beyond 2020.
There is some recent data from the IAPP that indicates an emerging gender pay gap among data privacy professionals. This is concerning, but perhaps not surprising. With privacy roles becoming more strategic, senior and central to the success of organisations, many more men are interested and applying for the top roles than in the past. Women have to be ready to compete and show they have what it takes to get there, demonstrating how they are solution-makers and business-enablers.