Cisco’s Nather and Square’s Snyder to keynote Women in Tech 2020

WIT Symposium Keynote Speakers

By Kat Madrigal Cheng

How do we ensure that the benefits and protections of cybersecurity are equitably distributed? Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs at Duo Security, will deliver a keynote on “Democratizing Security” at this year’s Women in Tech Symposium on March 6, 2020 on the UC Berkeley campus. Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer at Square, will participate in a fireside chat with Dean of Berkeley Engineering Tsu-Jae King Liu. Liu is the first woman to lead the college and co-founder of the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, a joint initiative of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

The event will highlight the experiences and career paths of women in cybersecurity, including those working to advance secure systems within their organizations as well as improve the privacy and security of individual users of online platforms. The event will also feature the Women in Tech Initiative Athena Awards presentation, recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology.

Nather is Head of Advisory CISOs at Duo Security, a Cisco company, and has more than 30 years of technical experience in IT operations and security. Prior to her role at Duo, she was research director at the Retail ISAC and research director of the Information Security Practice at the independent analyst firm 451 Research. Nather co-authored The Cloud Security Rules and was listed as one of SC Magazine’s 2014 Women in IT Security “Power Players,” and an “Influencer” in the 2018 Reboot Leadership Awards. 

Snyder is the Chief Security Officer at Square. She is a security industry veteran and former Chief Security Officer at Fastly and Mozilla, and previously spent five years at Apple working on security and privacy strategy and features for OS X and iOS. Snyder is also the co-author of Threat Modeling, a manual for security architecture analysis in software.

Other featured speakers include Dawn Song, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley and Amy Tong, State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and director of the California Department of Technology. See the full agenda here.

Join our 4th annual Women in Tech Symposium: Reimagining Cybersecurity For All on March 6 at UC Berkeley’s Sibley Auditorium to see Nather, Snyder, and many more amazing speakers. The event features panel discussions, breakout sessions, opportunities to network, and much more.

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