EP290 Women in Cybersecurity featuring Galina Antova


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Galina Antova is a cybersecurity entrepreneur and co-founder of Claroty - a purpose-built cybersecurity platform for industrial IoT networks. Throughout her extensive career, she has worked with big-name companies such as Siemens and IBM. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious MBA scholarship with IMD Future Leaders, to compliment her Bachelors in Computer Science. Also a mentor with SparkLabs, she is passionate about instilling her knowledge in future entrepreneurs and supporting women in in S.T.E.M careers.

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Today, Galina joins me to discuss the exponential growth of Claroty and how she liaises with employees, investors and beyond. She shares her views on the ever-changing-face of cyber-security, discusses her tactics for achieving success, and explains how to navigate male-dominated realms while managing your mental and physical well-being. She also shares her top tips and recommendations for fast growth and deliberate leadership, plus a little insight into what’s next for her and Claroty.

“Sometimes you make mistakes. It’s really important to realize when a mistake has been made and correct that mistake immediately.” - Galina Antova

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • What she loves about the cybersecurity industry.
  • The areas of business that we don’t realize need cybersecurity.
  • The ‘perfect storm’ of industrial cybersecurity.
  • Legacy products that leave our businesses at risk.
  • Claroty’s growth in threat culture.
  • How the Israeli army and Claroty ended up working together.
  • How to get in front of the decision makers of a company.
  • What to look for in investors.
  • How she has successfully grown the company very rapidly.
  • How to hire ‘trusted lieutenants’.
  • Managing yourself - including your mental and physical energy.
  • Navigating a male-dominated industry.

Galina Antova’s Advice for Fierce Feminine Leaders:

  1. Recognize the help you’ve had and utilize existing ecosystems.
  2. When looking for investments or help, get in front of the decision makers as much as possible.
  3. The right thing is normally the hardest thing!

Fierce Leadership Quotes:

  • “When we talk about the cybersecurity of operational technology networks, those are actually the networks that literally run the world.” - Galina Antova
  • “If we focus on the easy things to achieve, we only get a temporary sense of achievement.” - Galina Antova
  • “If it makes you anxious, it’s probably the right thing to do.” - Galina Antova

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