AWARD ENTRY PHASE
17 June – 13 September 2019
AWARDS CEREMONY DATES
17 September 2019 in Vienna
15 October 2019 in London
With the Women in Cybersecurity Awards #WCA, our mission is to give talented women in cybersecurity the recognition they deserve.
With this award, we want to recognize women for the work they do every day in this field. And we want to encourage more women to build a career in cybersecurity.
Our aim is to raise the profile of women in cybersecurity, and to inspire young women to consider a career in this sector. The project is an ongoing program to raise awareness of and ultimately close the gender gap in the cybersecurity community.
Role models and inspirational women wanted! Enter today for one of the award categories ‘Newcomer’ or ‘Professional’, or nominate someone who you think deserves this award.
There will be three finalists per category and an awards ceremony held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London on Tuesday 15th October 2019.
We look forward to meeting you! Let’s inspire #WCA.
The ‘Newcomer’ award category is for women who have been working in the industry for under 5 years or have recently completed a cybersecurity-based degree, or have moved into cyber as part of a career change within the last five years.
The ‘Professional’ award category is for women who have been managing a cybersecurity team or been involved in the industry for 5+ years.
Director – Global Services at RSA Security
Sarah possesses 20 years of combined experience in management consulting and professional services organizations for a worldwide strategic consulting firm, a product/technology start-up and currently with the cyber security company, RSA. Sarah’s hands on experience delivering services engagements to Fortune 500/1000 companies spans multiple disciplines within high technology ranging from strategic planning, process design, education/training, to technology implementation within IT security operations environments.
Paula Jane Ridge
Group Head of Information Security & Assurance at De La Rue
Paula began her career in an HR payroll department in the civil service, before moving into IT in 1990. She secured an IT Support role with Hogg Robinson Financial Services in 1994, going on to fulfil several other IT positions before transferring into IT Security in 2002 for Hogg Robinson Travel. In 2008, Paula became responsible for information security management as Head of Information Security, and in 2015 joined De La Rue as Group Head of Information Security and Assurance.
Director, Client Services Management EMEA at NTT Security
With over 25 years’ experience in the IT/Telecoms industry, including working at IBM, Geri’s career in cybersecurity began after the devastating 9/11 attacks. During this time, Geri worked for a company that provided support in the aftermath, inspiring her to dedicate her career to keeping people safe. An experienced leader in crisis management, Geri has a strong track record for earning the trust and respect of the business leaders she works with. She is also a great advocate and supporter of the national Cyber First programs, helping develop several joint initiatives between Cyber First and IBM. During her time at IBM, Geri was key in championing diversity and inclusion, understanding the need for diversity to create a culture of collaboration and unity.
Client Partner, Telco Media Business Unit at NTT DATA UK
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in consulting and working with Telecoms & Media organisations, to understand their underlying business needs and goals. She has a successful track record in delivering high profile, complex business change and technology transformation programmes for her clients across a range of diverse organisations and geographies. She excels in building long term trusted relationships with her clients. Sarah is also Head of the NTT DATA UK Women’s Business Network and the programme partner for the 30% Club.
Solutions Director at Dimension Data UK&I
Nicky Hill is the Solution Director for Dimension Data, UK & Ireland. She joined late in 2017 from DXC having spent 18 years working in HP/HPE & DXC within their Major Outsourcing and Managed Services business. Nicky has held pre-sales, post sales, management and leadership roles both in the UK and Europe and worked across a number of industries from central government to telecoms and financial services. During this time, she gained extensive experience and knowledge in building and leading Service, Technical, Solution, Architect and Consultancy teams being responsible for the Design, Delivery and Support of Infrastructure, Application, Communications, Data Centres and Security Services. In her spare time Nicky works hard to ensure she keeps a healthy balance of family life with competing in sporting events and challenges usually raising funds for charity.
NTT Security is the specialized security company and the center of excellence in security for NTT Group. With embedded security we enable NTT Group companies to deliver resilient business solutions for clients’ digital transformation needs. NTT Security has 10 SOCs, seven R&D centers, over 1,500 security experts and handles hundreds of thousands of security incidents annually across six continents.
NTT Security ensures that resources are used effectively by delivering the right mix of Managed Security Services, Security Consulting Services and Security Technology for NTT Group companies – making best use of local resources and leveraging our global capabilities. NTT Security is part of the NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation), one of the largest ICT companies in the world. Visit nttsecurity.com to learn more about NTT Security or visit www.ntt.co.jp/index_e.html to learn more about NTT Group.
My interest in technology was fuelled by my Dad, a software developer, from a young age. Being exposed to different fields of IT and school projects are what motivated me to pursue a career in the industry, however it wasn’t until I got to Birmingham City University that my interest in cybersecurity took off. I feel very lucky to be where I am now – this area is constantly growing and changing, so it’s never boring. There’s always a new challenge or something to learn which I find exciting. For instance, I’m currently broadening my knowledge in cybersecurity by studying to become a Certified Ethical Hacker. I’m also learning about new technologies in the Identity and Key Management field. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of my team, who support my self-development and pursuit of continuous knowledge.
Judit Gulacsi | Technical Consultant, NTT Security
At University, I studied Criminology and Forensic studies – it wasn’t until my third year, during the Cyber Crime unit, that I realised cybersecurity was the career path for me. I found the mix of forensic and analytical skills and the way they worked together very interesting.
My job is fast paced and varies greatly, which although a challenge is exciting. With the plethora of job roles in cybersecurity, I’m keen to venture out of my comfort zone and experience new challenges using my gained skills, to experience new areas of the industry.
My advice to my younger self would be – don’t worry about not knowing what you want to do in life. My degree is completely different from what I do now, but actually I use a lot of the same skills I learnt from my degree. Everything has a way of coming together. I was fortunate enough that NTT Security gave me the opportunity to start my career straight out of University, with very limited knowledge. I believe we need to give more young females the same opportunity and pave the way for their futures, as NTT has for me.
Gemma Coghlan | Security Analyst, NTT Security
I’ve worked in information security for almost 15 years, initially it wasn’t something I’d considered. At University, I studied Business Management, then considered travelling the world as an air hostess, before deciding to go into IT. The demands of cybersecurity change on an almost daily basis, which makes my job varied and wide-ranging. I enjoy helping customers enhance their security posture and my team are very supportive. To keep up with the evolving nature of the industry, I’m eager to expand my knowledge of cybersecurity and other ways to manage projects, such as further my knowledge in agile. Since joining NTT Security in 2015 , my most challenging projects include installing several different technologies for a large specialist software provider – alongside decommissioning old servers and transferring data, and two complex SIEM migration and integration projects. Programs like this are crucial in making cybersecurity more visible for women. Working in IT and cybersecurity has been the best decision I ever made. It’s demanding but fun and rewarding and I’ve gained an abundance of new skills. There’s a growing need for women in this industry and I want to be there to support them.
Francesca Harris | Programme Manager, NTT Security
In October 2018, Forbes published an article identifying that women only make up 20% of the Cybersecurity workforce. Although there have been great strides in creating more opportunities, further initiatives and focus needs to be made to encourage and educate woman into choosing cybersecurity careers.
Information Security wasn’t a well-known career path at secondary school or University, and I didn’t come across it with Careers Advisors. As such, I didn’t see myself stepping into a career in the industry. Six years on and I manage an all-female team handling all operational aspects of our UK Consulting Services organisation. I work with an enthusiastic and diligent team of Consultants who deliver resilient, tailored solutions to meet the needs of our clients and support their journey to enhanced security posture. As the industry continues to develop, so does my career and the impact I have on the direction and strategy of the team.
What would I tell my younger self? Be aware of what’s going on in the World, don’t hesitate to take that first step into a Cybersecurity career. The work you do makes a difference.
Amy Brooks | Team Leader, Resource Management, NTT Security
I’m a diehard believer in hard work, people, and that the human brain will continue to develop if we train it.
My first degree was in Zoology from the University of Jos, Nigeria. But coming from a very poor home and my dad having died while I was a teenager, I wanted to train for a skill that I could quickly commoditize to help support my siblings. Someone I knew told me that my maths and analytic skills could be good in computing and encouraged me to do a post graduate diploma in programming – which I not only enjoyed but excelled in.
I’m an inquisitive person by nature, so it was no surprise that though my initial skills in IT were based on networking, I was often offered security roles. The rest is history: I progressed to obtaining a Master’s degree in Mobile Computing and Comms from the University of Greenwich, and from there have acquired skills in areas such as incident response support, planning and breach readiness, security architecture, data loss prevention advisory services, malware analysis and cyber intrusion forensics using memory and network forensics, and certifications including GCIH, GCFA and CISM. I’m a member of the SANS GIAC advisory board, and continue to self-study to improve and update my skills. In addition to developing my malware reverse engineering skills further, I’d like to gain more insight into how Industrial Control Systems work, securing and defending them from intrusion.
One of the things I love about my job is the unknown: I enjoy using the result of my investigations to solve problems for a client – either identifying indicators of compromise in the environment that need to be remediated, or auditing the robustness of their systems to withstand an attack.
I’ll never forget my history. This is why I mentor young adults and sponsor some through training certification courses – to give them a chance to be the best they can be.
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