Dragonfly Technologies recently recruited their first female Cyber Security Graduate, Tanu Bains as a Cyber Security Associate. Tanu completed a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science Engineering. Following its completion, Tanu worked as a Software Developer and Engineer for a few different companies; however, Tanu aspired to enter the field of Cyber Security. Tanu completed her Masters in Cyber Security at Edith Cowan University in Perth before relocating to Sydney to start with her new role at Dragonfly.

Here we ask Tanu some questions about her journey into tech, particularly into the Cyber Security space.

What made you consider a career in tech?

I have always been fascinated by the technological aspects of life; whether it’s the invention of computers, application of technology in globalisation or simply the use of artificial intelligence in making human lives easier than before. I was fortunate enough to decide at a young age what I wanted to do in life. I knew it was something to do with computers and technology. This drew my interest into information technology in general, before developing a specific interest in information security which has become critical in recent years. I consider keeping information secure as one of the most important domains of technology, as essentially everyone relies on the use of technology to a certain degree for information exchange via online platforms.

When did you start at Dragonfly?

I commenced in August 2020 and I consider myself privileged to have been given an opportunity by Dragonfly. The team here is very supportive and we work like a family.

What is your role at Dragonfly Technologies?

I am currently working as a Cyber Security Associate. This is a graduate role through which I am being exposed to various aspects of cyber security; I’m learning a lot.

How do you find working in tech, what do you love about it?

I feel great being a part of the tech world. I feel that I was able to identify my strengths very early on in my life which sort of coincided with the requirements of this field. I love the fact that I am doing what I love the most, which is problem solving, as well as making difference in peoples’ lives by working in a company that is committed to ensuring high standards of information security.

What would you say to a woman considering a career in tech?

The main things are:

Follow your passion and be optimistic

Follow good people and have a good mentor

Don’t be shy or easily intimidated - the old fashioned view that females don’t have technical skills is totally wrong. If you think you have something to give to the field, give it a try, you have absolutely nothing to lose.

Talk to positive people that help build enthusiasm

Get out of your comfort zone and most importantly work hard and give it your everything.

Everything learnt in life will come handy one day, so expose yourself to learning opportunities. Nothing will ever go wasted.

Anything else you would like to add?

I want to say that right guidance plays an important role. Of course, having a mentor in your own field is helpful but is equally important to have good mentors that teach life skills. I also have a mentor in the technology field, who has always motivated me because he saw my passion for working in tech. I am grateful that I have support from Dragonfly's Executive Directors who believe in me and are helping in my day-to-day learning. I am very excited to be a part of the Dragonfly team and grateful for the opportunity provided.