Over the years, the cybersecurity industry has steadily worked to break down the stereotype of men coding in hoodies. However, while there has no doubt been progress within the field, it simply is not moving fast enough. The perception that such technical job roles are reserved for men continues to persist and the unwelcoming culture this fosters dissuades women from sticking around, or even considering cybersecurity as a career path in the first place.
We need to do better to make cybersecurity appeal to women. The barriers to entry as well as structural deterrents in employment must be removed. We need to change perceptions of the industry and more importantly, we need role models for other women to aspire to.
Specifically, role models in the shape of women who have had demonstrable success in the sector or are driving the changes necessary to redress the current imbalance, as they form an important part of changing perceptions of the industry. Which is why, in November 2021, we will be showcasing the top 20 most inspiring women in cybersecurity for 2021!
The public is free to nominate candidates via the IT Security Guru website, and the final Top 20 Women will be selected by our esteemed panel of judges. A profile on each of the twenty women will then be featured every working day during the month of November.
On Tuesday, the 30th of November, the IT Security Guru – with the generous support from our sponsors: KPMG and Beazley – will host a physical event in London. The event itself will kick off with a welcoming address by our keynote speaker before proceeding with an informal Q&A panel.
All twenty women selected for this year’s awards will be invited but the keynote talk will also be broadcasted live, allowing the general public to listen in!
Stay tuned for more information.