Attendees were able to:
Hear from other leaders about how to cultivate gender balance in the workplace
Learn how to leverage the cybersecurity skills shortage to increase industry diversity and inclusion ?
Discover how to promote the rewards of a cybersecurity career
The key takeaways were
- The day’s sessions provided leaders with an understanding of how businesses can better implement strategies to improve gender balance
- The event also provided a platform for women to learn and hone their skills so they can take the next step in their careers
Women in Cyber success stories - top tips for women looking to break into the industry
This session will comprise a fireside chat with female cyber leaders. You’ll hear their unique perspective of how they ascended the industry and what it took to get there. This session will also showcase practical takeaways for women looking to enter the industry and reach new levels in their career.
How did female leaders get where they are today?
What are the challenges they have had to overcome in their own careers?
What are the similarities and differences between the women’s experiences in the cybersecurity industry?
What is their advice to women starting out in the industry and those looking to break the glass ceiling with a promotion?
Break the bias - what are the barriers to entry for women in cyber?
The industry knows and understands there are issues with gender diversity in cybersecurity, in spite of a growth in job vacancies in the industry. So why if job opportunities exist do women not choose to take them? This session will discuss the barriers to entry for women looking to pursue a career in the cybersecurity industry, addressing academic barriers, hiring bias, wage disparity and flexibility issues. Asking the important question - what creates these barriers to entry for women?
Where does this inherent bias sit in the industry? - how does it feed into hiring bias and the environment in the workplace?
What can senior leadership do to reflect this move to break the bias from the top-down?
How can you identify inherent bias within your own organisation and address it?
Coffee break and Virtual Networking
STEM education: planting the seed of interest in young women’s minds from the very beginning
Following on from the discussion on barriers to entry for young girls into the industry, this session will discuss how cybersecurity companies have invested more into STEM education programmes to provide practical skills and certifications which help them to break the industry.
Why is this so important?
What can an investment in young girl’s stem education now do for the future of gender diversity in the cybersecurity industry?
How can the industry do more to support STEM education on the ground-level?
What support is there for young women considering a career in cybersecurity?
Tracking trail blazers: How to nurture your existing talent
This session will discuss how the industry can nurture and retain existing talent. A recent study has shown 16% of female employees are looking to change their roles – with this in mind, this session will address and discuss exactly why women are choosing to leave the industry, and conclude with how cybersecurity companies can create a model and working environment which makes their existing female talent want to stay.
Setting the scene - what conditions make women want to leave the industry?
Dual marginalisation: Platform and power dynamic in the workplace
How can the industry work with its female employees to create a model which makes them want to stay?
What are companies doing to nurture female talent in their recruitment and retention policies?