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4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium: Reimagining Cybersecurity For All

4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium - Reimagining Cybersecurity for All

Women in Tech Symposium: Reimagining Cybersecurity for All

Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley
Women in Tech Initiative at the University of California
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About this event:

Data breaches, identity theft, ransomware, deep fakes, doxxing. As digital platforms and tools have become pervasive in our public, professional, and private lives, concern has intensified about the security of our information, institutions, and online identities. The need for innovation in cybersecurity strategies — from the technical hardware, software and networks to training the needed workforce — will drive significant investment and attention for the foreseeable future.

Cyber breaches are projected to cost the global economy $2.1 trillion by 2019, and jobs in information security are projected to grow 37% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all other occupations. Despite these opportunities, women are vastly underrepresented in the field, holding only 18% of cybersecurity positions. At the same time, women face unique risks and threats of bullying and harassment in the online ecosystem. How can we engage the most inclusive talent pool to tackle the growing challenges, confident that we are mitigating risk, encouraging safe practices, and developing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals?

This public symposium 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 recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology.

Who should attend?

We welcome participants from startups, nonprofit and government organizations, and established companies as well as students, staff, and faculty. The symposium is open to everyone, allowing a broader audience the chance to join the conversation and reimagine cybersecurity for all. Attendees will walk away with deep insights about our cybersecurity future, and gain a community of inspiring and motivating people that will champion the advancement of women in technology.


  • 8:30 am Registration at Sibley Auditorium
  • 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks: Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Co-Founder of the Women in Tech Initiative at UC
  • 9:20 am Opening Remarks: “Building a Responsible Data Economy,” Dawn Song, UC Berkeley
  • 9:40 am Introducing the Athena Awards and presentation of the Athena Award for Executive Leadership: Rama Akkiraju, Distinguished Engineer & Director, IBM Watson. Presented by CITRIS Director Costas Spanos
  • 9:50 am Fireside Chat with Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer at Square and Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • 10:30 am Break
  • 10:40 am Panel: What’s at Stake? Global and Systemic Cyber Threats
    Cybersecurity is no longer just a concern for the IT department – vulnerabilities in our digital services and infrastructure threaten much of the world around us. Cybercrime is predicted to put at risk $5.2 trillion globally over the next five years, and affect everything from the utility of the Internet of Things to rising geopolitical tensions and the spread of disinformation. Systemic threats require a systemic response, and women are at the forefront of the dynamic intersection between people and digital technologies. Join our expert panelists from diverse corners of the ecosystem to explore what is at stake and how cybersecurity must evolve to protect the promise of the digital revolution for all.Moderated by: Laura Bate, New America
    Ashley Tolbert, Senior Security Engineer, Netflix
    Aanchal Gupta, Head of Security in Calibra, Facebook
    Michele Guel, Distinguished Engineer & IoT Security Strategist, Cisco Systems
    Raluca Popa, Co-Founder of the RiseLab, UC Berkeley
  • 11:45 am Athena Award, Academic Leadership: Alice Agogino, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • 12:00 pm Lunch and Transition to Breakout Rooms
    • Cyber Career Tips & Tricks
      Led by Kavya Pearlman, Cyber Security Strategist, Wallarm &
      Deidre (Day-Dree) Diamond, CyberSN/Secure Diversity
    • Tools and Tech for Cybersecurity
      Led by Gio Kao, Research and Design Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
    • Cybersecurity and the Health Sector
      Led by Heather McPherson, Kaiser Permanente &
      Serena Villalobos, Senior Consultant, Quasar I.T. Solutions
    • Cyber and Blockchain/Fintech
      Led by Karin Bauer, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative &
      Lauren Weymouth, Senior Manager, University Partnerships, Ripple
  • 1:30 pm Keynote: “Democratizing Security: From Control to Collaboration,” Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs, Duo Security, Cisco Systems
  • 2:05 pm Athena Award, Early Career: Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League
  • 2:15 pm Panel: Platforms and Personal Risks: Protecting our Identities and Personal Assets from Stalkers, Trolls, and Hackers
    What happens when digital technology is used to threaten our individual identities? Studies show that women are disproportionately targeted for hate speech and violent rhetoric on social media. Misogyny and racism are rampant in video game culture. New technology can be used to stalk and harass ex-partners or spurned lovers. Our banking information, credit scores, health records and more can be exploited for nefarious purposes. What particular dangers lurk for women online and what steps can we take to make the cyber-world safer for everyone?

    Moderated by:
    Diana Kelley, Cybersecurity CTO, Microsoft
    Muthoni Richards, Program Manager, Google X
    Cat Wendt, Video Game Writer, Apple Store
    Ruby Zefo, Chief Privacy Officer, Uber
    Erica Johnstone, Partner, Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP
  • 3:10 pm Athena Award, Next Generation Engagement: Girls Who Code
  • 3:20 pm Closing Remarks: “Securing Our Future,” Amy Tong, State Chief Information Officer (CIO), California Department of Technology
  • 3:30 pm Reception and Cyber Career Networking Fair
  • 6:00 pm Adjourn



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Presented by:

The Women in Technology Initiative at the University of CaliforniaCITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Sponsored by:

Lam ResearchMicrosoftBerkeley Haas Blockchain InitiativeCrowdstrikeFortinetJumioPalo Alto NetworksSandia National LaboratoriesUniversity of California Office of the President (UCOP)Berkeley Information Security OfficeNational Security Innovation NetworkOne IT150 Years of Women at BerkeleyBerkeley Bakar Fellows ProgramBerkeley School of InformationBerkeley SKYDECKCenter for Long-term Cybersecurity (CLTC)CyberSNColeman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, and The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP). Additional sponsors to be announced.


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