22 Jul List of Women In Cybersecurity Associations In The U.S. And Internationally
A special directory compiled by the editors at Cybercrime Magazine
– Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief
Sausalito, Calif. – Jul. 21, 2018
Cybercrime Magazine is excited to bring our readers a list of associations focused on women in the cybersecurity field.
These organizations help spread the word about cybersecurity to young girls and women of all ages. The benefits of joining include networking, mentoring, training, volunteering, career enhancement, events, resources, and much more.
- 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.
- The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) serves female executives in security, risk management and privacy. There’s no cyber in its 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.
- 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.
- 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, whether as hobbyist or professionals in the field.
- 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.
- 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 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.
GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA
The list of women in cyber organizations would not be complete without the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Last year, a new partnership between the Girl Scouts of the USA and Palo Alto Networks was announced.
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.
Cybersecurity Ventures is honored to have our cybersecurity jobs research featured in the Girl Scouts of the USA and Palo Alto Networks official press releases announcing their collaboration.
According to our latest Cybersecurity Jobs Report, the worldwide deficit of qualified cybersecurity professionals will reach 3.5 million by 2021.
A deficit of this magnitude can inhibit the industry’s ability to prevent cyber breaches, and the challenge is compounded by the growing frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks. Getting ahead of tomorrow’s threats requires a larger, diverse and innovative team of problem solvers.
With their announcement, Palo Alto Networks and GSUSA plan to introduce cybersecurity education to millions of girls across the United States through compelling programming designed to increase their interest and instill in them a valuable 21st century skill set.
This national effort is a huge step toward eliminating traditional barriers to industry access, such as gender and geography, and will target girls as young as five years old, helping to ensure that even the youngest girls have a foundation primed for future life and career success.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Kerry Morgan, Cybercrime Magazine reporter, recently met up with Dr. May Wang, co-founder and CTO at ZingBox, an IoT and healthcare security company in Mountain View, Calif. May has an inspiring message for women of all ages and experience levels in cyber – as well as for those looking to break into the field.
“Somehow, a lot of girls got the impression that science and math are for men,” says May. “I’m hoping that with the help of the media we can change that stereotype, and show more women how fun cybersecurity is for everyone.”
When asked why cyber is an interesting career for women, she replied, “Women like to be a part of something that is impactful to society, and cybersecurity is just that. Cybersecurity means working on things that matter to everyone and solving problems with everything from baby monitors to medical devices assisting the elderly. Women can contribute great insight into how to solve some of these problems.”
May also believes that cybersecurity is a really exciting field with opportunities for many types of positions, and not just coders. “It (cybersecurity) can be very cool and fun. It’s not as intimidating as many women think; it’s very doable. There are many new challenges in IoT security and we need more staff in all areas of the field, including policy makers, legal staff, and reporters.”
“Cybersecurity is a very promising and booming area with a need for more diverse talent,” according to May. And she’s right. So, what are you waiting for?
Stay tuned for more women-owned cybersecurity companies!
– Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.