Publicly celebrating women in security is something that I have seen grow over the course of my career in this industry. The percentage of women in IT roles is still substantially smaller compared to men, and even less in leadership roles, with only 9% of leadership roles in IT held by women. Despite the gap, the numbers are rising, which is a step in the right direction.
SC Magazine’s July 2018 issue is focused on celebrating women in security. Women from around the globe who are pushing the boundaries of IT security for their respective organizations are profiled, including Sheri Munro, director of access governance and global information, risk management at Manulife. SC Magazine honored Sheri for her leadership and hard work managing their enterprise-wide identity governance program.
SailPoint has worked with Sheri in her most recent role leading the identity governance program. Her team is providing safe and secure access for Manulife and John Hancock employees and contractors globally across more than 500 business applications, many of which fall under Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory compliance rules.
Sheri is a role model to many in the industry, and she’s willing to share her experience. She’s spoken on an executive panel at SailPoint’s Navigate conference, where she provided advice to the audience on how to gain internal support for identity programs. She was also a speaker at SailPoint’s inaugural Women in Identity dinner, which brings women together for an evening of networking and discussion focused on opportunities, experience and empowerment. Sheri’s parting advice to the women that night was spot on: she encouraged the women in the room not to be afraid of failing. And she encouraged everyone in the room that evening to apply for jobs that test their abilities, allowing them to learn and grow.
Sheri has led by this example and consistently shares her thought leadership with the identity community. We are proud to work with and support women like Sheri who are leaving a lasting impact on their organizations and the security industry.