Women in Cyber Cluster

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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 - 18 September 2020

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

Online Event

The Women in Cyber cluster is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Cluster. The meetings provide 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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