Session: Going Beyond Myths and Clichés
In this talk, Vijaya will synthesize her career experiences and life stories into practical tips and advice that offer a realistic and contrarian alternative to the myths and clichés surrounding several career and life related topics.
Vijaya is the Chief Security Officer and Head of Trust Engineering & Data Science at Airbnb, where she is responsible for Information Security and Trust Technology to protect Airbnb’s community and platform.
Vijaya is one of the few women leaders that has made it to the top in the typically very male dominated technology and cybersecurity fields. Vijaya Kaza has over 20 years of broad executive leadership experience having led Engineering and Product Management, Information Security and Data Science organizations ranging from startups to large companies both in Enterprise and Consumer spaces. She was responsible for product development of a security product portfolio that generated more than $1B in annual revenue.
She carved out a niche for herself not only as a smart engineer and a thought leader, but also as a C-level business executive that understands the big picture. Vijaya believes in a pay it forward philosophy, and often helps other men and women through mentoring, opening doors and connecting people to opportunities to help grow their careers. She believes it's very important to share our stories and continue to reach back to the person behind us to help them catch up. She has made tremendous contributions to cybersecurity over the years, while leaving her fingerprint in many people's lives.
Vijaya was named as one of the Top 25 Women in SaaS for 2018, and Top Revolutionary Women in Security 2019. She lives in California with her family.