Your voice and actions matter.
In 2017, the book, IN SECURITY: how a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe, was published. It came at a turning point for the industry as attacks increased, group think reigned, and a skills issue loomed.
The book called for several actions. The first was for better collaboration, knowledge share, and a change in attitude – giving to gain. That’s why we set up an exclusive community for cybersecurity professionals called IN Crowdd. We hope you’ve joined it and are ready to take the next step – to pledge.
We believe we have a unique industry, want to raise awareness of it and the fantastic opportunities it offers. We’re passionate about securing cyber space and ensuring women are both welcomed and empowered to reach their ambitions within it. We know that when we work together to do this – as change agents or IN Security Ambassadors – we can make a real difference to improving diversity and equality for women in cybersecurity.
As our mission is to mobilise an effective cybersecurity workforce, we’re calling for immediate action. This comes in the form of a pledge and we need your help.
We believe taking a pledge is an important step to affecting change but only if there’s clarity around why you’re doing it and it can be measured. That’s why we’re asking individuals, event companies, and organisations to join us and take part fully. There are many things that you can do and ways to demonstrate your commitment. To keep this simple, we’ve outlined them below.
Pledge as an Individual
As an individual you can pledge to champion women’s security education, their advancement in the workplace, achievement, success, or tackle bias and inequality. If you’re a woman you can also pledge to become a role model, a speaker at an event, to speak up during a meeting or if you’re subjected to bias in the workplace, or anything else that you think may be suitable.
Download our IN SECURITY pledge instructions for individuals if you need guidance.
Pledge as an Event Company
As a an event company you can pledge to increase the numbers of women speakers and panellists at your event. When 20%, 25% or 30% of your speakers are women let us know and you’ll be awarded bronze, silver or gold seal, which you can display on your website or in marketing materials.
Download our IN SECURITY pledge for event companies for guidance.
Pledge as an Organisation
As an organisation you can pledge to increase the numbers of women in your security team, hire in a non biased fashion, ensure equal pay, further learning and development, build mentoring and sponsoring programmes, create awareness campaigns, inclusive networks, scholarships, bursaries, or outreach programmes to schools.
When you can demonstrate your efforts, contact us to discuss our assessment package and how you can be awarded our IN SECURITY bronze, silver or gold seal, which you’ll be able to use in marketing initiatives.