CYBERSEC WOMEN in partnership with ECSO
CHALLENGE TO BE ADDRESSED:
Inclusiveness is a key factor in security issues. Diversity in cybersecurity contributes to the efficacy of teams and sustainability of solutions, making it both a national security and a business imperative. The representation of women in cybersecurity has an alarmingly low rate of around 11%, this critical gender imbalance has prevented cybersecurity from developing full scale. A growing number of companies and organizations are recognising the importance of having inclusive and diverse teams in order to tackle current digital threats. But there is still a limited number of universities offering careers in cybersecurity or encouraging a greater participation of women in engineering careers. Therefore it is much to do and the strong advocacy of women and men is a key element to diminish this gap and achieve a more equal and thus a more effective cybersecurity field.
RESPONSE BY CYBERSEC:
That is why two years ago we launched the CYBERSEC WOMEN initiative and this year we will introduce it in a revamped CYBERSEC CEE format, in the centre of the region where the spirit of great women can be felt like nowhere else. Marie Skłodowska-Curie once said: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less”. Now the European Commission initiatives focus on boosting participation of women in digital and technology sectors by recommending actions to create national strategy blueprints. The EC is also supporting ECSO’s Women 4Cyber Initiative which was founded by one of CYBERSEC originators - Izabela Albrycht.