In this week’s episode of the podcast (#207) we speak with Sara Tatsis of the firm Blackberry about her 20 year career at the legendary mobile device maker and the myriad challenges attracting women to- and keeping them in the information security field.

Women face many challenges in the workplace and that’s especially true in information security, where women make up less than a quarter of information security professionals. So what does it take to create a workplace that fosters and encourage women?

Podcast Episode 137 Sponsored by Code42: GirlScouts to the Rescue and Rethinking Enterprise DLP

We continue our observance of women’s history month by speaking with Sarah Tatsis, who is  the Senior Vice President of the Advanced Technology Development Labs at BlackBerry. Sarah is a 20 year veteran of Blackberry and has held a number of positions within the organization. Today, Sarah and her team of engineers are responsible for taking new technologies from ideation, to incubation, to delivery into BlackBerry products and for helping BlackBerry stay on the cutting edge of security innovation. 

Sarah Tatsis, who is  the Senior Vice President of the Advanced Technology Development Labs at BlackBerry.

Sarah is also the President of Soroptimist International of Kitchener-Waterloo, a volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Episode 205 – Google’s Camille Stewart: InfoSec’s Lack of Diversity is a Cyber Risk

In this conversation, Sarah and I talk about her path to the information security field and how companies can work to both recruit and keep women on board.

We discuss the work Sarah and Blackberry have done with Canada’s Girl Guides (the equivalent of the Girl Scouts in the U.S.) to foster awareness of cybersecurity as a field and discipline. We also talk about the unique challenges that women face in our increasingly technology enabled society and workplaces where threats like deep fake videos, cyber stalking and surveillance disproportionately affect women. 


As always,  you can check our full conversation in our latest Security Ledger podcast at Blubrry. You can also listen to it on iTunes and check us out on SoundCloudStitcherRadio Public and more. Also: if you enjoy this podcast, consider signing up to receive it in your email. Just point your web browser to securityledger.com/subscribe to get notified whenever a new podcast is posted. 

In this encore episode of the podcast, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re revisiting a 2019 interview with Veracode CEO Sam King to talk about the information security industry’s struggles to attract and retain talented women. This interview originally aired in episode #148.


The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but it has been especially hard on working women. Women accounted for 55 percent of the 20.5 million jobs lost in April, 2020 at the start of the recession according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, raising the unemployment rate for adult women to about 15 percent from 3.1 percent in February. That had some people referring to the COVID-induced recession as more of a “shecession.” 

Episode 203: Don’t Hack The Water and Black Girls Hack Founder Tennisha Martin

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Security Ledger is running an encore edition of the podcast focused on just this issue. In this conversation recorded at the RSA Conference in 2019, I speak with Sam King, the CEO of the security firm Veracode about infosec’s leaky talent pipeline. King said that often promising information security professionals simply drop out of the field and the workforce because they lack the support of their employer to juggle family and work obligations that are different from those of their male colleagues.


As always,  you can check our full conversation in our latest Security Ledger podcast at Blubrry. You can also listen to it on iTunes and check us out on SoundCloudStitcherRadio Public and more. Also: if you enjoy this podcast, consider signing up to receive it in your email. Just point your web browser to securityledger.com/subscribe to get notified whenever a new podcast is posted.