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Westminster to host 2nd Cyber Security Women's Day

The event aims to address the underrepresentation of women in the cyber security industry

Posted by Hannah Vickers | September 05, 2017 | Events

The University of Westminster, together with the BCS ISSG Group, have announced the second Cyber Security Women’s Day at its Regent Campus on the 16th of September 2017. The event will offer training to women who want to start a career in cyber security

The aim of the day-long event is to inspire women to pursue a career in cyber security, highlighting that many will already have the transferrable skills needed for a career change and do not need to start in an entry-level role.

The event will offer training to attendees in four different areas of cyber security; Information Security Governance, Policies, Risk Management; Forensics with Incident Event Management System (SIEMS); Legislation relevant to Information Security with an emphasis on GDPR; and Incident Response.

A panel discussion will see women in the industry discussing their careers and how they transferred their skills into the Cyber Security Industry. There will also be a panel discussion asking ‘With a number of high profile car manufacturers working towards autonomous self-driving cars, how doomed do you think we are in the interconnected and interfered with world, on a scale of 1 to 28?’

The Cyber Security Women’s Day was established to address the underrepresentation of women in the industry and the growing need to attract people in to Cyber Security as we are increasingly dependent on IT Systems and the security threats to these systems are growing. 

The event is organised in partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Women currently make up just 16% of the overall IT workforce. This means the industry is missing out on a potentially huge talent pool at a time when cyber-crime poses an increasing threat - Ian Fish, Acting Chair of the BCS Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG)

Ian Fish, Acting Chair of the BCS Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG), said: “It’s vital that we encourage more people into the IT profession and especially the growing area of Cyber Security. Women currently make up just 16% of the overall IT workforce. This means the industry is missing out on a potentially huge talent pool at a time when cyber-crime poses an increasing threat.

“The underrepresentation of women in Cyber Security is significant, as studies show that gender diverse organisations perform better. It also means that women are missing out on some fantastic career opportunities.”

Jodie Sikkel, Enterprise Account Director at LogRhythm who will contribute to the success of the event, said: “At LogRhythm, we pride ourselves on innovation. Women play a key role in our leadership and product development. It's exciting to see so many inspirational women coming together at this event to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with others.”

The first BCS Cyber Security Women’s Day was hosted at the University of Westminster in July 2016. The 2017 event is organised by the BCS Information Governance Group (ISSG) and the University of Westminster.

The event starts at 10am on the 16th of September at Fyvie Hall, Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW. It will include opportunities for guests to network with people already in the industry. Tickets for the event cost £10, with BCS members £5.00

Book your place at http://www.bcs.org/content/conEvent/11323.

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