Principal Security Specialist


Aarti Gadhia is a changemaker and has dedicated her entire career to breaking down barriers and boundaries to achieve equality for underrepresented groups in STEM and in leadership. She was honored for her contribution to the cybersecurity community by being named as one of the Top 20 Women in Cyber Security in Canada. Aarti founded Standout To Lead to empower women in cybersecurity to join boards and SHE (Sharing Her Empowerment), a resource group with a mission to be a collective voice and accelerate change within the organization.

She currently works at Microsoft and brings 25 years of sales and leadership experience. She has worked at cybersecurity organizations such as Sophos, Trend, VMWare Carbon Black, Bugcrowd and Tines. Aarti actively participates in the cyber security community as a speaker, a mentor and a judge for provincial scholarships. She volunteers her time on the OWASP Vancouver Board, WiCyS Western Canada Affiliate Board, Vigitrust Global advisory board and serves on the ObserveID board.

Aarti is one of the authors of the book “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume Two” and was quoted in Canadian Security Magazine as she shared her views on the importance of soft skills to break down barriers in traditional hiring. She is excited to share her involvement as the Sponsorship Chair for the first global herstory in the making “The Women In Security Documentary”.

Due to her international background, she loves to travel and learn different cultures. Her tagline: “Be Authentic, Be Yourself.”