#WomenInCyber: Marion Frécaut, Product Manager
Mar 09, 2018
#WomenInCyber is a series where we speak to some of the women who are instrumental to the success of CybelAngel. Today we are talking to Marion Frécaut, Product Manager.
Tell us about what you do at CybelAngel?
My job is to imagine a product that helps our customers achieve their goals in the simplest way.
I create a product vision for our threat detection platform, and then work with our development team to bring it to life. I also conduct prototyping and gather user feedback to make further improvements over time. I am motivated by creating a product that is so simple that you don’t have to think about how they use it.
How did you end up in cybersecurity?
I was never really sure what I wanted to do, so I studied business and tried out a couple of different things. I worked for a film distributor, and as a Marketing Officer for the British Embassy before landing a job in Product Management.
I was drawn to this field because I wanted to be able to add direct value to a product. I was especially attracted to the tech world for it’s fast-moving and dynamic atmosphere.
Who is your role model and why?
One of my first bosses: she really pushed me do the things I didn’t feel comfortable doing. I was a bit shy when I was younger and I hesitated to do certain things like make 50 customer calls or to set up multiple meetings. My boss told me to just do it, and it was exactly what I needed. She saw that I needed to get over my fears in be more confident about my work.
Is it ever challenging as a woman in cybersecurity?
When I first entered the tech world in a previous job I was the only woman in a team of ten developers. The CEO and CTO were both men who were quite a bit older than me. I felt that my opinion held less weight than the other members of the team. I think this was because I was different - it was partly due to my age and partly due to my gender.
When you are working with mostly guys, there is a particular type of jokey atmosphere that develops which is not always flattering to women. On the one hand this was my colleagues’ way of teasing and trying to include me in the team, which was really nice! But it is can also be tiresome sometimes.
What do you think we could do to encourage more women to work in cybersecurity?
I think we need to sell the concept of an engineer in a way that is more appealing to young women. We need to show the difference that an engineer can make to the world. Even though I was part of a technical stream at University I never really saw engineering as a valid option. We need to change this.
Don't forget to tune in throughout the coming days to read the rest of our #WomenInCyber profiles.