Women in Tech: Cybersecurity with Jenny Bruk

A report that examined 70 venture capital funds and 424 private and venture capital-backed startups that are active in Israel found that the average percentage of women represented in companies is 33%. Although there is a greater presence of women in large companies (36%) than in small companies (30.8%), the representation of women in technology jobs is only 27%. When it comes to leadership positions, be it senior manager, vice president or director, only 23.4% of these positions are held by women. That is to say that less than a quarter of the decision-makers in the ecosystem are women. Regarding VCs, only 14.8% of partners are women and only 9% are investment partners. This data correlates with the percentage of companies founded by women in the technology industry, which is 12%. These stats not only reflect the Israeli tech ecosystem, but also the global ecosystem, as the universal tech industry has only 31% female representation overall.

For startup nation to continue to thrive, there needs to be more diversity within tech. Overall, greater gender inclusion in the tech industry can lead to better outcomes, with more effective decision-making, enhanced innovation, and better business and economic returns. And so, there is no reason why the human composition of the ecosystem should not represent the number of women in the general population and the number of women qualified for these roles. Although there has been a significant increase in the number of women represented in the tech ecosystem in Israel, this is far from enough. This series will focus on successful women in tech and tell the stories of their journeys through the tech ecosystem – where they are now and how they got there. We hope this series inspires other women to pursue their tech-driven goals and not let bias, prejudice, and gender stereotypes get in their way; we hope to motivate companies to allocate significant resources to implement diversity programs and focus on expanding the pool of underrepresented candidates in the workforce; we hope to encourage government and educational institutions to take action to provide the tools, support and means to enable a more diverse tech workforce.

A highly motivated, results-oriented team player with a passion for making things happen. These are just a few ways that Jenny Bruk, Senior Director of Engineering at Armis, describes herself. Prior to Armis, Jenny had extensive experience in various forms, whether she worked in engineering at Elbit Systems Ltd., as a technical accountant at Microsoft, and as a technical software manager and R&D manager as well as a director at Philips Healthcare for over six years. In two male-dominated fields of work, engineering and technology, Jenny proudly leads the way for herself and many other aspiring women who would love to put their best foot forward in these industries.

Cyber ​​threats have been around since the beginning of technology and as technology gets smarter, online threats get more complex and smarter with technology. The risks of cyberattacks are endless and it is no exaggeration to say that cyberattacks can have a huge negative impact on daily life. Cyberattacks can cause breaches of national security secrets and blackouts that result in the theft of valuable identity documents such as medical records, financial records, government records, etc. Armis is first of its kind for the way it protects its customers with its security technology platform.

Armis is the leading unified asset visibility and security platform designed to address the new threat landscape created by connected devices. Fortune 1000 companies trust their real-time, continuous protection to see with complete context all managed and unmanaged assets across IT, cloud, IoT devices, medical devices (IoMT), technology (OT), Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and 5G. Armis provides unparalleled passive cybersecurity asset management, risk management and automated enforcement.
Their technology platform uniquely discovers and analyzes all devices – managed or unmanaged – from the most traditional devices such as smartphones and laptops to more complex devices such as smart TVs, printers, medical devices, etc Armis protects its customers against various cyber-attacks and risks, and identifies any form of suspicious behavior on devices by quarantining them. They provide comprehensive asset intelligence by complementing network security visibility, contextual device intelligence, and continuous agentless security. In 2022, Armis received 26 on DUNS 100 International for Best Tech Companies to Work For. DUNS explains that Armis is a “first-class experience in building a first-class business” and exemplifies a “positive atmosphere of excellence”.

Jenny’s academic excellence stems from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2013 and later obtained her Masters in Business Administration in 2019. In the job market, Jenny received the award of the best employee in January 2012. associated with Elbit Systems Ltd. as well as the Eager-To-Win award in November 2015 with Philips Healthcare. It’s safe to say that as a woman in tech, Jenny goes above and beyond to stand out from the stigma of women in tech and exemplify a more than positive outlook for other budding women.

Diversity in the workplace can bring a range of benefits to a company. A diverse workplace can bring different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds that can lead to more innovative and creative solutions to problems. Indeed, Jenny describes how in her workplace at Armis, diversity is seen as a priority: “Our management level has a strong representation of women; in fact, three out of five senior executives are women and 40% of our employees are women”. Additionally, a diverse and inclusive workplace can lead to higher levels of employee satisfaction, which is why Jenny says her job is to “ensure that the managers who report to me are equipped to succeed, and that they feel stimulated and motivated”.

Jenny adds that self-esteem and self-efficacy are essential tools for success in any work environment. Given that being a woman in tech also implies the possibility of trying to both start a family and have children, and therefore experience a career stoppage, it is essential to ensure that “the workplace is attentive to the different phases of life and not see them as obstacles. Thus, at Armis, the company hired pregnant women and promoted women right after maternity leave, to lead by example.

Armis has exploded in the technology and security environment globally; In light of this, Jenny was asked if the latter had in any way changed the discourse of how her role is respected and viewed within the company. “It’s irresistible to be part of a company esteemed in the industry. There’s title inflation on LinkedIn, but when the title that represents your role is associated with a leading company like Armis, it affects your career and opens doors: “It tells people that the challenges you’ve faced are probably the most complex in your field”. The challenges Jenny talks about certainly refer to having to walk through the door of the misconception that working in tech and IT is strictly for men, but she hopes more women and girls will join her. “I’m sure girls who experience programming will feel the thrill of ‘making something work’ and they’ll fall in love with it. »

And when it comes to managing work and personal life, Jenny offers two tips for women aspiring to take off in their tech careers: grab the opportunities and experiment! Jenny recalls a time when a friend of hers was considering changing her professional role, but as she was planning to get pregnant, she wasn’t sure it was the right time. Jenny explained to him that there is never a “right time”. “You shouldn’t be shy about considering new opportunities, even if they may be outside your comfort zone or if you think you’re not ready for them. Experiencing new things and challenging yourself can help you develop your skills and your career in ways you never imagined. So be bold and don’t be afraid to take risks on your career path.

Written by Alissa Abrahami, Anoushka Redding and Michal Pacifici

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