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About the Women in Cyber Wales Cluster

The Women in Cyber Wales Cluster is a networking and support group for women working (or hoping to work) in the cyber industry in Wales.

We had our first meeting in September 2018 at USW's Newport Campus and have regularly meetings at venues around South Wales with guest speakers from the industry.

The Cluster has developed strong relationships with a number of organisations such as NCSC's CyberFirst Girl's Competition and Cyber Schools Programme and Thales' NDEC Programmes.

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Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 7 October 2021

7th October 2021 | 15:30 - 17:30

Online Event

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Our October 2021 networking meeting for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry.

Women in Cyber Wales is part of the Cyber Wales Group. The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

We have some amazingly talented women lined up for our October meeting, all highly accomplished senior leaders in their field - you won't want to miss it!

We'll hear presentations from:

  • Lorraine Dryland, Global Chief Information Security Officer, First Sentier Investors
  • Dr Hoda A. Alkhzaimi, Director, Center of Cyber Security, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Anna-Lisa Miller, Chief Information Security Officer for Spectris
  • Chani Simms, Managing Director, Meta Defence Labs
Lorraine is responsible for Information and Cyber Security at First Sentier, focusing on security strategy and business capability in this area. With more than 20 years of experience protecting UK Critical National Infrastructure in the public and private sector, she has previously worked for the Department for Work and Pensions, Vodafone, Bank of England and the UK's National Crime Agency.

Hoda is the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD and a research assistant professor in New York University and has played a specific role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development ecosystems. With a PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University, Hoda has a specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products. Hoda leads on a number of initiatives relating to diversity, including as President of Emirates Digital Association for Women, Strategic Director for Women In Artificial Intelligence research international community, Lead of Women In Engineering Chapter in Abu Dhabi and the UAE Lead for INWES MENA.

Anna-Lisa has been working in security for her whole career spanning more than two decades. She's been really fortunate to work with amazing people all around the world through consulting with PwC and EY and working with some of the world's best loved brands including Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Unilever, Xerox, Shell, British Airways Engineering, the BBC and Merlin Entertainments. Now, Anna-Lisa is the CISO for Spectris and has been for the last four years.

Chani is a passionate entrepreneur, C-level advisor, vCISO, ISO27001 and IASME auditor, Cyber Essentials assessor and specialist in helping organisations to implement and manage information security and data protection programs. She has been an information technology professional for over 17 years. She is the founder of SHe CISO Exec, a give back platform in cybersecurity, leadership and empowerment (www.shecisoexec.org) as part of her mission to bridge the gaps in the cybersecurity industry by empowering a diverse talent pool of emotionally intelligent cybersecurity leaders.

And to give you a flavour of just one of the presentations, here's a message from Anna-Lisa Miller:

"Throughout my life I've always been a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. Competing and performing at a decent level in sport and music. Good academically with decent grades and a degree from a good university. I was always able to apply myself and get good at stuff, but I've never been amazing at anything. And, to be honest, the same is true in my career. I'm kind of good at IT, I know some stuff about security, I like building relationships with people at work and I'm pretty good at stakeholder management, but I'm not really a superstar at any of those things. And in a weird kind of way, that blend of mediocrity, my journey across many industries and around the world, has kind of landed me in the CISO role of a truly awesome company.

I'd like to share the good, the bad and the ugly of the journey I've taken so far in cyber security and answer any questions you might have about entering into or progressing your career in cyber security".


The presentations will be followed by an informal panel discussion and Q&A where we anticipate some excellent conversion and networking opportunities.

Please reserve your ticket now using the page indicated above, and a link for the event, being held on Microsoft Teams, will be available once you have signed up.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a really exciting and informative afternoon.

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This event is hosted by Clare Johnson, USW Partnerships and Outreach Manager (Digital and STEM), and is supported by USW Exchange. To find out more about accessing the talent, expertise and facilities of the University of South Wales, as well as our latest funding opportunities, join the university's business network here.

Previous Meetings

Women in Cyber Wales is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Cluster and part of Cyber Wales. The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

Our next event coincides with International Women's Day, and we are hosting an online meeting with an international flavour. This follows an event earlier in the day being hosted by the National Digital Exploitation Centre for female students aged 14+ who are interested in finding out more about Cyber Security careers (https://www.s4snextgen.org/Opportunities/View/id/1096).

There will be short presentations from the following women, all working in the cyber securitiy sector:

  • Ms Wafa Alshemeili, SME, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
  • Ms Birgit Lampl SLC iCable GmbH, Austria
  • Ms Eleonore Nantes, Thales, France
  • Ms Marwa Al Mansoori, Abu Dhabi, UAE

After the presentations, the following additional guests will join us for an informative Q&A: Ms Afrah Al Mansoori (Dubai Police); Ms Ndey Touray (Gambia Cyber Security Alliance), Suzanne Shanhan (Office of Information and Communication Technology, United Nations, USA); Christina Goodness, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (United Nations, USA).

Please reserve your ticket now using the page indicated above, and a link for the event, being held on Microsoft Teams, will be available once you have signed up.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a really exciting and informative afternoon.

This event will be recorded.

New members are always very welcome.

Meetings are held roughly once a month in South Wales and you don't have to be Welsh to join us! Dates are announced on our Twitter feed @WomenCyberWales or you can send us a message to be added to the contacts list.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 13 October 2020

13th October 2020 | 10:00 - 12:00

Online Event

The Women in Cyber cluster provides a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other. Due to social distancing measures, we will be hosting our next meeting as an online webinar and we already have three fantastic speakers lined up.

Thank you to those of us that joined us last month for our online Women in Cyber Wales webinar. It was a really informative meeting with some excellent speakers and an encouraging opening address from the Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan.

Our next event will be a round table, taking place on Ada Lovelace Day, 10am, 13th October.

We are joining forces with Women in Cyber Scotland to explore opportunities for extended networking, differences and similarities in the challenges and opportunities for women in the industry and more.

There are a limited number of spaces for this meeting so please contact [email protected] if you would be interested in joining us.

Please reserve your ticket now, and a link for the webinar will be sent to you shortly before the event.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 18 September 2020

18th September 2020 | 12:00 - 13:00

Online Event

The Women in Cyber cluster provides a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other. Due to social distancing measures, we will be hosting our next meeting as an online webinar and we already have three fantastic speakers lined up.

Following the recent publication of the NCSC / KPMG report 'Decrypting Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion in Cyber Security', our speakers will focus on the impact and importance of diversity in the industry from a variety of view points.

From Chwarae Teg we have Eleanor Leyshon, who will talk about the role women play in developing and driving the economy, and will discuss some of the initiatives Chwarae Teg have in place to support and encourage diversity. Emma Tamplin will highlight the 'Not Just For Boys' initiative, which targets girls just before they choose their GCSEs giving them the chance to meet role models from different industries and to try their hands at engineering, digital and other skills that they might never have tried before.

Leanne Davies, Lecturer in Cyber Security at Glyndwr University will walk us through her experience of the industry, including widening the diversity issues through the cyber clusters both here and abroad.

And Holly Lidbury, Education Lead at the National Digital Exploitation Centre in Ebbw Vale will explain the importance of working with girls to encourage them into cyber security and digital subjects from an early age, in order to inspire a diverse and inclusive next generation of specialists.

We plan to have time for a panel discussion / Q&A at the end of the presentations so there will plenty of time for networking and questions. We hope you will be able to join us in this exciting online event.

Please reserve your ticket now, and a link for the webinar will be sent to you shortly before the event. .

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - January 2020

16th January 2020 | 16:00 - 18:00

University of South Wales Newport City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP

Our next Women in Cyber Wales meeting will be a Capture the Flag event!

Held at the University of South Wales Newport City Campus on Thursday 16th January 4pm-6pm.

You are welcome to organise your own team for the event or we can help place you in a team closer to the competition.

So bring along your friends or colleagues and let us welcome in the new year together with this fantastic event!

What is Capture the Flag?

Capture the Flag is a competition event which consists of a series of challenges that require participants to exercise their different skills to solve, which may be vital in a cyber security environment. Once a challenge is solved, a “flag” is given to the player and they submit this flag to the CTF server to earn points. Players can participate by themselves or as part of a team to attempt to score the highest number of points. Types of challenges can include programming, cryptography, exploitation and reverse engineering.

Women in Cyber Wales

Women in Cyber Wales is a networking event for women working (or hoping to work) in the cyber industry in Wales. Women in Cyber Wales is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber cluster and grew out of a visible lack of gender diversity in the Cyber Security industry. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for networking and support, where women aren't in the minority, and to provide a platform for women to share the amazing work they are doing in the field.

New members are always very welcome.

Meetings are held roughly once a month in South Wales and you don't have to be Welsh to join us! Dates are announced on our Twitter feed @WomenCyberWales or you can send us a message to be added to the contacts list.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - September 2019

10th September 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00

University of South Wales Newport City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP

Speakers:

Sangeet Bhullar – Explore the changing digital landscape, and the digital literacy everyday citizens need to benefit from online technologies, whilst managing online challenges

Rosie Nash – Cyber Security: A Teenagers Perspective

There will be tea, coffee and welsh cakes!

Women in Cyber Wales is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber cluster and grew out of a visible lack of gender diversity in the Cyber Security industry. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for networking and support, where women aren't in the minority, and to provide a platform for women to share the amazing work they are doing in the field.

New members are always very welcome.

Meetings are held roughly once a month in South Wales and you don't have to be Welsh to join us! Dates are announced on our Twitter feed @WomenCyberWales or you can send us a message to be added to the contacts list.

If you are interested in speaking at one of our events please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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