City of Ottawa Proclaims International Women in Cyber Day


International Women in Cyber Day, September 1st

We are proud to announce the City of Ottawa has proclaimed September 1st as International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD)!

Thank you, City of Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson and Rima Aristocrat for accepting  this honour on behalf of the Women CyberSecurity Society.  


WCSS Appoints Rima Aristocrat as Board Member

The Women CyberSecurity Society is pleased to announce the addition of a fourth member of the board, Rima Aristocrat.  The board provides leadership for carrying out the Society's mission to provide support and services to individuals, academia, industry and governments to #recruit and #retain more women in the cybersecurity industry.  Rima has a strong background in education through Willis College as well as working with industry and government partners and remains a strong advocate for women in cybersecurity. 

Rima Aristocrat - Industry Liaison
Rima Aristocrat - Industry Liaison
Nancy Johnsen is a senior security analyst who is employed full time in the cybersecurity workforce.

WCSS Launches a new Chapter in St. John's, NL

  The Women CyberSecurity Society Inc. (WCSS) welcomes Nancy Johnsen as Chapter Lead as it launches a new chapter in St. John's, NL. WCSS continues it's international mission to #recruit and #retain more women for the new digital economy in the cybersecurity workforce. 

Join the chapter, by visiting our Meetup group. 


#tipthescale #cybersecurity #workforce #diversity #inclusion #IWCD #September12019 

For Immediate Release

May 12th, 2019

The Women CyberSecurity Society is gearing up to expand global presence at the Canadian Export Challenge

Vancouver, BC | The Women CyberSecurity Society, a non-profit society will participate in the 2019 Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) at the Global Entrepreneur Cohort. CXC is a 1-day global accelerator and pitch competition tour presented by Startup Canada, in collaboration with UPS​, Export Development Canada​, ​and theCanadian ​Trade Commissioner Service.

As a member of the Global Entrepreneur Cohort, the Women CyberSecurity Society, will pitch to win $2,500 and an expense-paid trip to Toronto for CXC’s final showdown, where they will face-off against representatives from across Canada to win an additional $25,000 and up to $100,000 in in-kind scaling support.

“Women from around the globe lack necessary support in the cybersecurity industry.  Outreach programs and services offered locally to communities, small and large will assist to retain and retrain women for cyber. Thereby, increasing diversity while closing the gender and skills gaps where the needs for a cyber workforce are the greatest!”

“As the most connected G7 country with the greatest ease of doing business, Canadian entrepreneurs have a global advantage out of the starting gate,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder, and President of Startup Canada. We are thrilled to see companies like Women CyberSecurity Society in the Global Entrepreneur Cohort and we aim to provide them with an increase in export-readiness, accelerated access to global markets, and support to ‘own the podium’ globally.”

The Women CyberSecurity Society (WCSS) is a non-profit founded in 2018 by Lisa Kearney who resides in Vancouver, BC. She brings more than two decades of expertise from the cybersecurity industry. Her organization provides customized programs and services developed by a woman in cyber for women in cyber. 

Support is needed throughout the lifecycle of a career and doesn’t end with that first job, next premonition or new certification. Women in the cyber ecosystem benefit from these services as they career and needs change.

In less than a year, WCSS has six chapters globally and more in the works, 3500 Followers and hundreds of global supporters and participants for the International Women in Cyber Day campaign. The demand is clear, women are asking for help!

For more information from Startup Canada please contact:

Maddie Stiles

Media Relations

613-627-0787 ext. 105