Women In Cybersecurity
RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY
WomenInCyber.com is updated quarterly by the Editors at Cybersecurity Ventures. We provide a list of associations for women in the cybersecurity field. The list includes events, jobs, training, and other resources.
List of Women in Cybersecurity Associations to Join Now
– Steve Morgan, Editor-In-Chief
Menlo Park, Calif. – Jan. 17, 2017
Roughly 11% of the cybersecurity workforce are women, compared to 25% in technology, and 50% of professional occupations overall. There are several women in cyber associations which aim to move the needle way up on those numbers. The list:
- The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) serves female executives in security, risk management and privacy. There’s no cyber in it’s name, but EWF has an impressive advisory board with women in cyber from organizations that include Carnegie Mellon University, Johnson & Johnson, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and Microsoft.
- Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) was launched in 2013 with support from a National Science Foundation grant. The annual WiCyS conference is the flagship event for women in cyber. WiCyS 2017 takes place Mar. 31 to Apr. 1 in Tuscon, Ariz. An extensive list of community resources for women in cyber is provided on the WiCyS site.
- Women in Defense (WID) — started in 1979 — an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security — including cybersecurity. The WID Annual National Conference features keynote speakers from NASA, NSA, DHS, CyberCom and StratCom.
- Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) promotes development, advancement, and inclusion of women in the cybersecurity field. WISP’s calendar is an excellent resource providing a list of their own innovative events alongside other women in cyber events, and various security and hacker conferences in the U.S.
- The co-founders of the Women’s Security Society (WSS) is a who’s who of UK women in cyber. WSS has more than 1,200 members from all over the UK, men as well as women, from across the spectrum of the security world. The organization provides networking, events, and career opportunities for its members.
- Lisa Jiggetts is founder of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), a nonprofit for women in cyber. Cyberjutsu sounds like a martial art — and Jiggets is a 10th degree black belt with credentials that include MBA, CISSP, ECSA, C|EH, SCNP, MCSE, CCNA, SCSA, Network+, and A+. Her organization provides training, networking, mentorship, and a job board.
Cybersecurity Ventures provides a list of industry associations, some of which have women in cyber groups, networking events, and other resources.
– Steve Morgan is founder and CEO at Cybersecurity Ventures and Editor-In-Chief of the Cybersecurity Market Report and the Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies.