There is a growing need and considerable talent shortage for cybersecurity positions across industry sectors, thereby creating significant career opportunities. It is well established that women are greatly underrepresented in cybersecurity careers generally and, specifically, in leadership positions within organizations in many sectors. This is not a new problem. Government and companies have long said they want to address this, but what really is being done and how can we improve to achieve quantifiable results?
The Women Leaders In Cybersecurity Conference will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the numerous opportunities for cybersecurity careers and career advancement in various sectors, provide substantive discussions on emerging hot topics in the field, and encourage 360-degree mentoring and power-brokering as we bring together aspiring girls and young women, as well as seasoned professionals, to collectively address the issue of closing the gender gap in this important field.
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome & Introductory Remarks
9:10-9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote: Speaker to be announced
9:45-10:45 a.m. Fireside Chat with Judi Germano
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00-12:00 p.m. Panel 1
Interdisciplinary panel featuring women leaders from Research & Innovation, Governance & Policy, and Strategy discussing cross-sector approaches to cybersecurity: what problems need to be addressed? What skills are important? Where do they see their industry in 5 years?
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Address
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1: Tools for Today’s Leaders
This session will focus on women in management and on boards: keys to success, recruiting talent and identifying opportunities, overcoming obstacles at senior levels, importance of 360 mentoring, and how to fill gaps in experience at senior levels. What it takes to be on a corporate board; what boards expect from senior managers; how best to rise through the ranks or jump to new opportunities. Self promotion: icky or necessary? How to do it right, and for other women leaders.
Breakout Session 2: Developing a Cybersecurity Career: Empowerment, Education and Opportunities
Focusing on how to enter cybersecurity careers and issues of midcareer change: identifying opportunities and matching them to your talents and interests, taking risks, education, mentoring, key areas of expertise and skills valuable for cybersecurity careers.
2:30-2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. Plenary Panel: Cybersecurity and Coordinating the Regulatory Landscape
3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Keynote
4:00-5:00 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception