Women in Cybersecurity!

Women in Cybersecurity!

Henry Dalziel | Information Security Conferences | February 9, 2014

We were honored to add the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) event to our 2014 Information Security Conferences list.

(Incidentally here are our Hacker Conference lists for 2015 and 2016.)

The “Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference” is happening this year in Nashville, Tennessee, April 11-12, 2014, so if you are female and working in the infosec space – this is certainly an event that you should consider attending.

This event is organized by a colloboration of three organizations: the Tennessee Tech University, the University of Memphis, and Jackson State Community College – under a National Science Foundation SFS Project Award.

The Women in Cybersecurity conference (abbreviated to WiCyS) is an excellent opportunity to bring together women within the cyber security space together. Academics, researchers, and industry professionals will all be under the same roof to share their experiences.

Here’s a link for more information and here’s a list of the Conference Keynotes:

Dr. Ernest McDuffie National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Dr. Deborah Frincke Associate Director for Education and Training, NSA/CSS
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Julie Talbot-Hubbard Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Symantec
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The organizers of the event have kindly put together a ten point list why you must attend WiCyS!

Reason 1: You will be able to share work/ research ideas/ and share your findings through poster sessions and technical presentations.

Reason 2: Listen to success stories of women in cybersecurity: i.e. their aspirations, struggles and achievements!

Reason 3: This will be a great opportunity to network with other women in cybersecurity and join the infosec community.

Reason 4: You’ll be able to meet recruiters from industry, research labs and academia for internships, jobs, or graduate programs focused in cybersecurity.

Reason 5: Connect with a potential mentor to navigate in your career path in cybersecurity.

Reason 6: Attend a security workshop to broaden technical skill.

Reason 7: Participate in or experience a security competition to sharpen technical skills or understand nature of such competitions.

Reason 8: Discuss exciting and challenging issues in cybersecurity through panels and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions.

Reason 9: Polish your resume at the resume workshop.

Reason 10: Enjoy southern hospitality! (Possibly the greatest reason!)

In Summary
We are huge proponents of anything that will help everyone find and secure employment within Information Security. (Here is another post that we recently published about helping you break into InfoSec.) This conference clearly helps women break into the industry which deserves immediate recognition and support.

The information security landscape is male-dominated and our industry is absouletly under-represented. Let us know if you attend and if you would like us to add anything else to our blog post. If you are in the USA, it is worth also checking out the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) which is a Northern Virginia-based organization dedicated to empowering women to succeed in the Cybersecurity field.

We’d love to hear from you – especially if you are a female trying to find work in IT Security. How are you finding the challenge? Have you been interviewed and how did it go?

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