Gender diversity leads to greater creativity and success.

Encouraging gender diversity and inclusion within your business is a critical step for growth, allowing your team to be more innovative with different perspectives and information processing styles. 

In the cybersecurity sector there is still significant gender inequality, especially at ground level. Though some top jobs are held by women, they continue to struggle to enter the industry and break through the glass ceiling. 

The Event

Women in Cybersecurity was an opportunity to recognise leading women in cybersecurity, learn from their stories and host discussions that look to inspire better gender diversity in the cybersecurity sector.

Sessions provided

  • Leaders with the understanding of how businesses can better implement processes, strategies to improve its gender balance
  • Individuals with the opportunity to hone their skills needed to take that next career step
  • Stakeholders in the cybersecurity and technology sector with a roadmap to better gender inclusion

Speakers included

 

Nina Paine

Global Head Cyber Stakeholder & Government Engagement, Group CISRO, Standard Chartered Bank

Saba Ahmed

Senior Security Consulting Manager, Accenture Security UKI

Jenny Radcliffe

The People Hacker, Founder & Director of Social Engineering

Dr Alison Wakefield

Co-Director, Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre, University of West London

Amanda Finch

CEO, Chartered Institute of Information Security

Jane Frankland

CEO at KnewStart & Founder of the IN Security Movement.

Andrew Elliot

Deputy Director - Cyber Security, Cyber Security and Digital Identity Directorate, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Emily Turner

Chief Resilience & Security Office, Lloyds Banking Group

Headline Sponsor

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 537,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

Other Sponsors

IBM’s essential and transformative role in the world is a reminder that few companies have the trust, talent and ingenuity to help clients solve their greatest challenges the way IBM can. IBM is reshaping its future as a hybrid cloud and AI platform company. 

(ISC)² is an international, nonprofit membership association for information security leaders like you. We’re committed to helping our members learn, grow and thrive. More than 150,000 certified members strong, we empower professionals who touch every aspect of information security. 

Fully integrated event sponsorship opportunities were available to help you achieve specific business objectives and maximise your brand’s exposure before, during and after the event.

Agenda

09:50am – 09:55 am

Welcome Remarks and Explanation of features of the platform

 

10:00am – 10:05am

Keynote: The Importance of Diversity and the Benefits to Business Performance
  • How companies thrive when they place diversity at the heart of their organisation
  • What initiatives are most effective
  • How the cyber security industry can flourish by attracting more women into roles
Saba Ahmed, Senior Security Consulting Manager, Accenture Security UKI

10:10am – 10:45am

Panel Discussion: Influencers and Industry Role Models Discuss the Impact of the past 12 months
  • Cyber security is an industry which is growing and offers job security, so why aren’t we seeing more women?

  • The fear factor – what is putting men off supporting women?

  • The impact of the pandemic on roles for women – the positives and negatives of working from home

Naina Bhattacharya, CISO, Danone
Jenny Radcliffe, The People Hacker, Founder & Director of Social Engineering
Andrew Elliot, Deputy Director – Cyber Security, Cyber Security and Digital Identity Directorate, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Chaired by Jane Frankland, CEO at KnewStart & Founder of the IN Security Movement.

10:50am – 11:25am

We know the stories, but what is the reality of women’s representation within the sector in numbers? How Have Women Succeeded In the Sector So Far?
    • Why does Cyber Security have an image problem and how to address it?
    • What opportunities have emerged since the start of the pandemic with vast swathes of the workforce being based at home?
    • Gain tips on how to progress in the industry
Darren Argyle, Group CISRO, Standard Chartered Bank
Jane Frankland, CEO at KnewStart & Founder of the IN Security Movement.

11:30am – 12:15pm

Workshops
The Leadership Skills Toolkit
What do you need to learn to progress from middle manager to leader?
  • What are the most important skills for Cyber Security leaders?
  • How do you get yourself noticed and advance your career?
Freha Arshad, Senior Manager, Accenture
Working in the Virtual World
How can you stand out in a world of virtual meetings with 20+ participants?
  • Discuss how to communicate effectively in a virtual world
  • Learn tips for making yourself heard on zoom meetings and events
  • How can you increase your social media presence?
Emily Turner, Chief Resilience & Security Office, Lloyds Banking Group

12:15pm- 1:30pm

Lunch and Screen Break

2:05pm-2:20pm

Discussion: From Education to Employment: How do we create a more gender diverse workforce?
  • What career options are available to people who don’t have a background in STEM?
  • How do you unlock the potential of these people to broaden your recruitment net?
  • How do we address the problem of security systems at all levels being primarily devised and managed by men?
  • What can the employer and the educator do together to make cyber security careers more attractive?
Professor Alison Wakefield, Co-Director, Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre, University of West London
Dr Meredith Patton, Director of Cyber Operations, Protection Group International

2:25pm-3:00pm

Panel Discussion: Practical Tips for Allies -How everyone can play a part in improving gender diversity in the industry?
  • What male allies can do to support and encourage women into the industry
  • Inclusive recruitment – how to broaden your company’s appeal
  • Building your culture – how to bring disparate groups together and create an environment where people want to stay
  • How to foster a sense of belonging
Rowenna Fielding, Director, Miss IG Geek Ltd
Julian Meyrick, Managing Partner & Vice President, Security Strategy Risk & Compliance, IBM Security
Giovanni Cozzolino, Managing Director, UK&I Security Lead, Accenture
Chris Green, Head of PR and Communications, EMEA, (ISC)² 

Chaired by Amanda Finch, CEO, Chartered Institute of Information Security

3:05pm-3:30pm

Closing Keynote: A Vision for the Future Cybersecurity Workforce
Nina Paine, ,Global Head Cyber Stakeholder & Government Engagement, Group CISRO Standard Chartered Bank

3.30pm

Event ends

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