The Women CyberSecurity Society (WCS2) is a registered non-profit founded in April 2018 by Lisa Kearney, a cybersecurity veteran. The idea originated after experiencing bullying and harassment on the job time and again with no support available. Lisa decided to do something about it and created a community member association to fill in the gaps to raise awareness about the lack of diversity, inclusion for women and marginalized groups across the industry.
Today, the society supports the community by offering mentoring, 24/7 unlimited online training, workshops, scholarships, awards and more. If you're an organization with similar goals, reach out to us to collaborate.
International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD) is a global initiative with the aim of celebrating women's achievements within the industry and bringing awareness to the issues and challenges they face.
We call upon industry, government and educators to partner, sponsor and participate with us in 2021 to make this a national and international reality!
#Recruitment #Retraining #Retention
Our mission is to advance and retain women and marginalized groups within the cybersecurity industry. We understand support is needed throughout the lifecycle of a career! No matter if you're seasoned veteran or just getting started in cybersecurity, we have programs and services here to help you!
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.
"Whether they are employed in the public or private sectors, they are guardians of our national and economic security." ~ 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.
*Source: Cybersecurity Ventures 2018
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.
The Women CyberSecurity Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Keavy Murphy as an Advisory Board Member and Director, Community Outreach & Engagement.
Keavy is passionate about helping others and comes from a nonprofit background and has completed training in nonprofit organization. She worked to strengthen communities and improve the lives of those in need. Reach out to Keavy regarding any opportunities or needs within the community.
The Women CyberSecurity Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Grant as an Executive Board Member and Director of Programs.
Kelly has a distinguished tenure within the cybersecurity industry and worked across many domains. For the last 15 plus years, she has focused on technical roles performing security testing as an "ethical hacker". Kelly's expertise includes compliance and she has obtained several industry certifications. Kelly is passionate about helping others and is a long time volunteer within the cybersecurity industry.
The Women CyberSecurity Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Mohindra as an Executive Board Member and Director of Business Development.
Karen has worked for several technology companies including First.org and Robotics in a business development capacity within the non-profit sector. She is passionate and dedicated to her work where she shines! .
Let's face it, 2020 has been a hard year for all of us!
The pandemic continues to take its toll on society, the economy, and many experienced personal trials. To those directly affected by the loss of a loved one, we send our sincere condolences!
During unprecedented social distancing, we have the gift of time and reflect on the blessings around us. We see the world setting healthier priorities, families strengthening bonds, a growing cyber workforce, environmental improvements, and the world uniting in the fight for a COVID-19 vaccine. All of which is truly astonishing and something to be extremely thankful for.
I'm proud to be Canadian and to live in a country where our government demonstrates reliance on science and takes decisive and immediate actions to supports our collective nation!
Through its programs and services, the Government of Canada has provided economic relief to individuals and organizations which enables many businesses to continue to operate and provide services to those in need.
A huge thank you to all our supporters, partners, collaborators, volunteers, donors and to all the board members for working diligently throughout 2020. Your efforts gave women an avenue and safe haven to provide and receive support, to improve their livelihoods and support their families with the opportunity to begin or advance a career in cybersecurity!
A special thank you to Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry PC MP who has supported our nonprofit and IWCD since 2019. Thank you also to the cities of Vancouver, Ottawa and St. John's for proclaiming IWCD!