Monsurat Ottun

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Monsurat Ottun | 39 | Manager of products and technology, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.

What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? The increase in the use of generative artificial intelligence and thinking about how to incorporate data privacy and protection by design into product build versus waiting until after the fact to troubleshoot privacy and data protection concerns.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Know who you are, love who you are, love what you do and how you do it. Fall in love with your mistakes and the way you learn and the pace at which you learn.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Trust yourself more. It matters more than you think. Don’t ignore your intuition.

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What moment changed your life more than any other? Saying yes to the world of cybersecurity. From this, I have had the opportunity to really learn a lot about myself, to contribute a lot through strategy, innovation and problem-solving.

What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? Perspective. I add a legal perspective to cybersecurity but also a strategic and problem-solving perspective, which makes me creative and ultimately an asset in this space.

What led you to pursuing a career in your current industry? A friend of mine made mention of a cyber program that she thought I would be interested in and introduced me to the director of that program. The rest is history.