Worcester, UK, 22 March 2021: The UK Cyber Security Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) UK.

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is an international non-profit founded in 2012 which has grown into a global alliance of 30 affiliate(s) organisations. With over 6000 members it is the largest member organisation in the world representing and empowering Women in the field of Cyber Security. 

WiCyS mission is to recruit, retain and advance women in Cyber Security through a range of initiatives including training programs, an online member forum, webinars, an annual conference, job boards, scholarships, grants and awards, career fairs and virtual/in-person networking.

Following a joint study last year from NCSC and KPMG, it is reported that Women now represent 31% of the Cyber Security Workforce. Although progress is clearly being made, 31% still doesn’t go far enough, with many companies aiming for 50% women in cyber security. This is where WiCyS UK comes in and aligns perfectly with the UK Cyber Security Association’s mission to encourage more women to enter the cyber security industry.

Speaking of the partnership, Lisa Ventura, CEO & Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association said: “We are delighted to partner with Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) UK to raise awareness of cyber security as a career path for women. Given that we are still at only 31% women in the cyber security industry, this shows that there is still much to be done to encourage women to enter a career in cyber. We look forward to working with WiCyS UK on a joint programme of events and initiatives through our partnership in this area.”

Laura Wellstead, President, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) UK, said: “While there’s been significant progress in reducing the gender gap in cybersecurity thanks to initiatives from individuals, organisations and government, there’s still a lot of work to do. The UK Cyber Security Association’s commitment to drive the inclusion and diversity agenda in the cybersecurity workforce presents an exciting opportunity to join forces for change. 

WiCyS UK is proud to partner with the UK Cyber Security Association and is looking forward to working together to deliver meaningful initiatives dedicated to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the field.”

For more information about Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) UK visit https://www.wicys.org/, and for more information about the UK Cyber Security Association visit www.cybersecurityassociation.co.uk.

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Sylvia Herbert
Press Officer: UK Cyber Security Association
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Notes for Editors

  1. About the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA)
    The UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA) is a membership organisation for individuals, small businesses, SME’s and corporate companies who are involved in or who work in the cyber security industry in the UK. Members receive a wide range of benefits including access to the latest cyber security industry news, discounts on courses, seminars, networking events, conferences and items such as insurance and penetration testing, access to a directory of members and much more. The UKCSA also lobbies and campaigns heavily for businesses of all sizes to take the growing cyber security threat more seriously.

  2. About Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) UK
    Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is an international non-profit founded in 2012 which has grown into a global alliance of 30 affiliates organisations. With over 6000 members it is the largest member organisation in the world representing and empowering Women in the field of CyberSecurity. WiCyS mission is to recruit, retain and advance women in CyberSecurity through a range of different initiatives.
  3. Lisa Ventura, CEO & Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association and Laura Wellstead, President, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) UK, are available for interviews or commentary upon request.
  4. Photography and other imagery is also available upon request.