Navigating the Frontier: A LinkedIn Top Voice and Tech
Leader’s Perspective on Cybersecurity Training in the Age of Generative

In the fast-evolving landscape of technology, the role of a Tech Leader with over 17 years of experience is multifaceted, often involving a deep understanding of emerging trends. As a recognized LinkedIn Top Voice, my journey in the tech industry has provided me with unique insights into the challenges posed by generative AI and the subsequent transformation in cybersecurity training.

The Rise of Generative AI and its Implications

Generative AI, a technology capable of creating content, poses both opportunities and challenges for industries worldwide. As companies increasingly embrace generative AI for various applications, the need for extensive data access becomes apparent. In my role as a Tech Leader, I’ve witnessed the growing demand for such data, often leading to the integration of generative AI with enterprise data silos.

Addressing the Escalating Risk of Security Breaches

However, with great innovation comes great responsibility. The use of generative AI, fueled by vast amounts of data, brings about a significant increase in the risk of cybersecurity breaches. As a result, companies are reevaluating and enhancing their cybersecurity training programs to meet the evolving threat landscape head-on.

Changing Dynamics in Cybersecurity Training

One key aspect of this paradigm shift is reflected in the way companies approach cybersecurity training. Traditionally, training programs focused on known threats and established security protocols. With the advent of generative AI, a more dynamic and adaptive approach is required. Companies are investing in training modules that specifically address the challenges posed by generative AI, ensuring their cybersecurity teams are equipped with the latest tools and strategies.

Protecting Against Human Error in the Face of Data Exposure

One of the critical concerns associated with the use of generative AI is the potential for human error leading to data exposure. The sheer volume of data involved in generative AI processes amplifies the consequences of mistakes. To counteract this, companies are implementing stringent access controls, encryption measures, and conducting comprehensive awareness campaigns to educate employees on the importance of data security.

Top 8 types of Cyber attacks including Phishing attack, ransomware, denial of service, man in the middle, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and DNS spoofing can be prevented using improved training and education programs.

Bringing a change in the Cybersecurity Strategy by adopting an improved training plan

In navigating the complexities of generative AI, companies are considering the following strategies to fortify their cybersecurity posture:

1. Continuous Training: Companies big and small have started Implementing ongoing training programs that adapt to the evolving landscape of generative AI and cybersecurity threats.

2. Access Controls: Companies are enforcing strict access controls trainings to limit the exposure of sensitive data, ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to critical information.

3. Encryption: Focus is on prioritizing data encryption to safeguard information both in transit and at rest, mitigating the impact of potential security breaches.

4. Collaboration with Industry Experts: Companies are encouraging decision makers and leaders in their org to include in their training programs connection to foster collaboration with cybersecurity experts, participate in forums, and stay updated on the latest advancements in cybersecurity to proactively address emerging threats.

In conclusion, the integration of generative AI in today’s tech landscape brings forth new challenges that necessitate a reevaluation of cybersecurity training. As a LinkedIn Top Voice and Tech Leader, my aim is to shed light on these challenges, fostering a community dedicated to building a secure digital future.

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About the Author :

Ms. Pooja Sund,
Engineering Finance Leader (Principal PM/Director/Sr. Director) – Microsoft

Pooja Sund, LinkedIn TOP VOICE | 3P (Passion, Power, and People) driven Engineering & Finance Leader | HALL OF FAME -Global Women in Tech 2023| Keynote Speaker | Moderator | Coach | Board Member

Achievement-oriented finance and technology leader with solid credentials (Gold medalist and two times CFO Award winner). Invited in late 2020 to present the great technology work to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, and the rest of the LT. Have 17+ years of global experience in setting the vision, and the ability to execute that vision by leading teams. An enthusiastic leader with deep technical and financial experience & the ability to lead high-performing teams, build strong relationships, foster efficiency, and create an impact.

With 40K followers on LinkedIn, I am a Tech influencer followed for my content on career advice, career pivoting, branding, digital transformation, Data Analytics, Data Science, and AI. I have been recognized with numerous awards, including LinkedIn Top Voice in Jan 2024 (an award given to 300 professionals out of a 1 billion Linkedin members), the High Potential Leadership Award from Dale Carnegie, Silicon Magazine’s Top 10 Influential Women in Tech, and Passion Vista Magazine’s Hall of Fame 2023 award for the Global Women in Tech. I am a Keynote Speaker, moderator, coach, and a Board Member.

I love to make an impact by utilizing my brand of 3 P: Passion for Technology, AI, Data Analytics, Leadership, and Business intelligence; Power to believe in herself and others, power to keep ideating, fix things, create clarity, generate positive energy in teams; and lead people and teams to be successful.

I am currently working as Director, Engineering and Finance (Principal PM) at Microsoft’s Core Finance Engineering group. Prior to this role, I spent 5 years working as Director, Data Analytics and Technology in Microsoft’s Internal Audit group. My personal Quote is “Strive for Excellence, never be satisfied with the second-best.” Mantra in life: “Be Bold, Be Brave, and Be Yourself”. As a Board member at Pacific Northwest’s Seattle University, I advise the board on long term strategic initiatives around increasing the tech intensity, increase data analytics skills for graduate students, and increasing the no. of women students at Seattle U. In addition to my core role at Microsoft, I am co-leading Women at Microsoft employee resource group’s Community and Learning Pillar (30K members). Diversity and Inclusion are close to my heart, and I co-lead  events at Microsoft for our Women community to help them in their career growth.

Mentoring hundreds of people through Mentoring rings and 1.1 sessions and have been offering Tech in career sessions for the LinkedIn community (attended by thousands of people). Delivered 250+ talks on different topics to people around the world to increase diversity in Tech and to inspire people to break barriers. Featured on Microsoft News, featured on Microsoft Finance Careers site, leading US and Indian magazines, newspapers, and various publishing outlets. In addition to this, I am a strategy consultant, coach, mentor, STEM volunteer, and keynote speaker (with deep experience in virtual presentations) who has worked with customers including FBI, Pepsi, Coca Cola, USPS Inspector General, Other federal IG’s, IIA National and regional chapters in US and Canada, many financial banks in the US and Latin America, Latam Finance Ministries,, and with many other national and international customers.

For speaking engagements, reach out to me on LinkedIn as I often share posts on topics like Data Analytics, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Leadership, Management Excellence, Digital Transformation, Personal Branding, and Strategic Thinking. I have been invited as a Keynote speaker and moderator on the above topics and many other topics in management, Digital Transformation, and Tech domain. I have successfully delivered presentations to the audience ranging from CFOs, CIO’s, VP’s, Directors, to managers and individual contributors. I consider myself a Community Builder.

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