Women in Cyber: Shaping the Future of Security

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Date: March 8, 2024
Time: 7:00 AM MST | 8:00 AM CST | 9:00 AM EST | 7:30 PM IST
Topic: Women in Cyber: Shaping the Future of Security

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Abstract: The scope of cybersecurity is growing in direct proportion to expansive digitalization across the globe, increasing the demand for qualified information security professionals. Nevertheless, even as the cybersecurity workforce remains diverse, the industry faces ongoing challenges in attracting a broader spectrum of professionals. The journey to success in cybersecurity as a career is often fraught with challenges, and difficulties associated with attracting a larger workforce further exacerbate the need for more qualified professionals amidst increasing cyberattacks.

This webinar aims to inspire young professionals to join and contribute towards making the global digital space more secure by illuminating the inspiring success stories of pioneering women security leaders. Drawing from their real-world experiences and insights, our esteemed speakers and panel members will share invaluable perspectives on overcoming barriers, breaking stereotypes, and thriving as professionals in cybersecurity.

Whether you are a cybersecurity professional aspiring to leadership roles or an organizational leader committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, this webinar promises to inspire, empower, and equip you with the tools needed to thrive in the dynamic world of cybersecurity. Join us as we celebrate the journey of women leaders in security and chart a course toward a more inclusive and secure future.

Key takeaways:

  • Breaking Barriers: Overcoming challenges associated with pursuing a career in cybersecurity
  • Navigating Career Transitions: From a Technologist to a CISO
  • Leadership in Security: Building effective teams and cultivating talent
  • Driving Change: Advocating for diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity community
  • Personal Growth: Strategies for continuous learning and professional development
Moderator :

Roya GordonRoya Gordon, OT/IoT Security Expert

Roya Gordon is a seasoned cybersecurity professional with extensive expertise in operational technology (OT) and the Internet of Things (IoT). She has worked with renowned organizations such as Nozomi Networks, Accenture, and the Idaho National Laboratory, guiding Fortune 100 companies in safeguarding their critical assets. Roya is a sought-after speaker at global conferences, where she shares her knowledge on topics such as OT/IoT vulnerabilities, the current cyber threat landscape, ransomware resilience, cyber threat actors’ tactics, and recommendations for reducing susceptibility to attacks. She has collaborated with various industry Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) and contributed to developing cyber security strategies and policies for the US government.

Panelists :

Marlene VeumMarlene Veum, Independent Cyber Security Consultant and Advisor, Web3 and Decentralized Technologies

Bio: Marlene Veum is a senior-level cyber security professional with vast experience providing strategic and technical direction in secure product and service delivery, architecture and assurance, risk management, and compliance oversight. She’s led multimillion-dollar security and technology initiatives, threat intelligence, and critical operations that support national and international IT enterprises and cloud services. She is also an expert in implementing secure architecture, identity and access management services, technical security controls, risk management, and compliance programs, following US and international banking, financial services, healthcare, export laws, and various privacy mandates.

Marlene has a track record of successfully leading secure cloud development operations in encryption standards, virtualization, configuration management, continuous monitoring, service reliability engineering, and vulnerability management. She has traveled to over 14 countries and performed audits, risk assessments, and forensic reviews as part of her international experience. She oversees mergers and acquisitions security assessments and integrations, ensuring that critical security vulnerabilities and audit findings are sufficiently mitigated in acquired products, services, and assumed IT infrastructure.


Maez de GuzmanMaez de Guzman, Cybersecurity Leader

Bio: Maez leads one of the Big Four’s Global Delivery Services, the cybersecurity team in the Philippines, servicing their biggest clients globally. She is the first Certified Chief Information Security Officer in the Philippines. She has received numerous industry accolades, including ASEAN Top Women in Security for 2021 and 2022, the Philippines Top Women in Security for 2020, Global EPIC Women in Cyber, and Global Women Who Inspire Honorary, to name a few. She is a global thought leader, speaker, and member of the C|CISOs International Advisory Board, which comprises prominent and global industry leaders and top threat intelligence professionals from diverse sectors and globally known brands. She has lived and worked across the APAC region as a head of cybersecurity and threat intelligence. Maez is a seasoned, proven leader with extensive experience setting up cybersecurity centers of excellence, business transformations, and large-scale threat detection and response operations. She has a proven track record of integrating security into business and technology operations and helping global leaders address critical security and risk concerns.


Ljubica PendaroskaLjubica Pendaroska, Data Protection, Privacy and Data Management Consultant

Bio: Ljubica Pendaroska is a recipient of Cybersecurity Top 50 Women of Influence Europe for 2021 & 2019, a senior expert consultant, international trainer, and speaker in data management, personal data protection, and privacy. She is also the founder and president of Women4Cyber North Macedonia, part of the international cybersecurity community. She has served and led various projects as a senior expert at international bodies, such as the European Union, the World Bank, the UN, and UNICEF. Further, she has also governed data management and personal data establishment and operation within fast-growing public and private sector entities in Europe and the Middle Eastern countries. Based on the tailored training program she has built in her fields of expertise, she has also trained relevant employees within various future–and vision-oriented companies. Geographically, her work primarily focuses on Europe and the Middle East, with a key focus on the EU, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Oman.

*Examples, analysis, views and opinion shared by the speakers are personal and not endorsed by EC-Council or their respective employer(s)

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