Women in Security

A Selection Of Female Founders & CEOs In Cybersecurity

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (November 19), we are highlighting some amazing female founders and CEOs in cybersecurity and tech. Get to know the women who have launched, grown and run these successful companies!

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Cybersecurity

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.

We Need to Bring Diversity to the Idea of Diversity

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.

When You Give, You Get. The Power of Mentoring

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.

What Could Be the Mysterious Reason Why Girls Are Not Interested in Tech Careers?

When a girl gets a Computer Engineer Barbie who needs the help of two boys to code, that sends a very clear message to her. Barbie may be modeled on life, but Mattel must realize that it needs to ensure that it models the doll on relevant, inclusive, diverse life.

And Then, Suddenly, Women Stopped Coding. What Happened in 1984?

From ‘Dreamtime Barbie With Her Cuddly Bear’ to ‘I Can Be Computer Engineer Barbie,’ we’ve come a long way in showing girls what they can aspire to. So why has the number of women studying computer science been steadily declining since 1984?

8 Companies with Chief Diversity Officer Positions

The topic of diversity in the workplace has gotten more attention in the last few years, but what does that really mean in the tech industry? Many companies have put their money where their mouth is and created a Chief Diversity Officer position. Here are eight of them.

#BeBoldForChange – What Will You Do to Boost Women in Tech

The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Gail Coury, VP of risk management for Managed Cloud Services at Oracle, reminds us that we must all #BeBoldForChange if we went to sustain a workforce that meets the increasing demands of our digital world.

Can Women in Intelligence Use Gender Bias to Their Advantage?

Former covert agent Valerie Plame compares working at the CIA to working in cybersecurity –  and how she was able to use gender bias to her advantage.

RSA Conference 2017 - Recap | Don’t Talk About Diversity, Live It!

This RSA panel of security experts discusses the lack of diversity in cybersecurity and explores the responsibility of women when it comes to changing unconscious bias.

OWASP AppSec California Brings Diversity to the Beach

At this year’s AppSec California conference – a yearly event for InfoSec professionals, developers, pentesters, and QA and testing professionals – the Women in Security panel was among the most highly attended, a very clear indication that this topic resonates strongly with both women and men.

Hidden Figures of Past and Present, as Inspiration for Future Generations

The new movie Hidden Figures, about three black female mathematicians at NASA who were key figures in the space program that sent the first American astronauts into space, is proving that role models who look like you makes all the difference.

Support Someone by Saying “I See You” and “You Are Not Alone.”

Through the experience of working with school kids and teachers across the Midwest — in rural, suburban and urban communities — the idea kept resurfacing: kids who face adversity develop resiliency. In this Equal Respect article, Sandee Kastrul asks: "How Can We Even Begin to Dream It if We Cannot See It?"

Katherine Johnson, a Hidden Figure, a Woman in Technology

Hidden Figures, the true story of three female African-American mathematicians whose expertise allows NASA to launch the program's first successful space mission, puts black women front and center in this movie as well as back on the history pages — where they belong.

Don't Talk Diversity, Live It! Panel at RSA 2017

Join Chenxi, Jennifer, Mischel, and Leyla on February 13th for the “Don’t Talk Diversity, Live It!” panel at the RSA Conference 2017. Read this first so you can arrive prepared for the discussion.

This Is Why Men Should Fight Mightily to Defeat the Infosec Gender Gap

Entrepreneurs and businesses know, better than anyone, that survival is contingent upon adaptability. So why is there still a lack of diversity in this field? Avani Desai brings 15 years’ of experience in the IT field to offer her own suggestions as to how to close this gender gap.

Too Many Biases in Job Descriptions. Also, Are You Hiring Ninjas? Really?

When Director of Human Resources Amy Dolan started using a tool that flags sexist wording in their job descriptions, they increased their female employees from 28 to 44 in nine months. No one was more surprised than she was.

Guatemalan | 4’9” | Female | US Army Sergeant | Cyber Forensics Student | Badass

Cinthya Grajeda-Mendez, the first and only female to ever join the UNH Cyber Forensics Research & Education Lab, has twice found herself in a field dominated by men. From the military to cyber forensics, this 4’9” woman is the epitome of never giving up on your dreams and not taking “no” for an answer.

Women in IT Security? Of Course "We Can Do IT"

In this interview, Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis at CompTIA, sheds light on how companies can recruit more women into security careers to fill the growing skills gap. Plus, create your own personalized Rosie the Riveter avatar via Make Tech Her Story!

Grace Hopper 2016: Blazing New Trails for Diversity

Chenxi Wang, Chief Strategy Officer of Twistlock and co-founder of ITSPmagazine’s Equal Respect column, reflects on her experiences at this year’s Grace Hopper conference and the hope and excitement it continues to inspire for women in tech.