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50 Women In Cybersecurity Associations And Groups To Follow

A special list compiled by the Editors at Cybercrime Magazine

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Jun. 25, 2019

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New research shows that women make up more than 20 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. We believe it’s important to get the word out that women are wanted, respected, and valued in the ever-going fight against cyber thieves.

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There’s no shortage of associations, Twitter lists, LinkedIn groups, and meetups for women in cybersecurity. Virtually any woman who wants to connect and interact with her peers can become a member of the following:



Associations

  • The Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) is connecting, supporting, collaborating and inspiring women in security across Australia and abroad. Whether you are a security professional with years of experience or a student interested in pursuing a career in security, there is something for you in this group.
  • CErcle des Femmes de la CYberSécurité (CEFSYS) — “Women’s Circle of Cybersecurity” — is an organization of French women in the cybersecurity field. In addition, it welcomes men who wish to work to advance the presence and impact of women in the professions related to information systems security
  • CybHER provides resources for women and girls, from middle school through college and into professional careers, with the goal of empowering, motivating, educating, and changing the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. Its most notable project is GenCyber Girls in CybHER Security Camp —  supported by the NSA and the largest girls-only residential camp in the country.
  • The Diana Initiative is a non-profit corporation that encourages diversity and supports women who want to pursue a career in information security. The initiative also provides scholarships to three students for its annual conference.
  • Engaging – Women in Cyber Defense is an organization formed by Calian Ltd. and the Veteran Friendly Transition Program to better understand the barriers facing women in cyber defense and help increase the number of women enrolling in Canada’s cyber defense programs. It actively recruits women to join the ranks in cybersecurity. 
  • The European Cyber Security Organisation created Women4Cyber, an initiative to increase women’s participation in the cyber field to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in Europe. 
  • The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy has engaged over 10,000 women since 2002. The EWF provides education, mentorship and leadership development programs for women at every level of their career as well as a National Conference attended by over 500 emerging and accomplished leaders. The EWF partners with over 700 world-class Corporate Benefactors to achieve their mission.
  • Girls4Tech is an educational program created by Mastercard to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers through a fun, engaging curriculum that includes topics such as encryption, biometrics, fraud detection, and detective work — all of them skills needed for cybersecurity.
  • Girl Scouts Cyber Security Patch and Game Program was developed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to teach Girl Scout Juniors (ages 9-11) how to safely and defensively navigate the internet. See Liz Joyce, CISO at HPE, speak about the program.
  • Girls Go CyberStart Initiative is a fun and interactive series of digital challenges designed to introduce young women to the field of cybersecurity; it encourages high school girls to explore career opportunities in the cybersecurity field as well as join the global cybersecurity community.
  • The Information Systems Security Association International (ISSA) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs for all cybersecurity professionals. It has a special interest group for women who strive to enhance their knowledge of cybersecurity as a whole and promotes the involvement of women in the field.
  • Inteligenca is a non-profit organization that supports women to make career changes in cybersecurity. It recently launched 100 Women in 100 Days — an initiative that is dedicated to upping the number of women in cybersecurity, increasing representation in the hope that young girls will learn about the field, and helping 100 women restart their careers.
  • International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals provides scholarships, mentor programs, workforce development and cyber career/internship opportunities that allow for consistent representation of women and minorities in cybersecurity. And it’s free for students to join. 
  • Ladies of London Hacking Society provides opportunities for women of all skill levels to develop the technical skills critical for success in cybersecurity.
  • The League of Women in Cybersecurity (LoWiCyS) is a non-profit organization focused on helping to fill the cybersecurity workforce gap by increasing the percentage of women in the field. Their most notable initiative areas are low cost, hands-on cybersecurity education, opportunities for real-world experience, workforce entry/reentry support, and mentoring.
  • The SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women aims to increase the number of women in the cybersecurity industry and offers a fast track to top jobs in cybersecurity. Women participate in SANS’s world-class training program and earn GIAC certifications at no cost.
  • SEIDA – BAME Women In Cybersecurity is a social enterprise that exists to close the cybersecurity gender gap faced by black and ethnic minority women through community projects, events, and campaigns.
  • SHe CISO Exec. is designed with a vision to be a sustainable global training and mentoring platform in information security and leadership. The program will create a talent pool of female cybersecurity leaders. 
  • She Secures is an online and offline community for women professionals and enthusiasts in cybersecurity. The organization’s overall aim is to actively grow their community of young African women to bridge the gender gap in cybersecurity, providing them a vibrant platform to learn, bond and thrive.
  • Uniting Women in Cyber celebrates the success of today’s female leaders in cybersecurity. UWIC promotes many activities and meetups throughout the year to cultivate relationships among female leaders.
  • WOMCY – LATAM Women in Cybersecurity is the first membership organization in Latin America formed by cybersecurity professionals that aims to increase the presence of women in cybersecurity in all Latin American organizations. It promotes networking, mentoring, and special programs to spread awareness about the field of cybersecurity.
  • The Women CyberSecurity Society (WCSS) is a non-profit dedicated to providing support to women and minorities interested in a cybersecurity career.  They provide scholarships, mentoring, coaching, training, workshops and more. They currently have seven chapters globally and instituted a global movement, International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD), which brings awareness to the unique challenges women face in this industry and celebrates their achievements.
  • Women in Cyber Security (WiCS) inspires the next generation for a career in cybersecurity through STEM programs in local schools, as well as working with universities to help students understand what it means to be a security expert.
  • 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. An extensive list of community resources for women in cyber is provided on the WiCyS site. WiCyS also hosts a number of student chapters in colleges throughout the country.
  • Women in Defense (WID) — incorporated in 1985 and 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 the 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.
  • Women in Security – Kansas City provides a focus for women in information security through peer mentoring, workshops, and networking opportunities. Open to women at all levels of their career, WiS-KC offers scholarships and other opportunities for young girls to enter the field.
  • Women In Technology (WIT) – Cyber and Technology Special Interest Group (Cyber & Tech SIG) aims to advance the education and professional opportunities for girls and women in the information security and technology space by focusing on careers, education, networking, and communicating with experts.
  • Women Leading Privacy is a space for women cybersecurity professional to give and get career support, to help advance women in the field, and to expand their personal and professional networks
  • 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 non-profit 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.

Twitter

  • @ladiescyber is a global network of meetups for women in cybersecurity.
  • @shehacks_ke brings together a community of some of the best ladies in information security in Kenya.
  • @wicca_NL is a circle for women in cybersecurity that aims to bring the ladies of InfoSec and female security enthusiasts together.
  • @WiCSME promotes and increases participation of women in the field of cybersecurity.
  • @Women4Cyber brings together men and women to foster the growth of women in cybersecurity.
  • @WomenCSSociety is a networked community that provides support and resources to women and girls who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of cybersecurity.
  • @womencybersec is a community for women and girls in cybersecurity to meet, support each other, and share common projects and ideas.
  • @WomeninCyberUK is a place for women in cybersecurity to connect, support, engage, and inspire each other.
  • @WomenCyberWales offers networking and support for women working (or hoping to work) in the cyberindustry industry in Wales.
  • @womenknowcyber lists thousands of leading women in cybersecurity, curated by the editors of Cybercrime Magazine.
  • @WoSECtweets is a community for women and girls to meet, support, and bond with each other.

LinkedIn

  • African Women in Cybersecurity (AFWIC) exists to promote collaboration among women of African descent in the cybersecurity industry and women aspiring to embrace cybersecurity as a career. 
  • Help A Sister Up is a rallying point and initiative to promote and support women in cybersecurity.
  • LATAM Cybersecurity by Women is a non-profit community that aims to encourage the participation of more women in cybersecurity, information security, and hacking.
  • The League of Women in Cybersecurity (LoWiCyS) is a non-profit organization focused on helping to fill the cybersecurity workforce gap by increasing the percentage of women in the field. Their most notable initiative areas are low cost, hands-on cybersecurity education, opportunities for real-world experience, workforce entry/reentry support, and mentoring.
  • Women in Security – London is an initiative formed by professionals of the Information Security field within the (ISC)2 London Chapter with the mission to raise the profile of women in the information security industry.
  • Women Know Cyber Group is a place to share news, work, interview tips, advice, and network with other women in cyber.

Girl Scouts of the USA

The list of women in cyber organizations would not be complete without the Girl Scouts of the USA.

With the introduction of 18 new Cybersecurity badges, Girls Scouts of all ages will be able to explore opportunities in STEM while developing problem-solving and leadership skills.

Thanks to the efforts of all the women involved in these groups, we’re happy to share 50 Women in Cyber Groups You Need to Know.

Do you know of any other association for women in cybersecurity? Contact us.

Stay tuned for more!

– Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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Bethany Littman, summer intern at Cybersecurity Ventures, assisted on the compilation of associations and groups.



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