In a year when budgets are getting tighter and reports are suggesting that Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives are falling by the wayside, events like the Most Inspiring Women in Cyber are more vital than ever. But with so much talk about the importance of diversity, are organisations actually doing anything about it? Is cybersecurity inclusive (and welcoming) enough that people would want to enter it as an industry?
These are the questions women in the industry and beyond are asking. That’s why Eskenzi PR, with input from the wider community, have chosen ‘Active Allyship: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ as the theme of this year’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards. The discussion aims to shape the conversation around accessibility for women in cybersecurity and creating an industry that works for all, not just some.
Eskenzi PR are also proud to announce that ThinkCyber, the innovators of measurable secure behaviour change with their Redflags® software, and Plexal, the innovation company solving society’s challenges through collaboration with government, startups and industry, have joined BT as sponsors for this year’s event. The event, held at the iconic BT Tower on the 27th February 2024, aims to celebrate trailblazers from across the cybersecurity industry. Previously announced media partners include the IT Security Guru, Assured Intelligence, and Women in Cybersecurity UK & Ireland Affiliate (WiCyS).
On the night, a panel discussion will take place featuring Stephanie Itimi, Founder and Chair of Seidea, Aurorah Cheney, Security Strategy and Growth Director at BT, Lucy Finlay, Client Delivery Director, Secure Behaviour and Analytics, at ThinkCyber, and Diane Gilbert, Innovation Ecosystem Lead at Plexal. The panel will be chaired by Eskenzi PR’s Co-Founder, Yvonne Eskenzi. The panellists will talk about their own personal experiences in the industry, as well as answer questions from the audience.
About the event, Diane Gilbert, Innovation Ecosystem Lead at Plexal, says: “A key element of my role requires relationship building, closing the opportunity gap between founders from across the UK-wide cyber ecosystem for them to equitably make the right connections to achieve growth.
“Ensuring our talent pool is diverse is important to me personally and professionally and it’s a core focus through Cyber Runway, which we deliver on behalf of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. Therefore, I’m proud that a third of the more than 200 companies to join the programme have been female-led and I’m incredibly excited to extend our support to women in the cyber security space even further through the Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Awards, an event that’s sure to be a celebration to remember. I look forward to talking all things allyship with my fellow panellists on the night and wish the nominees all the best!”
Tim Ward, CEO and Co-Founder of ThinkCyber, adds: “At ThinkCyber we have the pleasure of seeing first hand, in the more people centric side of cyber, the significant value of diversity in the industry. We have previously found ways to support WiCyS in their great work and now I’m genuinely excited to be part of this hugely important event celebrating women in cyber. The event creates a high-profile forum for women in cyber and their allies to come together and network. But even more importantly it offers us a chance to recognise and celebrate some incredible people and their inspiring achievements.”
On the night, 20 inspiring women and five ones to watch will be honoured. A special award, The Paula Brici: Cyber Marketeer of the Year, will be given to an exceptional in-house cybersecurity marketeer, in honour of Eskenzi PR colleague, Paula Brici.