Inaugural Women in Cyber Security Awards scheme introduced by NTT Security

NTT Security, the specialist security company and Centre of Excellence in security for the NTT Group, has launched its inaugural Women in Cyber Security Awards as part of an initiative to recognise and inspire talented female professionals and newcomers in the cyber security industry.

The new awards, developed in partnership with Global Digital Women, will recognise the voices of females in cyber security across Europe and change perceptions of them as well as inspire young women to consider a career in the sector. With women representing 26% of NTT Security’s workforce in Europe, the project also forms part of NTT Security’s long-term drive to improve upon the gender gap.

Applicants can apply themselves or nominate female experts in the cyber security industry. There are two categories: ‘Newcomer’, which celebrates women who’ve been working in the cyber security sector for under five years or who have recently completed a cyber security-based degree, and ‘Professional’ for those women who’ve been managing a cyber security team or otherwise been involved with the industry for five or more years.

The awards are open for entries from now until 16th August in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and until 13 September in Northern Europe: the UK, Benelux and the Nordics. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of independent experts, with the winners announced at Information Security World in Vienna on 17th September and London on 15th October.

Major gender imbalance

Kai Grunwitz, senior vice-president for NTT Security in EMEA, said: “For as long as anyone can remember, the industry has suffered from a major gender imbalance problem. When viewed in the context of the global cyber skills shortages, it’s clear we’re reaching crisis point. With the new Women in Cyber Security Awards, we have made it our mission to give talented women in our industry the visibility they deserve and thank them for the work they do every day in this field. We also want to encourage more women to make a name for themselves in cyber security. There are already a lot more female role models out there today, but there’ still a long way to go. We still don’t have enough women working in the industry and recruiters are failing to deliver on diversity promises.”

The latest figures put the global cyber security skills shortfall at 2.9 million professionals, with women occupying just under a quarter (24%) of roles. This is an improvement on the 11% previously estimated. Furthermore, men still dominate the industry all the way to the top, occupying a large majority (87%) of CISO roles at Fortune 500 firms.

Grunwitz concluded: “Our industry needs to continue pushing for more women in cyber security. While the gender diversity problem will not change overnight, we hope NTT Security’s new awards will help increase the visibility of the profession among females.”

*To learn more about the Women in Cyber Security Awards visit http://www.women-in-cybersecurity-awards.com/en/

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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