One Day to Make Permanent Change
Lack of gender diversity continues to plague the technology industry. Women are vastly underrepresented and under promoted in technology roles, hampering the industry’s effectiveness. According to a report by the organization ISACA, while eight in ten women report having a male supervisor and nine in ten women are concerned about the number of women in technology, only one in five organizations are very committed to hiring women in technology roles. These numbers are further exacerbated in application security where only eleven percent of the workforce is women. These numbers only further exacerbate the problem at hand.
Young women do not consider security a viable career path when they do not see themselves represented in leadership and mentoring roles. In fact because of these gaps, qualified women are often left out of training, mentoring and speaking opportunities, hampering their professional growth. This issue is further pronounced in the field of information security, where diverse and creative talent is needed the most.
In order to change the course of this industry’s hiring practices and provide a bright future for anyone who wishes to accept the challenge, we need to come together in a massive way. The only way to address the situation is by concentrated mentoring, training, and recruitment of qualified women. To address that we are inviting meetups, nonprofits and commercial businesses alike to show the technology community in San Francisco that together, we can make a difference. For one day, we can stand united and help change direction not only for the future of the technology industry in this great city, but also for the potential future careers of two hundred women in technology. Our goal is for every participant to walk away with a clear understanding of and direct hands-on exposure to what is actually involved in the information security industry, what skills they will need to build to transition into this field and the resources and disciplines to pursue to make this professional leap forward a reality.
The Day of Shecurity is a free-to-attend one-day hands-on mini-conference in San Francisco for women in technology interested in cybersecurity. The event is a joint headlining effort by the Lookout Diversity Steering Committee, Brainbabe and OWASP. Additionally, local area non-profit and special interest groups are invited to participate. The day will conclude with one or more opportunities to win a grand prize raffle for an "all expense paid" trip to DEF CON 2018.