The Females Advancing in Security & Technology (FAST) Awards will be presented to three young women who are in the early stages of their careers and demonstrated persistence and passion to advance within the cybersecurity industry.
Nominate your "next generation cyber warrior"!
We wish to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women through the FAST Award. Currently, women make up only 10-25% of the security and technology workforce. Through an increase in diversity and further inclusion, we hope more women will enter these fields and retention rates will increase. In Canada, research shows 50% of women drop out of technology fields within the first four years of their careers.
Selection of the FAST Award will be based on the following criteria. Recipients will have demonstrated excellence in one of the five categories below.
Your contributions are evident by your advocacy and support for other women and marginalized groups across the industry. Through mentoring, coaching or by helping others succeed.
Demonstrated leadership by taking bold strides to advance within the industry despite roadblocks and challenges.
You have enrolled in a recognized cybersecurity program, received a certification or recently graduated from a recognized cybersecurity program through a recognized online cybersecurity training provider. This includes training from our digital learning platforms.
You have continued to pursue your dreams and career goals with upmost dedication by using every opportunity to advance your career or that of others.
Are you a supporting organization for women and marginalized groups within the cybersecurity industry and would like to become an award sponsor? If so, use the button below to contact us.
Your passion and zeal for learning is demonstrated through active engagement within the community, social media presence or at your work or school/study environment.
We've create a 'Male Ally' category. This award will be presented to a man who has demonstrated unwavering support and advocacy for women within the industry. He can be a teacher, mentor, co-worker, industry professional or anyone you feel qualifies for this award. Male allies are integral to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and community.
We love building new relationships to support those in our community.
Are you a woman working in cybersecurity?
Are you interested in a cybersecurity career?
Would you like to learn more about the industry?
Does your organization support increased diversity within the industry?
Do you live in Canada?
Do you support women in STEM?
Are you a woman based organization?
Do you need support to advance your career?
Have you experienced bias?
Have you been harassassed or bullied?
Are you a male advocate?
If any of these statements resonate, you should support the International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD) petition for Canada to recognize September 1st as IWCD.