Meet our Women in Cyber
Carly Dignam, Forensic Senior Manager
"More women should consider roles in Cyber because of how rapidly the industry is growing, and how in-demand and secure jobs have become."
Cyber Security has become one of the most popular and fast-developing fields in technology across the globe to date. Women currently make up 20% of the world’s population of Cyber professionals. Globally, Deloitte has been collaborating with clients and member firms to promote gender diversity in the Cyber Security industry and working towards closing the gap. The Cayman Islands firm is a leading example as to how Deloitte is working towards equal opportunity in Cyber roles, with over half of their Women in Cyber team having diverse roles at a leadership level.
Read Carly's profile below to learn more about the Cayman Islands Women in Cyber, the roles she plays at Deloitte, and how she is making an impact in the Cyber industry right now.
How did you get involved in Cyber Security?
At university, I studied finance and accounting with the intention of pursuing a career in finance. I secured a job a year almost a year before graduating at a consulting firm with the intention of being placed in a financial consulting role. However, during this last year of school leading up to the start of my post grad consulting job, we were very much in the thick of the financial crisis and, consequently, was repurposed from a financial consulting role into legal consulting. As a new eager member of the workforce, I was happy to learn new things, take on a new role and challenges, and just have a job in general given the financial environment. I quickly realized I was well-suited in a project management role, working directly with clients, developing processes and reporting. Throughout my career in forensics, I have been introduced to emerging technologies and trends, and I have taken an interest in data management, specifically data analytics.
How long have you been in Cyber? What developments have you seen over that course of time?
Since the Cyber team was formed at Deloitte Cayman in 2014 which is the year I joined, our Forensic team has been assisting them directly on incident response engagements. Primarily we assist with data collection, processing, analysis and reporting. If there is an incident, we assist with the initial data preservation and then, if required, we will glean insight into the specific incident that took place, basically retelling the story based on the evidence found in the collection and logs.
Data has and will continue to grow exponentially in size, but also in type and complexity. People use various tools to communicate or disseminate data outside of organizations. Our team has seen some interesting examples of data shared through various chat platforms (instead of traditional email), or instances where we can recover deleted items which can be evidentiary of a data breach. Other instances where we have used analytics machine-based learning tools that can uncover trends or topics in your data that appear to be outliers, e.g. code words that people use to discuss nefarious activity.
What trends do you expect to see in Cyber over the next ten years?
I expect that companies will continue to invest more and more on their cyber security, both in the tools, but mainly the talent that support the tools. It’s an asset to shareholders and stakeholders to know that companies are investing a significant portion of their revenue in data protection and cybersecurity. For forensics, we expect to see the continued trend in big data, both size and types of data. And with that, the tools that we and our clients use to evolve alongside.
What are the most challenging aspects of your role?
Typically working in reactive matters, we are regularly servicing clients who are facing highly sensitive issues, including time, data as well as reputation. We often assist clients covertly after business hours, work overnight to deliver findings and reports and sometimes are dealing with imperfect or missing data. Making sure we are gathering as much information that is accurate and defensible under time constraints is the most challenging aspect.
Why should more women consider a role in Cyber?
More women should consider roles in Cyber because of how rapidly the industry is growing, and how in-demand and secure jobs have become. Opportunities from getting scholarships as a student to study STEM subjects, to competitive pay and job security in an entry level job, to the certifications, continued education, and career advancements that companies are offering to retain, grow and reward their employees, should not be taken lightly.