Recently, M-Unition had the opportunity to sit down with three women who are making their mark on the field of cybersecurity. While we certainly see more women entering the field, it is still largely a male dominated profession. So we decided to find out from three women who have made great headway in the field just what it takes for a woman to break into this male dominated profession and become truly successful. Our three panelists are:
Diana Burley is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University
Lisa Foreman is founder and CEO of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
Jaeyeon Jung, who holds a Ph.D. from MIT and is now a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington
It was a great conversation and while we covered a wide range of topics, it was interesting to see how the three women shared many common experiences and offered similar strategies for making it in the field. What I took away from the conversation is that while women might be underrepresented in the cybersecurity industry, this is very much a historical artifact and that the future will be quite different. Through education, networking, and because of women like Lisa, Diana, and Jaeyeon who have taken their seats in the forensics lab, women will be strong contributors to securing our digital world.
Founded in 2012, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a 501(c)3 International nonprofit commumity, focused on empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. WSC’s mission is to advance women in cybersecurity careers by providing programs and partnerships that promote networking, education, training, mentoring, resource-sharing and other professional opportunities.