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An Interview with Fauzia Idrees Abro

by | Mar 23, 2022 | Interviews,

Fauzia Idrees Abro

Fauzia Idrees Abro

Key Topics:Cybersecurity, Information Security
Location:Canterbury, UK

Dr. Fauzia Idrees is an Electronics engineer with her Ph.D. in Information Security Engineering and a Master’s in Information Security and Cryptology. She is the first female Ph.D. of Pakistan to join the Armed Forces. She has over 24 years of work experience in the Military, industry, and academia. She is the Chief Executive Officer of her Cybersecurity venture: Cynosure Technologies. Currently, she is pursuing her MBA from Kent Business School. Before starting her MBA in September 2021, she was working as the Director of Business Incubation Centre and Cybersecurity Program Coordinator at Dawood University of Engineering and Technology.

She is an active STEM and Cybersecurity advocate and the founding president of Women in STEM (WiSTEM) - a global professional network of women in STEM and Cybersecurity. She is on the advisory board of multiple international organizations including CISO Forum, Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, and N2Women. She is among the pioneer members of Pakistan’s first National Centre of Cybersecurity. She is also collaborating with prominent international organizations working against cyberbullying and harassment.

Fauzia has received several awards in recognition of her academic and professional contributions. She is the recipient of the prestigious UK Alumni award for Entrepreneurship, United Nation’s Science & Technology award, FJF’s Role Model award, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu’s Global Cybersecurity Advocate, Women in Analytics’s “Woman to watch in Analytics” award, Onalytica’s “Who is Who in RPA”, Chief of the Air Staff Commendations, Mehran University’s extraordinary achiever Alumni, Inteligenca’s Global Cybersecurity Woman of the year 2021 (nominee) and Top Women in Security ASEAN Region 2021 Award. She has also been featured as City University’s 5 to watch Alumni.

Fauzia has recently featured in Onalytica's Who is Who in Cybersecurity report.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

Through my academic qualifications (MS Information Security and Ph.D. in Information Security Engineering) and extensive work experience in the security industry.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

Malware detection, IoT security, AI for security, Network Security, Security Management.

Who influences you within these topics?

What do you think the future holds in this space?

With increased digitization, our dependence is growing on the digital world, cyber crimes are also increasing. As cyber risks are intensifying, organizations are beefing up their defenses and adding more security experts to their teams.  I believe the future of Cybersecurity is bright and most of our businesses, work, and private life will heavily depend on strong Cybersecurity arrangements.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Webinars, speaking opportunities, product innovation and interviews.

What are your passions outside of work?

  • Volunteering for Women in STEM initiatives
  • Meditations
  • Traveling

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Email .

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