Women in tech: the growing community in cybersecurity

July 10, 2024 | Cybersecurity
Chloe Schofield

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Chloe Schofield

In June, we headed to London for Europe's most prominent cybersecurity event – Infosecurity Europe. It was a significant milestone for Brigantia as it was our debut at the event, and the experience was incredible.

Events like these are the perfect platform to showcase what's happening in the industry. Although tech is obviously at the heart of it, it's also important to show how the sector is changing regarding diversity.

As I’m sure you know, the percentage of women working in the tech sector is much lower than that of men. As a woman in the industry and part of a team of strong women, I love working in cybersecurity and would love to see more women choose this career path.

Cybersecurity is diversifying, but there's still work to be done, and there must be safe spaces for everyone to come together, share and learn from each other.

Infosecurity Europe – women in cybersecurity

The representation of women at Infosec was positive, and for the 8th year in a row, they hosted a Women in Cybersecurity event.

This year, Stephanie Hare, the author of ‘Technology is not neutral: A Short Guide to Technology Ethics,’ delivered the keynote talk. Stephanie brought her unique perspective and career experience, including foreign policy, tech company strategy, consultancy research and journalism, to the stage. In her presentation, Stephanie dived into the implications of living through a technological revolution, the history, the politics and aspects of AI, data privacy, cybersecurity and beyond.

Providing a platform for inspiring and accomplished women is essential to this industry. It’s important for women considering the tech sector as a career to have the opportunity to learn from the journeys of others.

Panel discussions provided this space during the Women in Cybersecurity event at Infosec. Attendees heard from women exploring the key skills needed in the industry, covering everything from understanding your own key skills and developing a personal brand to mastering the art of being heard.

The dedicated event wasn’t the only time women had the floor. Other exhibitors also used their spaces, including Microsoft, which held talks specifically aimed at women and hosted a women's networking lunch.

The representation of women at tech events

Infosec was incredible for several reasons: representing Brigantia and showcasing our vendor portfolio, meeting and connecting with so many new people, and having engaging and exciting discussions around the cybersecurity market right now—the list is long. In addition to all this, it was also an extremely positive experience for me as a woman in tech.

It’s important for events to take note and continue growing the industry's diversification and representation, and I look forward to Infosec 2025.

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