At this year’s Black Hat Career Track, the Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Cybersecurity session examined the current landscape of women’s roles in cybersecurity. This expert panel of three top-level women provided tips and resources to help the predominantly female audience go forth and conquer that industry-wide workforce gap.
Dr. Uma Gupta, professor, STEM expert and highly-sought after motivational speaker, has studied human nature and its influence on our personal and professional lives. In this interview, she discusses diversity from a neurological point of view and explains why it’s about time that we change the conversation about the lack of diversity in cybersecurity and tech.
Elena Elkina believes that even the most experienced and confident professional can use good career advice, and there’s no better way than through mentoring. Whether it is formalized or non-traditional mentorship, Elena provides a guide to looking for a mentor and reminds us that when you give, you get.
An embedded systems security researcher at Cisco, Jennie Kam provides a recap of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference. Her highlights include a motivating talk from DEF CON Kids co-founder and teenage hacker, career guidance sessions from government, corporate and academia, a bold and refreshing Facebook panel, and several InfoSec workshops like the one led by Google.