Heide is based in the UAE as Head of Cyber Security Strategy for Polytronic Training Systems, creating innovative essential cyber security strategies and practices required for teams to securely function. Heide is also one of the co-founders of Women in Cyber Security Middle East, established in March 2018 by nine women. Previously based in Australia, she was part of the leadership team for Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) while also being a FITT (Females in IT&T) Mentor.
Heide’s career path evolved from chasing her diverse passions and not being afraid of change. Resulting in her +14yrs experience spanning across 3 continents within varying fields, organically transpiring to where she is today.
Her own journey into the cyber security field arose since she was not made aware of the importance of cyber security or presented with opportunities in her youth education, nor her early career to engage in the field. She sought out and pursued these opportunities herself and used her own experiences to increase female presence in cyber security. Heide is committed to ensuring that women of all ages have the opportunity presented to them on how they too can get involved in cyber security, contribute and be heard.