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Building Resilient Products in Cybersecurity | Shraddha Patil, Director of PM, Palo Alto Networks

In the latest episode of Product Unfiltered, Shraddha Patil, Director of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks, shared her journey into product management and her passion for the dynamic field of cybersecurity.

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Product Unfiltered: A Discussion with Shraddha Patil, Director of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks

In the latest episode of Product Unfiltered, we had the honor of hosting Shraddha Patil, Director of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks, who shared her incredible journey into the world of product management and cybersecurity. Here are the key takeaways from our insightful conversation:

1️⃣ Staying Ahead in the Cybersecurity Landscape:

  • Shraddha emphasized the importance of staying up to date with the latest security challenges and trends.

  • Building resilient products with fortitude is crucial, as even a single breach could severely impact a company's reputation and partnerships.

  • Stay informed by reading security blogs, listening to podcasts, and learning from industry experts to be well-equipped to handle evolving threats.

2️⃣ The Diverse Domains of Cybersecurity:

  • Shraddha shed light on the different domains and verticals within the cybersecurity industry, including governance, risk and compliance, product security, offensive and defensive security.

  • Understanding these domains and their interplay is essential for tackling complex challenges effectively.

3️⃣ Challenges and Trends in Cybersecurity:

  • We explored the challenges faced by companies in keeping their source code and intellectual property secure, especially in the face of advancing technologies like AI and ML.

  • The growing use of AI in the cybersecurity space offers opportunities for faster detection and response, but it also raises new concerns and ethical considerations.

4️⃣ Building Products and Understanding Customers:

  • Shraddha shared her experiences in building a governance risk and compliance (GRC) tool for Salesforce, highlighting the importance of understanding customer pain points and involving them throughout the development journey.

  • Frameworks in product management serve as training and thought-starters, but adapting mechanisms based on customer feedback is key.

5️⃣ The Excitement and Hope in Cybersecurity:

  • Shraddha expressed her excitement about the ever-changing nature of the cybersecurity industry, offering constant learning opportunities.

  • She also emphasized the fulfilling aspect of protecting companies and making the world a better place by improving privacy and security.

  • Addressing the scarcity of cybersecurity talent, Shraddha suggested implementing educational programs to teach children and minorities about cybersecurity.

6️⃣ Certifications and Continuous Learning:

  • While certifications can be beneficial early in one's career, Shraddha questioned their value later on.

  • She acknowledged that certifications demonstrate drive and willingness to learn, but it is important to focus on continuous learning and acquiring practical knowledge throughout one's journey.

The episode with Shraddha Patil was a captivating exploration of the dynamic world of cybersecurity and product management. We are grateful to have gained insights from her vast experience and unique perspective. Stay tuned for more engaging episodes of Product Unfiltered, where we bring you inspiring conversations with industry experts!




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