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University of Westminster to host second Cyber Security Women’s Day

Computer Science and Software Engineering 4 September 2017

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The University of Westminster, together with the BCS ISSG Group, are pleased to announce the second Cyber Security Women’s Day at its Regent Campus on the 16 September 2017. The event will offer training to women who want to start a career in cyber security.

The aim of the day-long event is to inspire women to pursue a career in cyber security, highlighting that many will already have the transferrable skills needed for a career change, demonstrating that they do not need to start in an entry-level role.

The event will offer training to attendees in four different areas of cyber security; Information Security Governance, Policies, Risk Management; Forensics with Incident Event Management System (SIEMS); Legislation relevant to Information Security with an emphasis on GDPR; and Incident Response.

A panel discussion will see women in the industry discussing their careers and how they transferred their skills into the Cyber Security Industry. There will also be a panel discussion asking ‘With a number of high profile car manufacturers working towards autonomous self-driving cars, how doomed do you think we are in the inter-connected and interfered with world, on a scale of 1 to 28?’

The Cyber Security Women’s Day was established to address the underrepresentation of women in the industry and the growing need to attract people in to Cyber Security as we are increasingly dependent on IT Systems and the security threats to these systems are growing.

The event is organised in partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Ian Fish, Acting Chair of the BCS Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG), said: “It’s vital that we encourage more people into the IT profession and especially the growing area of Cyber Security. Women currently make up just 16% of the overall IT workforce. This means the industry is missing out on a potentially huge talent pool at a time when cyber-crime poses an increasing threat. The underrepresentation of women in Cyber Security is significant as studies show that gender diverse organisations perform better. It also means that women are missing out on some fantastic career opportunities.”

Jodie Sikkel, Enterprise Account Director at LogRhythm who will contribute to the success of the event, said: “At LogRhythm we pride ourselves on innovation. Women play a key role in our leadership and product development. It's exciting to see so many inspirational women coming together at this event to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with others.”

The first BCS Cyber Security Women’s Day was hosted at the University of Westminster in July 2016. The 2017 event is organised by the BCS Information Governance Group (ISSG) and the University of Westminster.

The event starts at 10am on 16 September at Fyvie Hall, Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW. It will include opportunities for guests to network with people already in the industry. Tickets for the event cost £10, with BCS members £5.00

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Learn more about the Cyber Security Research Group and studying Cyber Security at the University of Westminster.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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