Earlier this year, the RSA cyber security conference came under fire for including only one female keynote speaker in a line-up of 20. The issue is not unique: In January, the CES technology conference also revealed a line-up lacking women speakers.
When challenged, RSA said that women in cyber security are hard to find. This isn’t true, say BAE Systems threat intelligence analysts Kirsten Ward and Saher Naumaan, who have just launched what they claim is the first cyber security conference of its kind, featuring an all-female speaker line up.
“It means they’re not trying hard enough,” says Naumaan. “There are plenty of exceptional women qualified to speak at such conferences. But because they are not promoted or given as much exposure as men, their participation is disproportionately skewed. We’re correcting this existing imbalance: all any conference organisers have to do is what we did – put in a little