It’s the time of the year again! The Women in Tech Symposium is back, this time focusing on cybersecurity. Get to know some of the leading women in the field on Friday, March 6 at UC Berkeley’s Sibley Auditorium. Join CITRIS for a day-long event focused on the experiences and career paths of women in cybersecurity and walk away with deep insights about our cybersecurity future. The event will also feature the WITI@UC Athena Awards recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology. Registration is now open. Join us!
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 WITI@UC 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.
Be part of #Cybersecurity4All
Lam Research, Microsoft, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, Crowdstrike, Fortinet, Jumio, Sandia National Laboratories UCOP, One IT, 150 Years of Women at Berkeley, Bakar Fellows Program, Berkeley School of Information, Center for Long-term Cybersecurity (CLTC), CyberSN, ISSIP. Additional sponsors to be announced.
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.
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