The Best Women Cybersecurity Conferences 2021 – 2022

"Best In Category" Series

Only 10% of professionals working in Cybersecurity are women. Things are changing, but slowly. We’re the community’s favorite InfoSec Conferences Directory and I’ve been managing the directory since 2013. Since I started doing this we’ve seen more “Women Cybersecurity Events” (virtual and physical) being promoted throughout the site which is excellent to see of course.

We’ve long promoted every “Women In Cybersecurity” Conference that’s been submitted to our directory, and we are delighted to see them increase in frequency every year. If you’re female and work in IT Security then welcome! Please share this list and resource and I hope you benefit from attending my recommended list of “Women In Cyber Security” conference and event list that I intend to update on a frequent basis.

Why Are There So Few Women Working In InfoSec?

That’s a great question.

And, the answer is, I am not sure! I don’t want this roundup to become an opinion-piece and discuss the politics behind it, rather I’d like for this list to be helpful for those seeking to attend (virtually or physical) security events aimed at women.

Something I’m sure you’ll like about my list is the fact that several countries are included.

They include events in:

  • Germany
  • Canada
  • United States
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

A notable absence for my list of 2020 are female security events is the United Kingdom. As soon as I find a UK Women’s Cyber Event I’ll post it on this resource as well – as ever if you spot one please let me know by dropping a comment below.

Update! I did however find this for the United Kingdom: Ladies of London Hacking Society. They have chapters in London, Norwich, the North East, and Cheltenham.

When I made this “Best Women’s InfoSec Events” list I really just pulled-up the events within our directory that are directly categorized as being “Female-Specific” since we have a category called, “Women In Cybersecurity”.

There’s no doubt that the amount of female-specific events within Cyber Security will continue to rise.

These are all the “Women In InfoSec Events” that we’ve flagged as being ones to look out for. Of course, like everything else in the world, the chances of physically being able to attend any of these events this year is unlikely. COVID-19 has laid waste to the conference industry which is a tremendous shame, but nonetheless, the drive to get more women into Cybersecurity continues unabated!

If you’d like to add an event please do so here.

About This List

As the year progresses, we will add more recommended activities for the next year; usually, this is determined by conferences submitted to our directory.

If you work in this vital area, I highly urge you to attend these events. You must attend any of these activities.

Our Recommend “Women In Cybersecurity” Conferences & Events

2020

The Diana InitiativeUnited States
Annual AWSN Women in Security AwardsAustralia
SANS Women in Cybersecurity: Action & AlliesUnited States
Infosecurity EuropeUnited Kingdom
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)United States
Workshop for Women in Cybersecurity Research (CyberW)United States
Canadian Women in CybersecurityCanada
Konferenz Women in CybersecurityGermany
Women in Cloud SummitUnited States

2021

Women in AI Dinner NovemberUnited Kingdom
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) 2021United States
AWSN Women in Security Awards 2021Australia
Pennsylvania Conference for Women 2021United States
Celebrating Women in Privacy: Ways to Support and Advance Women in the FieldUnited States
Women In Cybersecurity: Beyond Borders 2021Canada
Canadian Women in Cybersecurity 2021Canada
Women in Innovation: Breaking the Glass CeilingUnited States
Black Women Tech Talk 2021United States

Women in AI Dinner November

November 2nd, 2021
42 Days Until The Event
United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

Their events put together the most recent technical advances as well as real-world examples of how AI can be used to solve problems in industry and society. Our unique blend of academia and industry allows you to meet with AI leaders at the cutting edge of science while still looking at real-world case studies to learn about the market value of AI.

Since 2013, we’ve brought together the brightest minds in AI to form a group of thought leaders with technological and business experience, offering the highest quality learning and networking opportunities.

They also host the Women in AI Dinner, Rising Stars Sessions, and Women in AI Podcast Series, which are all well-known around the world.


Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) 2021

September 8th, 2021
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

WiCyS hosts an annual conference with localhost college partners every year. The WiCyS Conference is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to network with female students and candidates in order to attract them into the industry! 50% of our participants are students searching for job opportunities that have been accepted into the scholarship program that sponsorships help to fund. Aside from students, the other half of the group consists of seasoned cybersecurity leaders and experts who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with others and mentor those interested in cyber careers. Volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and supporters are all welcome to take part in WiCyS.


AWSN Women in Security Awards 2021

October 13th, 2021
22 Days Until The Event
Australia
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Conference Summary

Their goal is to increase awareness of the Australian IT Security, Cyber, Protective Security, and Resilience industry in order to encourage young women and men to pursue careers in this field. They do this by recognizing and honoring their achievements, value, and contributions to the Australian market.


Pennsylvania Conference for Women 2021

September 1st, 2021
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is a one-day non-profit, non-partisan professional and personal development event for women that features over 100 renowned speakers sharing inspirational stories and leading seminars on topics that matter most to women, such as health, personal finance, executive leadership, small business and entrepreneurship, work/life balance, branding, and sociability. Since its inception in 2004, the Conference has expanded to draw 10,000+ attendees and has had a significant effect on people’s lives. The Conference provides incredible opportunities for professional development, business networking, and personal growth.


Celebrating Women in Privacy: Ways to Support and Advance Women in the Field

March 23rd, 2021
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

Just 25% of all positions in the tech sector are held by women. Women in the privacy industry, in particular, are paid 17 percent less than men, with women of color earning even less. Discrimination and racism, both in legislation and in the way we organize our workforce, limit the United States’ capacity to recognize and respond to threats, innovate, resolve privacy concerns, and more. Join leading women in privacy for a dialogue celebrating diversity in tech and discussing ways to encourage change within the industry to commemorate Women’s History Month and #ShareTheMicInCyber.


Women In Cybersecurity: Beyond Borders 2021

March 22nd, 2021
This Event is Now Over
Canada
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Conference Summary

As a result of the pandemic, different cyber security responses have emerged all over the world. Listen in as experts from outside of North America share their experiences facing their own unique challenges. Situations, attack surfaces, and threats have changed; let us learn from global best practices.

The Women in Cybersecurity Beyond Borders conference has it all, from inspirational keynotes to career growth, IoT, and best practices, and all in between!


Canadian Women in Cybersecurity 2021

March 9th, 2021
This Event is Now Over
Canada
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Conference Summary

Educating and empowering women from all walks of life and all generations to join the cybersecurity workforce. Come learn from the pioneers who shattered the glass ceiling and paved the way for the rest of us to lead and succeed in the field of cybersecurity. From career growth to motivational keynotes, IoT to cybersecurity best practices, and even hacking demonstrations, there’s something for everyone.


Women in Innovation: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

March 5th, 2021
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

Join fellow female innovators, founders, and entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, government, and academic research organizations as they share their perspectives on how to thrive as professionals in innovation.


Black Women Tech Talk 2021

February 27th, 2021
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

Black Women Talk Tech is a group of black female tech entrepreneurs who have a unique perspective on the problems we face and the benefits we bring to the industry. We’re on a mission to find, fund, and inspire black women to start the next billion-dollar company.

✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
The Diana Initiative
August 21st, 2020
United States

• Past Review •

The Diana Initiative is a premier Women In Cyber Security event and one you should mark in your calendar especially if you enjoy going to Nevada where it takes place!

I interviewed co-founder and CEO Virginie Robbins and asked her a bunch of questions, so if you’re interested to learn more be sure to read that post.

The Diana Initiative is rammed full of excellent actionable content that includes:

  • 2 Speaking Tracks, both days
  • Career Village
  • Maker Village
  • Lockpicking Village
  • Capture The Flag

An all-ages and all skill levels are welcome and it should be mentioned that the conference lasts for two days. The 2020 event was pushed online as were most events due to COVID-19.


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Annual AWSN Women in Security Awards
October 13th, 2020
Australia

• Past Review •

This event is taking place in Australia, and it’s a collaboration with CSO & AWSN (Australian Women in Security Network). CSO is for senior-management professionals so for those working in a CXO level then this would be ideal; I’m assuming that this event is aimed at female CXO security professionals.

If you’re female, in Australia, and work in Information Security, then clearly this is the event for you.

The event is a celebration of the advancement of Women in IT Security, the event, which I believe is a physical conference, will include awards, honors, and a wider discussion on the future.


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
SANS Women in Cybersecurity: Action & Allies
July 30th, 2020
United States

• Past Review •

We’ve worked with SANS since we first started this directory way back in 2013, and can certainly vouch for the depth and scope of their professional training. The focus on this event is Cyber Security training, and with the continued lack of skills in all IT Security niches, this would be an excellent event to participate. This event, wisely, will be virtual owing to the COVID-19 situation. SANS events have been going on for years so if you miss this one don’t worry there will be plenty more scheduled for 2021.


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Infosecurity Europe
June 2nd, 2020
United Kingdom

• Past Review •

The “Africa Women In Cyber and Information Security” is easily the largest Security Event for Women in Africa. With an impressive lineup of speakers, a ton of excellent sponsors, the team behind the event did an excellent job at making a wholesome event.

The organizers aimed the event at Cyber Resiliency Managers, Technology Security Managers, CXO-Level Security Professionals, Lead Architects, as well as Information Security Officers/Analysts/Interns – so pretty much every woman working within security. Highly recommended event and we hope that it takes place again next year.

✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
September 8th, 2021
United States

• Past Review •

This organization has a clear focus on helping Women In Cybersecurity. My understanding is WiCyS (Women In Cybersecurity) place most of their emphasis on securing employment within the industry, something that clearly is of vital importance following the COVID-19 devastation.

Their next virtual InfoSec job fair, is this September.


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Workshop for Women in Cybersecurity Research (CyberW)
March 18th, 2020
United States

• Past Review •

This workshop was pushed online. One aspect of this workshop that I thought was very positive is the encouragement of all participants to discuss their experiences. It is, after all, by sharing our experiences that we’re able to develop and grow. Be sure to check back on this event that takes places in New Orleans periodically to see what they’re up to. Needless to say if you’re in the South of the US then all the more reason to keep an eye open for future events.


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Canadian Women in Cybersecurity
March 10th, 2020
Canada

• Past Review •

This event is now over for 2020 and we hope to see them back next year.

Taking place in Canada, this cybersecurity workforce aims at educating and inspiring women to learn from the security leaders . The workshop packs a ton of value from career development talks to keynotes and they even include hacking demos. Sounds good to us.


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Konferenz Women in Cybersecurity
March 4th, 2020
Germany

• Past Review •

I don’t know too much about this event (sorry it’s in German) but I strongly encourage you to learn more by hitting the site of the folks that organized this workshop in 2020. Likely they will have another one (or other workshops for Women in Cybersecurity).


✓ Previously Recommended In 2020
Women in Cloud Summit
January 25th, 2020
United States

• Past Review •

Whilst not strictly speaking a security event I’ve included it anyway because it is tech (Cloud Technology) and it is related to enhancing women’s role within the space. There is also an event planned for 2021 that I’ll post in the relevant year on this page.


In Summary

We will continue to edit this “Best Of Women In Security Events” throughout 2021.

The bottom line is this: dozens of research studies have shown that a diverse group of professionals is more creative, diligent, and effective than a homogeneous group, and the inclusion of women working within security clearly enhances this notion.

We need to continue to make efforts to broaden the participation from all underrepresented groups in cybersecurity, and attending and promoting conferences is one way to go about it. Please stay tuned and drop a comment below if you’d like to add to the discussion.

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