Nurit Bielorai, the Go-To-Market Manager at Aqua Security, is a specialist in supply chain Security. 

At Aqua Security, as a pioneer and expert on software supply chain security, she is helping lead the vision to protect its customers against rising supply chain attacks, which Aqua data shows are increasing by 300% year-over-year.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role?

I was born and raised in Panama, then decided to move to Israel by myself when I was 17; the first crazy move of many. After finishing up my studies, I started my career in cyber at Check Point, where I was a project manager for key strategic accounts and opportunities. Not only was this an incredible introduction to the world of solving cyber problems, but it gave me exposure to some of the biggest and most interesting cases of the day. I then moved to Argon Security, moving from firewalls to more niche and modern cloud-native security, where I used to head sales and operations leading up to its acquisition by Aqua.

Nowadays, in my current role at Aqua Security, I am the Go-To-Market Manager for Supply Chain Security. I’ve recently spoken at Cloud Expo London on ‘the Golden Pipeline’, explaining the importance of ensuring that every aspect of app development is not only secured, but also automated for both development and security, especially when being built on the cloud.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, coffee-hopping around Tel Aviv, and going to pilates!

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I didn’t have a specific plan for my career, but I always had a passion for innovation and problem-solving. When I was very young I decided to pack up and move across the world, looking for a more fast-paced life. I landed in Tel Aviv, an absolute hub for tech startups, which is how I found myself in the tech industry. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some truly inspiring products and companies, and I discovered that I have a natural inclination for technology and cyber.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

There have been many challenges along the way; when I moved to Israel from South America, I had to adjust to the culture and learn the language, as well as learn the technology for my new role – all whilst sitting in many rooms as the only woman! Despite these obstacles, I remained hyper-focused on my goals. I am also lucky as I can rely on strong mentors and friends that help to keep me balanced and guide me forward.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

I think my biggest career achievement to date has been my venture into software supply chain security. I joined Argon as a start-up, and as its 8th employee; at the time, the term “software supply chain security” wasn’t even a thing. Yet we were steadfast in our mission to build a product that would tackle a big problem to come. As predicted, shortly after we launched, the world saw a wave of attacks like SolarWinds and Codecov unfold, and after these incidents, the supply chain security market was born. Being a part of Argon from the beginning and taking it all the way through the acquisition and integration into the wider Aqua platform has been really exciting.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

I’m still early in my journey, but I believe that committing wholeheartedly to my goals has been a major factor in my success so far. I believe in taking risks and following through on my commitments, without making excuses or holding back, has gotten me to this position today. This mindset has empowered me to take on new challenges and achieve things that I might not have thought possible, and I recommend it as an approach to anyone wishing to progress in their career.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

My top tip for someone trying to excel in their tech career would be to find a mentor, speak up and be confident. Having a mentor can provide valuable guidance and support, and at the same time, build confidence in yourself. Speaking up and being confident in your abilities can help open doors to new opportunities that might have not been considered an option previously. Finally, never stop learning because the tech industry is constantly evolving – keeping up with the latest trends and technologies is crucial for success.

What barriers for women working in tech are still to be overcome?

We have made a lot of progress, but there’s still work to be done. One thing that I’m extremely thankful for is the fact that early on in my career I was able to learn and be surrounded by strong, successful women. I think that companies who actively invest in making sure that this type of representation is present and mainstream within their companies will be the key to breaking down barriers for the wider industry.

What do you think companies can do to support and progress the careers of women working in technology?

Companies can support and progress the careers of women working in technology by providing equal opportunities for career advancement, promoting diversity and inclusion, and offering mentorship and sponsorship programs. At the end of the day, it all starts with the people on the ground, and I believe that if the company culture values and respects the contributions of women at its core, a lot of the above can happen organically.

In an ideal world, how would you improve gender diversity in tech?

I believe that women need to be the change they wish to see. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have been lucky enough to be mentored by inspirational women at every stage of my life. If we are able to pay this forward to the next generation of women in tech, we can show that this is an industry that can and should be worked towards. In doing so, we will hopefully be another step closer to equalising the tech sector.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

There are a ton of good resources for women in tech; some that I specifically follow are:

  • Women in Tech focused podcasts
  • The SheLeads podcast
  • The Shecodes program, here in Israel

I think the most important thing is to build yourself a network of career friends and mentors that you can look up to and go to for advice. In doing so, you will have a community to grow with and mutually uplift alongside.