Promoting positive role models to increase numbers of cyber security professionals

Promoting positive role models to increase numbers of cyber security professionals

Cyber Security Women in Cyber Security
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Speaker at conference

The Australian Women’s Cyber Security Speaker Exchange wants to encourage more women into the cyber security workforce by increasing the numbers of women presenting at industry events and panel discussions at cyber security conferences. Latest research from AustCyber forecasts a shortage of 7,500 cyber security professionals in Australia by 2026, so attracting women to the cyber security industry is key to addressing our cyber security workforce shortage.

Our research shows that having positive role models demonstrating success at all stages of their cyber security career journey, from classroom to boardroom, is one of the deciding factors of whether women join and stay in the industry. Conferences provide one of the best opportunities to showcase diverse role models to a wide audience, yet we still see many all-male panels and limited numbers of women speakers. Often the omission is due to organisers not knowing who to contact. To help address this, Louisa Partridge and Louisa Vogelenzang established the Australian Women’s Cyber Security Speaker Exchange.

The initiative showcases women speakers from the cyber security industry, both established and emerging voices,  providing conference organisers with ready-to-go talent that demonstrates industry diversity and promotes positive role models for the cyber security industry.