It is a widely known fact that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Various studies claim that women constitute around 25 to 30 percent of the STEM workforce. Therefore, when we talk about cybersecurity, the percentage dwindles further as the field becomes all the more niche. However, Jhilmil Kochar managing director, CrowdStrike India has not only excelled in the field but is also mentoring and helping other women achieve their dreams.
In a truly humbling conversation, Jhilmil, who is also an IIT Delhi alumna, shared her personal journey in the technology industry and also about how she herself had to persuade her parents to pursue a career in STEM. Besides guiding employees at the company, Jhilmil plays an active role as a mentor to Women in Cybersecurity, and to school children as part of the Atal Innovation Mission. Furthermore, she is also a volunteer at Covidwidows.in.
The highlight of the interview was the stories on how CrowdStrike India is providing scholarships to girl students who are meritorious but are unable to pay for their education due to financial difficulties. “Women are second to none and every woman should have a career. It is our responsibility to take the lead here. We need to bring more women into cybersecurity. It can be a great career choice,” said Jhilmil.