Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 7 October 2021
7th October 2021 | 15:30 - 17:30


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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.

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