The Women CyberSecurity Society (WCS2) was founded by Lisa Kearney in the spring of 2018. The idea came to her after speaking to female colleagues who were experiencing challenges unique to women and realizing there was no support network tailored to meet their needs.
Our mission is to increases the representation of women within the industry, lower the skills gap and celebrate achievements and milestones.
We understand support is needed througout the lifecycle of their careers! So if you're a seasoned veteran or just getting started in cybersecurity, we have programs and services here to help you!
International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD) is a global initiative in the #Recruitment #Retraining & #Retention of women in the cybersecurity workforce. We call upon industry, goverment and educators to partner, sponosr and particpate with us in 2020 to make this a national and international reality!
Our mission is to empower women and girls interested in cybersecurity by providing support, programs and services to remove roadblocks and obstacles throughout the life-cycle of their careers.
We aim to increase diversity and inclusion while increasing workforce skills and lowering the gender gaps within the industry. An estimated 3.5 million jobs will be vacant by 2021.
~ US President, Executive Order, May 2, 2019
The partnerships we build focus on fostering opportunities and leading the way for women to succeed. Women should not just survive but thrive when they receive the support and equal opportunities to achieve goals and leadership positions.
Kathy is a former police officer with 25 years of investigative and crime prevention experience. She has been developing and delivering cyber awareness and crime prevention programs
for both public and private sector organizations for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise
include cyber safety, online fraud, social engineering, online abuse, social media, cyberbullying,
targeted intrusions, and privacy protection.
Integrating her understanding of police work with her experience in public relations, Kathy instructs cybercrime prevention and personnel security at the University of Calgary, and also works as an open source investigator with Toddington International. Kathy recently published Cybercrime: Awareness, Prevention, and Response, the first Canadian resource of its kind to effectively address the role of crime within our digitally dependent world. In 2009, the Governor General of Canada invested Kathy with the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), in recognition for her longstanding commitment to cybercrime prevention and awareness. In 2019, Kathy was elected onto the Senate at the University of Calgary.
After completing part-time professional study on Information Security Management System 7 years ago, Violaine left her position as legal adviser to become a Data Privacy professional in Europe for the eHealth national agency of Luxembourg, then in Canada as Data Privacy & Compliance Analyst at Ritchie Bros. She advocates for a better protection of the personal information while supporting the innovation through trust, transparency and awareness.
When I look back on the last two years, it has been wonderful and filled with many successes and lessons learned. As we grow our leadership team and society members, we eagerly look forward to serving you in 2020.
Thanks to all our parnters and supporters who have helped us deliver scholarships, promotions, giveaways, empowering and inspiring events, workshops, support and much much more!
We look forward to the year ahead and expanding our services to meet the needs of this important community!
International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD) is a global initiative focused on the #Recruitment #Retraining & #Retention of women in the cybersecurity workforce. We call upon industry, goverment and educators to partner, sponosr and particpate with us in 2020 to make this a national and international reality! #TipTheScale #IWCD2020 #womenincybersecurity #womenincyberday
Lisa has worked in the cybersecurity workforce for over two decades and is active within the consulting community. She is an avid speaker and provides interviews to advocate and champion on behalf of women in cybersecurity.