Supporting the next generation of women in cyber

Supporting the next generation of women in cyber

Cyber Security Women in Cyber Security
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Two women sitting at a table discussing cyber security.

Increasing participation of women in the cyber security industry is one of the key objectives of the national Cyber Security Strategy and a crucial part of ensuring Australia’s cyber resilience.

To help achieve this objective the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser is launching the second round of Women in Cyber Mentoring Events. Starting in Melbourne, the mentoring program will enable women participants of the 2017 Cyber Security Challenge Australia to learn about the breadth and depth of available cyber security careers. Most importantly the program offers an opportunity to meet and interact with successful women from the industry who will act as role models.  

The program has received overwhelmingly positive response with industry leaders putting their hand up to support the next generation of Australia’s cyber security professionals. Our research shows that having positive role models demonstrating success at all stages of a cyber security career journey is one of the deciding factors of whether women join and stay in the industry.   

This year events will be held in Melbourne and Sydney, featuring a range of presentations, panel discussions, and speed mentoring sessions. Following the launch, mentors and mentees will stay in touch throughout the year to work together on developing the necessary skills and experience to succeed in a cyber security career.

To become part of future events either as a mentor or a mentee email cyber@pmc.gov.au or reachout via Twitter @CyberGovAU