July 2, 2020

Fighting the big fight: A true warrior Vidya Sekhar

Fighting the big fight: A true warrior Vidya Sekhar
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007 - Vidya Sekhar, Miss India USA 1986, and Miss Michigan State Fair 1984, holds 2 World Records for Longest Solo Classical Dance Performance, through which she fund-raised thousands of dollars to benefit the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. 
Representing the next generation in a lineage of dancers and musicians from India, the Canadian-born singer, dancer and writer, is an advanced dance educator and musical performer for Hindu Temple Rhythms, celebrating almost 50 years of Bharata Natyam education in North America.
Today Vidya is a certified PMP, CISSP, CCSP, GCIH with over 20 years experience. She is a senior security services engineer for Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD). Earlier, she worked as a senior security PM for Microsoft's Cosine, Devices and Gaming Group Services Security team, focused on threat and vulnerability management. Previously, she was a co-author of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v14, v15 and v16, while working for the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC).
Her passion for ensuring security that protects both individuals and enterprises from theft, fraud, terrorism, defamation and other abuses, is evident in the choices she makes to prioritize right mindfulness with the career options she has always chosen. Before Microsoft, Vidya leveraged her expertise to work with government and enterprise customers in areas including: risk & change management, BCP/DRP, application & operations security, and compliance/audit.
Vidya was previously an award-winning television producer and journalist for PBS, CBS, CNN and various magazines such as CRN, HR Executive Magazine, and siliconindia, covering technology and the workforce since the late '80's, and has also been a panelist, speaker and/or host for national industry events, like the IT Consulting World Conference in New York/New Jersey, as well as the E-biz Conference in San Jose. She was also a founding Board Member of the Bay Agile Leadership Network, and participated actively in PMI as a content author and chapter lead for PMI's Program Management Standards 2nd edition.