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Australian Women in Security Network

The need for cyber security role models globally

Author – Claire Fulford “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton Earlier this year, members of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) along with industry peers, participated in a Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) event focused on women in cyber.  PM&C invited participants to respond to several…
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There’s more than one definition for diversity

Author – Claire Fulford People talk about wanting diversity but not everyone defines it the same way.  When I resigned from my role in Hong Kong last year, I contacted recruiters in Australia.  Many told me that my 3+ years of Asian experience meant nothing in Australia and that if I wasn’t technical I was…
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The best way to land your next role in Security

Author – Claire Fulford An old friend recently remarked that I always know what I am going to do next, what my next job will be and how I am going to get it.  Apart from my recent decision to start my own business (call me if you need a coach!), I felt like I…
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Inspiring the next generation of women in IT

Author – Amanda Menard There has been a lot discussion regarding the lack of women working in IT. Current figures from the Australian Computer Society and Deloitte show that women make up only 28% of the ICT workforce. One of the initiatives working to change this statistic for future generations is the Girls’ Programming Network.…
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Leave no woman behind

Author – Cairo Malet As International Women’s Day draws closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the theme of “leave no woman behind” and how this plays out in my own life and career. As everyone knows, Information Security as an industry is lacking in women – we make up only 10% of the workforce…
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Infosec for Beginners: Cracking the Linguistic Fortress

Author – Kristine Sihto Kristine Sihto has been writing intermittently over the past three decades. Most recently, she has found joy in technical writing for Alcorn Security Group. Kristine has plans to self-publish a book of poetry in 2018 Information security can be a hard nut to crack. Infosec professionals come from a wide range of disciplines, with a…
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Getting more women on the podium

Author – Catherine McGrath Getting more women on-the-podium at conferences & events Catherine McGrath founder of #WomenSpeaking workshops$200 discount per full price ticket for AWSN members email Catherine for the code or direct payment. Seeing women at the forefront of public discourse is essential to gender equity. For AWSN members I pose these questions: are you seeing women at the…
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Slip, Slop, Slap Cybersecurity

Author – Ricki Burke Slip, Slop, Slap was the slogan of a famously successful campaign in Australia and New Zealand to raise the awareness for the public to protect themselves against the increased risk of skin cancer. Protecting yourself against the sun (Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat) may seem like…
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Flicking the switch for your security culture program

Author – Melissa Misuraca About a week ago, I was having a chat to Jacqui Loustau at a Last Tuesday of the Month (LTOTM) event about a blog article for the AWSN to promote ‘Safer Internet Day’.  After some discussion and a few glasses of red, we landed on a topic that will resonate with…
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Cyber Security Risk Management in Context

Author – Robyn Bailey A good cyber security program requires good management of risk, usually in accordance with Risk Management Standard ISO31000, although there’s almost always one critical step that is overlooked. Setting the context of a risk assessment is the first and one of the most important steps – if all participants of the…
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