At a time when the cybersecurity industry in the UK is witnessing a dramatic increase in opportunities, they are simultaneously facing a huge shortage in talent. The UK’s cybersecurity industry is now worth an estimated £8.3 billion with over 1,200 active cybersecurity firms in the UK alone.
Whilst the demand is great for the economy, the shortage of jobs and education around the industry still poses an issue. Businesses in the cybersecurity industry find it difficult to hire the right candidates. Despite women showing just as much aptitude in data handling and computer science, generally, just one tenth of the cybersecurity workforce is female.
With the recent announcement that furloughed staff can take advantage of upskilling and re-training opportunities, this is an ideal time for companies looking to find out more about how to attract more women into a tech or cybersecurity career.
Bev McGowan, Founder and CEO of The Specialists Hub and CyberPRO
Bev started her career as an apprentice at Citigroup in the mid 90s and spent several years in technical support before moving into IT leadership, heading up IT project Governance for Citibank, EMEA. She spent 23 years in the Financial Services sector in IT, Security, Privacy and Data leadership roles, including as Head of Data Governance and Group Information Security Officer for Royal London Group. In 2019 Bev launched her training, consulting and security services business The Specialists Hub (also trading as CyberPRO) and has recently launched an initiative with Educationwise Group, to encourage women to enter the cybersecurity field via a supported apprenticeship programme.
Gisela Rossi, Software Engineer, Tessian
Gisela got her Bs. and Ms. in Computer Science with focus on research. Since then she has been working as a Software Engineer in both companies big (like Facebook) and small (like Tessian). For the last couple of years she has been working on cybersecurity, motivated to keep people safe online. As more of our activities shift online, she is convinced cybersecurity will become a key issue in our lives. She is also passionate about improving gender diversity in the industry. Because of this, she is a board member of WISE Young Professionals’ Board and co-leader of PyLadies London.
Sarah Burnett, Founding Partner at Emergence Partners & Chair of BCS Women
Sarah Burnett is a founding Partner, Head of Technology Immersion and Market Insights at Emergence Partners. She is a renowned industry analyst who advises enterprise clients on automation technologies, sourcing, competitive strategies and market trends and their commercial significance. She also helps technology companies successfully formulate their product innovation and go to market strategies for growth. Sarah is a strong advocate for women and diversity and serves as Chair of BCS Women, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT, and founder of AI Accelerator, a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants.
This WISE webinar brings leading professionals to discuss the options available to women thinking about re-training into a career in cybersecurity, the career possibilities open to those with the appropriate data and tech skills, and the training opportunities and funding available to companies looking to upskill staff.
This webinar is for WISE members only.