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WiCyS is a non-profit membership organization with national reach that is dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from research, academia, and industry to share experience, knowledge, networking and mentoring.
It was established in 2012 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj at Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant.
Companies need to have access to a pipeline of qualified candidates for cybersecurity jobs – both senior-level and students in the field who can join through apprenticeships and internships. It also makes perfect sense to hire women into these jobs, because it’s been proven that workforce diversity improves productivity and also enhances external perceptions. Promoting women into senior, thought leadership positions also adds tremendous value to companies’ positioning with stakeholders and customers.
The organizers also seek funding for the organization’s mission in the form of Strategic Partners. WiCyS’ founding partners are Facebook, Cisco, and Palo Alto Networks. The Board of Directors has representation from senior level cybersecurity experts from Facebook, Cisco, Tennessee Tech University, University of Texas Dallas, Naval Postgraduate School, CERT, George Washington University, Lockheed Martin and Palo Alto Networks.
This conference offers mentoring, learning, networking and career development to women at all stages of their cyber security careers, whether you are a student just considering a career in cybersecurity or an experienced leader in the cybersecurity workforce, WiCyS can provide tangible benefits and a supportive community.