Lacework has announced the inaugural launch of a new annual initiative, “Secured by Women”, that aims to honour, bring visibility to, and increase opportunities for the women making history in today’s tech and security landscape.
The initiative will offer people the opportunity to put the woman they think is making a noticeable impact in cybersecurity, across the UK (and in the US and Europe), forward for recognition and an award. And for every nomination submitted, Lacework is donating to Girls Who Code.
At the end of the initiative, five women, nominated by their peers, were selected as the first Secured by Women leaders. Lacework has sponsored each individual to attend one of the following upcoming major security conferences: RSA, Black Hat USA, Black Hat EMEA, or AWS re:Invent. Those recipients unable to attend a conference are awarded the opportunity to donate the value of this sponsorship to a charity of their choice.
Despite comprising nearly half of the workforce, women only account for 38% of those in the STEM industry and 25% in the cybersecurity industry, according to analysts. Lacework’s Secured by Women not only celebrates the groundbreaking women shaping modern security, but is also designed as an ongoing initiative to help more women secure a seat at the table and a voice in the decision-making process, alongside all of the opportunities that they deserve.
“In the security industry, we often talk about visibility – how to increase visibility into our technology environments to better see and understand our risks and potential threats. In that same spirit, now is time to increase visibility for the incredible women in the space who are leading, innovating, and revolutionising modern security,” said Meagen Eisenberg, Chief Marketing Officer of Lacework. “With this ongoing initiative, we hope to shine a light on this and create more urgency around increasing opportunities for women in security to showcase their amazing contributions and capture leadership roles.”