Diversity and Inclusion in Cyber Security Webinar Series: 03 How to Attract More Female Students to Cybersecurity Degrees?
About the event
How to Attract More Female Students to Cybersecurity Degrees?
While the cybersecurity industry experiences a significant shortage of qualified professionals which is estimated as 4.07 million positions, the number of women in cybersecurity remains low and varies between only 11% and 24% according to different reports. One of the ways to ensure continuous supply of qualified female professionals to cybersecurity is to encourage female students to enter computer science and cybersecurity degree programmes. In this webinar, we will discuss what could and should be done to increase the number of female students entering cybersecurity programmes and how could female students be better supported during their studies. We will hear directly from female students who currently study on or have recently graduated from cybersecurity programmes at different levels (BSc, MSc, PhD), and who will share their experiences and views. There will an opportunity for the audience to interact with the presenters as well as share their own views on the problem.
About our Speakers
Dr Yulia Cherdantseva, Lecturer at the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University
Yulia worked as a lead researcher on the project “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems Cyber Security Lifecycle (SCADA-CSL)” funded by the Airbus Group Endeavr Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government, where she developed a novel SCADA Cyber Security, Safety and Risk (SCADA CSSR) graphical extension for BPMN 2.0 and a configurable dependency model of a SCADA system. She currently leads an NCSC and RISCS funded project about cyber-security decision-making by SMEs. In 2021, she was awarded an EPSRC grant for developing a framework for risk-informed and metrics-enriched cybersecurity playbooks for enhancing CNI resilience. Yulia is a cyber skills lead at the School and is interested in cybersecurity education from the primary school up to professional development level. Yulia is passionate about equality and diversity in cybersecurity.
Matilda Rhode, Research Scientist in Airbus' Cyber Innovation and Scouting lab
Matilda started out in social sciences and ended up in cyber security by way of a conversion master's to computer science. Following a PhD in malware detection, Matilda now work as a research scientist in Airbus' Cyber Innovation and Scouting lab, analysing market offerings and developing new solutions for security problems.
Iryna Bernyk, MSc Student in Cybersecurity and STEM Ambassador
Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Security and Forensics with a First Class Honours, Iryna Bernyk continued her journey into the cyber world as a MSc student in Cybersecurity. She has always been specifically interested in enhancing equality and diversity in cybersecurity as well as developing a secure IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) environment.
Iryna currently, as a MSc student, works on her own proposed MSc project on assessing the cybersecurity and resilience of the healthcare environments to cyber threats, which is a preliminary stage of her PhD project aimed at enhancing the security and resilience of the IoMT objects.
Outside of her studies, Iryna enjoys working as a STEM Ambassador, teaching the young generation in computer science and cybersecurity related subjects.
Maria Roberts, 3rd year Computer Science student at Cardiff University
Maria Roberts is a 3rd year Computer Science student at Cardiff University who is passionate about Cyber Security. She has taken modules in Forensics and is now completing her Individual Project Dissertation on IoT Security Vulnerabilities. After graduating Maria will be completing an MSc in Business Management and one of her main goals is to encourage diversity in the workplace, specifically in cyber and IT based professions.
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