Taking cyber security seriously for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a month-long campaign observed every October and 2021 marks the 18th year since its initial conception.

Since then it has grown exponentially and has become renowned across the word, with businesses, consumers, corporations, educational institutions and young people, all taking stock of the importance of internet security and cyber security measures.

As cyber criminals took advantage of the operational changes businesses had to quickly make as a reaction to the pandemic, ransomware attacks soared with the UK being ranked number 10 on the list of countries worst affected by ransomware. In fact, four in ten UK businesses (39%) experienced a cyber security attack in the last 12 months alone, with around a quarter (27%) of these organisations experiencing them at least once a week.

With cyber attacks becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, WeAreTechWomen took a moment to speak with experts in the field to find out what businesses can do to protect themselves – here is what they had to say:

The first line of defense – employees

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021 is a time to reflect on the major technological and lifestyle shifts brought on by the pandemic and their security implications.

Tim Bandos, Digital GuardianFor Tim Bandos, CISO & VP Security Managed Services at Digital Guardian, cyber talent retention should be a top priority. He said: “Finding the right fit for your security team remains a daunting and somewhat challenging task in today’s world. There’s a well-documented shortage of talent across the cyber security industry dating back several years. The pandemic and the challenges it brought have made matters worse.

“When it comes to ensuring cyber talent retention, establishing the right working environment is critical to keeping people engaged and motivated to stay. Having policies to ensure there’s an effective work-life balance and offering solid benefits are important elements when it comes to employee retention. I also believe that if you have a highly collaborative and engaging team that focuses on achieving group goals and taking the time to reward and celebrate them, it goes a very long way in countering anyone’s interest in leaving.”

Providing employees with the right skillset is essential when it comes to cyber security. Don Mowbray, EMEA Lead, Technology & Development at Skillsoft commented: “In today’s digital age, companies must continuously train their employees and build a security-minded workforce that’s aware of the multitude of threats they face.”

He suggests, “leveraging blended learning mixes styles, tactics, and content delivery modalities that make for a robust, effective and tailored environment for all. In cyber security training, it can involve putting the practical skills learned to the test in controlled practice labs or gamified style attacker versus defender environments, with traditional courses and lessons layered throughout, helping learners evaluate their skills via a hands-on approach.”

The right tools for the role

All businesses operate in different ways depending on a multitude of factors such as industry, department, or compliance and regulation. It makes sense then that there is not one-fits-all when it comes to the tools each needs to support the work.

For Phil Dunlop, General Manager, EMEA at Progress Software, it’s about supporting the IT teams with the correct tools. “As we emerge from the pandemic, and workers start to head back to offices, IT teams continue to carry a heavy responsibility for data security. Within the working environment, employees sharing personal and private data internally and externally is a constant stress for security teams and IT operations. And the data security risks associated with social platforms like Slack, Teams and WhatsApp only add to the pressure.”

Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director at Diligent Institute, agrees: “Open communication tools – like Slack, texting and personal email – are great for informal communication, but they don’t often provide the level of security or access privileges needed for sensitive communications between executives, the board, legal, HR, risk and compliance teams… Organisations need secure environments and workflows that allow them to communicate highly sensitive information safely, without worrying that it might accidentally be misrouted, forwarded, leaked or even stolen. And, the system must be intuitive and convenient, so executives remain within its workflows and processes without straying to other systems and creating security gaps.”

Keeping technology up to date 

Remote work unexpectedly became the norm in 2020, and as we close out 2021, the hybrid work model may be here to stay for decades to come. “Rather than retreating back to legacy methods and previous strategies, companies must #BeCyberSmart and tackle modern threats head on,” Tyler Farrar, CISO at Exabeam commented. “It’s critical to highlight that compromised credentials are the reason for 61% of breaches today. To remediate incidents involving user credentials and respond to adversaries, organisations must consider an approach that is closely aligned with monitoring user behaviour to get the necessary context needed to restore trust, and react in real time, to protect employee accounts. This should include the ability to understand what normal looks like in your network, so when anything abnormal occurs, you can immediately detect it and prevent it from causing harm or damage to your organisation.”

With ransomware on a continual rise, outsourcing to specialist providers continues to be an increasingly popular choice for businesses requiring expert security services. Andy Collins, Head of Security at Node4 said: “It can be difficult for busy internal security teams to allocate time and resources to essential, but not urgent, tasks such as identifying the most effective local or off-site backup location for each data tier, or analysing the operational impact to avoid performance degradation for systems and applications. Security MSPs can provide great aid in preventing cyber-attacks by providing technical support, filling technical gaps, and staying up to date with the latest threat and security technologies in order to resist their ever-changing nature.”

Recovery over ransom

As fending off cyber attacks becomes a daily reality, having a cyber strategy in place should be a top priority for all businesses to ensure that, should the worst happen, the business is poised to recover.

Andy Fernandez, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company said: “Ransomware attacks are evolving, targeting next-gen applications like Kubernetes and Microsoft 365. As the adoption of cloud applications grows, so will exploits and attacks and in turn the importance of restoring data. Modern organisations that are responsible for that data will need to have native data protection solutions that can help them protect internal applications and applications shipped using containers. For example, we are seeing file-less attacks explicitly targeting stateful Kubernetes data.”

Hugh Scantlebury, Founder and CEO at Aqilla agrees, “cyber attacks continue to grow in frequency and severity. Backup and disaster recovery coupled with regularly audited security measures are the best form of defence. But don’t assume that your cloud-based SaaS solutions automatically offer these services.

“Aqilla’s software does. But if you’re using cloud-based accounting and financial software — indeed, any cloud-based solution — we’d recommend you check that your solution operates from a secure and well-managed data centre. Ask your provider if they store your data in accordance with the National Cyber Security Centre’s 14 Cloud Security Principles.

“Finally, check whether disaster recovery and automated backup are taking place (and with what frequency) within your SaaS environments.”

For Thomas Cartlidge, Head of Threat Intelligence at Six Degrees, it is all about cyber hygiene. He told us: “Strong cyber security hygiene has never been as important as it is today. As workers get settled into hybrid environments it is critical your employees protect their identity while at work and at home.”

“Making cyber smart decisions that align to your wider organisational strategy is an essential element of maintaining operational integrity and ensuring success in this hostile digital landscape,” he concludes. “If you have a cyber skills gap in your organisation, you should be soliciting input from a third party to help prioritise your cyber strategy.”


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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce our 2021 TechWomen100 shortlist

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WeAreTechWomen is extremely proud to announce the TechWomen100 shortlist for 2021.

Since August 2021, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor Goldman Sachs, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1,000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

The shortlist showcases remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Hana Bird, a Spacecraft Operations Engineer for In-Space Missions, who worked on their first mission, Faraday Phoenix; Alice Hendy, who founded the app, R;pple Suicide Prevention, after the tragic loss of her brother, Josh, in 2020; Priyanka Mittal, who led the Cloud-based architecture of two national programmes at NHS Digital, which have been the backbone of the government’s response to COVID-19; Esther Akpovi, also known as the Gen Z Cheerleader, who is an award-winning Youth and Education activist; and Manisha Ganguly, who is a multi-award-winning independent conflict journalist & filmmaker using open-source techniques to investigate human rights abuses under conditions of war.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. The TechWomen100 awards also celebrate women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as the Royal Air Force, NHS Digital, EY, American Express, Bloomberg, Google, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, IBM, Mastercard, Transport for London, BT, and many more.

Over the nomination period, we received over 1,000 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

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The public vote of support is now open for our 200 individual shortlist nominees. Votes can be cast here*.

*Please note there is no public vote for Champions, Companies, Global Award for Achievement or Networks.

Orla Dunne, Goldman Sachs“Goldman Sachs is delighted to sponsor the TechWomen100 Awards in celebration of women making a huge impact on the technology industry.

As a firm, we are fully committed to developing and supporting talented individuals, advancing gender equality, and increasing diverse representation at every level. As we strive for excellence, a diverse workforce best positions us to serve our clients, as well as the communities in which we operate.

Awards such as this are a pivotal instrument for change, recognising our industry’s future leaders, and creating role models to inspire new talent into technology.”

ORLA DUNNE, PARTNER – HEAD OF CORE ENGINEERING IN EMEA, GOLDMAN SACHS

“At WeAreTechWomen, we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 1,000 female future leaders in technology by 2025.”

“The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding. I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be in November.”

VANESSA VALLELY OBE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, WEARETECHWOMEN

The 2021 awards are kindly powered by Goldman Sachs and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Ipsos Mori, Oliver Wyman, and OpenFin.

We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees and best of luck in the next round of judging.

The final list will be announced 15 November. Finalists will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December.

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SheTalksTech Podcast - Cyber Power – The Shades of Grey with Dr Mary Haigh, BAE Systems

Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast on 'Cyber Power – The Shades of Grey' with Dr Mary Haigh, BAE Systems

SheTalksTech Podcast - Cyber Power – The Shades of Grey with Dr Mary Haigh, BAE Systems

Today we hear from Dr Mary Haigh, the CISO for BAE plc.

In this episode of She Talks Tech, Mary shares her expertise of cyber security as she delves into the topic of Cyber Power.

Our trust in our digital infrastructure is vital, to our economy, to our way of life, to our core values as a society. Mary explains how Cyber Power has the ability to both strengthen our digital infrastructures and weaken it.

If you want to find out more about Mary – you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2021.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 17 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.

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What does working in Technology look like? WeAreTechWomen & Speakers for Schools event image featured

Recommended Event: 02/11/2021: What does working in technology look like? | WeAreTechWomen & Speakers for Schools

What does working in Technology look like? WeAreTechWomen & Speakers for Schools event image

Have you ever wondered how apps are made or how social media platforms are built? Have you ever seen computer generated images in movies and wondered how they did that?

Have you ever played a game online and questioned how those images were made or wondered how websites are built? The answer is technology – something we all use every hour of every day!

From buying tube tickets, to buying clothes online, Googling, making calls or sending messages. There are millions of technologists all over the world, in thousands of different jobs, who bring this technology to life. These individuals not only enable us to enjoy life through the use of technology,but they also build tech and systems that save lives and help solve big societal issues,like poverty and climate change.

So would you like to work in tech? Do you want to change the world through technology? Are you an app developer just waiting to be the next millionaire? Or perhaps you are a future cybersecurity analyst that wants to work for MI5 one day!

Join Speakers for Schools and WeAreTechWomen as we take you on an incredible journey, where you will hear career stories from a group of super-talented technologists in gaming, special effects, climate change, cyber security, web design, artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering and space technology. The day will run from 10.30am-2pm on 2nd November. During this event there will be the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and to find out what a career in technology really looks like. What are you waiting for?

*Please note – to register for this event, your school/college must be registered on the S4S portal. They can sign up here.

AGENDA

10am: Opening with Vanessa Vallely OBE
10.05am: What is Artificial Intelligence? | Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC
10.25am: Question and Answers with Rob
10.30am: How are websites built and what skills do you need? | Cheryl Laidlaw, Founder, Website in a Day
10.50am: Questions and Answers with Cheryl
11.00am: Break Time
11.15am: How are apps made? | Dionne Condor Farrell, Agile Development Lead, TfL
11.35am: Questions and Answers with Dionne
11.45am: What is Coding? | Avye Coloute, Maker, Coder, Tech Advocate, Social Entrepreneur & Founder, Girls Into Coding
12.00pm: What is virtual reality and augmented reality | Jeremy Dalton, Head of XR, PwC
12.20pm: Questions and Answers with Jeremy
12.30pm: Break Time
13.00pm: Visual effects (VFX) with Technology in movies | Vicki Lau, VFX/VR Specialist & Author
13.20pm: Questions and Answers with Vicki
13.30pm: What is it like to be an engineer | Anastasia Perisynakis, CEO & Co-Founder, Pleotek
13.50pm: Questions with Anastasia
14.00pm: Close with Vanessa Vallely


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual – a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 


Supermums launch new campaign to help mothers bounce back from the pandemic

MumsSkillUp Campaign, SuperMums

Supermums has launched new campaign – #MumsSkillUp – to help mothers bounce back from the pandemic.

Women’s jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis than men’s jobs. During the pandemic women have been disportionally effected by job losses and increasing pressure within relationships which has increased the divorce rate and the need for financial independence.

That’s why, during October, Supermums is on a mission to mobilise a global community to help women get back on track across the world, financially, economically and emotionally.

The campaign will help to shine a light on the career opportunities that exist for women (and beyond) that can give them flexible, well paid, resilient careers and financial independence. They will also be sharing positive new stories and sharing educational stories and information to help mums bounce back.

Supermums was founded on a mission to help mums secure a flexible well paid resilient career. The idea originated from our founder Heather Black when she personally experienced the trauma of losing a business and career when new economic and political changes were imposed beyond her control in 2011 which proved to be a turning point in her life. She had to find a way to bounce back and to launch a new career path.

This led Heather to completely change career and retrain as a Salesforce Consultant were she was earning £5k ($10k) a month working part time remotely. She felt that if she could do it then others could do to and she launched Supermums to spread the word in Nov 2016. Fastforward to now she has helped nearly 500 upskill and retrain across 9 different countries.

Speaking about the campaign, Heather Black, Founder, Supermums said, ”I was just about to start a family, we wanted to move out of the city, I didn’t know anything about working in the tech space.”

“I didn’t even know what a CRM was for many years until someone spent the time showing me but then my eyes were opened to a whole new world!”

“I started using a CRM for my business and saw it’s value first hand to improve processes and reporting.”

“I decided I wanted to learn more and consider CRM consultancy as a career choice.”

“Fast forward to now and I’ve got a financially rewarding career that gives me financial independence and stability as a single parent.“

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Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast on 'The Future of Data: Protecting Data in a Global Economy' with Deborah O'Neill, Oliver Wyman

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Today we hear from Deborah O’Neill, the Head of Digital for UK and Ireland and a partner at Oliver Wyman.

In this episode of She Talks Tech, Deborah explores how countries across the globe are asking crucial questions that will shape our future, including, whether free flow of data will persist, how to trust information we’re presented online and what we can do to protect our privacy rights.

Alongside the latest Oliver Wyman Forum research, Deborah helps make sense of the complex intersection between data, trust and the access to services we increasingly take for granted.

If you want to find out more about Deborah – you can connect with her on LinkedIn or visit www.oliverwyman.com.

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‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2021.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 17 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.

Discover more from our
She Talks Tech podcast

LISTEN HERE

Ada Lovelace Day: Tech’s most influential women share their views

Tuesday 12th October marks Ada Lovelace Day, an annual celebration championing the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Lovelace, who helped implement visionary insights on computing, leaves a lasting legacy of the importance of female diversity. Yet, despite her achievements, there were one million women in STEM roles in 2020, equating to only 24% of the STEM workforce.

With a cross parliamentary report concluding that bringing women into the STEM workforce is an “economic imperative”, what more can be done to ensure women are encouraged into these fields? Some of the most influential women in the tech sector share their thoughts.

Early encouragement is key

Sofia Ceppi SecondmindThough she lived two centuries ago, much of the modern tech sector can learn from Lovelace’s legacy. According to Sofia Ceppi, Research Integration Lead at Secondmind, her work reminds us we should, “Not see the STEM world as one just for men… women must be shown the possibilities for them in STEM without bias. Ada’s mother was a mathematician and encouraged Ada to pursue the subject herself. We must remove the imposition of biases that can happen from an early age, so that all girls – and everybody for that matter – do not see the STEM world as one just for men.”

Daniela Da CruzTackling the gender imbalance at its roots is vital, says Daniela da Cruz, Head of Engineering of SAST and Engines at Checkmarx, “Engage girls from a young age, and develop their sense of STEM identity. Positive and early exposure will make the difference and lead us to a future where women in STEM is the norm.”

Learning from role models

Like Lovelace’s mother, da Cruz believes role models are the best way to open up the sector, “Young people are motivated by seeing those they admire in positions of power. Whether it’s their favourite sporting star, business person, or pop star, young girls need relatable role models whose footsteps they can follow in. At the moment, there just isn’t enough visibility of these women in the STEM field.”

Julie Lerman PluralsightThis was the case for Julie Lerman, Pluralsight Author and Software Coach: “I had an amazing role model growing up (my mother) and was raised with the belief that I could do whatever I wanted. It never occurred to me, even when consistently being one of the only women in the room, that I didn’t belong in tech. I want to share this attitude with anyone who is typically told or shown that they don’t belong in tech. There are many communities and businesses that are welcoming that have a healthy, diverse environment where you are seen and heard, where you are given opportunity to learn and grow.”

Rosie GallanczRosie Gallancz, Software Engineer at VMware Pivotal Labs, echoes this, “While I’ve been lucky to have opportunities and role models to help guide me along the way, that’s sadly by no means the case for all women and girls getting into engineering – and there’s certainly still lots of lip service to diversity and inclusion in the industry.”

“Additionally, in my earlier days in the industry, I found previous clients of mine tended to direct questions and presentations to the men in the room. I was lucky to have a strong mentor to put a stop to this behaviour and that has spurred me on to strive for working environments where gender has no bearing on ability to answer technical questions.”

Jen Rodvold Sopra SteriaWe can’t “forget the importance of role models,” voiced Jen Rodvold, Head of Digital Ethics & Tech for Good at Sopra Steria. She added that the thousands of women already working in STEM can also “help to inspire the next generation, showing that girls and women can thrive in these exciting careers.”

Embracing diverse skillsets and experiences 

Still, it was not just Lovelace’s technical intelligence which drove her. Ceppi believes her work proves “the value of different perspectives. Her love of poetry meant Ada embraced her intuition and imagination, using this to challenge assumptions and effectively apply science and mathematical concepts to problems.”

Susan FazelpoorInterestingly, Susan Fazelpoor, COO at Demand Science, argues, “While having an education in STEM can provide some incredible career paths, you do not need it to get involved in tech. This is something I don’t think many people fully realise; therefore, they don’t even try. To help change this perception, it is important that businesses fully communicate to both employees and prospective workers what they can offer and what skills these workers need to demonstrate if they want to secure these roles. Often just having that conversation can make a huge difference to a person’s career.”

“STEM skills can be taught to anyone,” echoed Clair Griffin, Projects Director at Vysiion, recalling her own untraditional route into tech, “Business’ need to expand their hiring reach beyond the usual candidates and take more risks. My first boss employed me as a software engineer even though I had no previous coding experience.”

Valuing broader skills and a wider range of backgrounds is ultimately vital in opening STEM up to women, continued Fazelpoor, “If we all take steps to encourage a diverse set of voices, we will be able to truly take advantage of all the exciting areas of technology that are being developed.

“As my father used to say, ‘there is nothing you can’t do, just be yourself’.”

Challenging stereotypes and changing culture

Nan Craig, Data Analyst at Faethm AI argues that “present-day underrepresentation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the issues facing women in the STEM industry,” with threats from automation meaning businesses should put reskilling women at the top of the agenda.

“Faethm data for example shows that in the ‘Professional, Scientific and Technical Services’ sector, women currently occupy over 70% of administrative roles, but 42.5% of the work these roles require is likely to be automated over the next 5 years. If we contrast this with the predicted rate of automation across the sector as a whole, which is quite low at 13%, then we get a strong indication that women in STEM are likely to be disproportionately affected by automation.”

Ursula Morgenstern CognizantAnother significant barrier to changing the STEM sector is how entrenched the gender imbalance is. According to Ursula Morgenstern, President, Global Growth Markets at Cognizant, better gender representation “requires a change in the organisation culture and the creation of a sense of belonging where women can become their best selves.”

She continues, “I truly believe that affinity groups are critical in building a diverse workforce and providing support beyond financial aids for childcare. For example, Cognizant’s Women Empowered group comprises approximately 1,142 members from across UK and Ireland and has been pivotal in breaking genders barriers.”

The pandemic brought to light the inequalities women face as part of the workforce, says Rodvold, “Despite gender parity advancements, women are still more likely to have a disproportionate responsibility for caring and domestic duties that make it harder for them to progress – or even stay – in work.”

Kate GregoryUltimately, the responsibility for culture change doesn’t lie with women, voiced Kate Gregory, Pluralsight Author and C++ Expert, “I tell young women today that if you find a horrible co-worker or a horrible employment environment, that’s not about you, it’s about them, and better workplaces and co-workers exist. Don’t let the bad ones push you out. Find a place with less bad ones. I know that’s hard work, but at least it’s possible. You don’t need to quit tech because of a horrible workplace. They are the ones who are not good enough; you’re terrific.”

The benefits for the whole industry

Kat Judd LucidWelcoming more women into the sector should be a business priority, according to Kat Judd, SVP People & Culture at Lucid, “Businesses have a great opportunity at the moment to help change the narrative around women in tech, and it is important they do not pass it up.” She adds, “The new hybrid way of working is a golden opportunity to encourage women to stay in roles, and help them reach those leadership positions that many may have felt were unattainable in the past.”

qlik-Poornima-Ramaswamy-970x550Developing fields like AI need women to succeed. “Since AI analyses patterns that are based on historical data,” notes Poornima Ramaswamy, Executive Vice President, Global Solutions and Partners at Qlik. “Models can be skewed if they lack demographic categories such as a balanced representation of female data. To avoid gender bias – or any bias, in fact – and develop inclusive solutions, we therefore need to make sure that not only the target audience of a solution is representative, but so, too, are the teams creating them.”

“Diversity brings different viewpoints and characteristics to the table, which is fundamental to achieving inclusive innovation and solutions.”

Roisin Wherry Grayce“There’s a growing digital skills gap in the country,” says Roisin Wherry, Internal IT & Innovation Manager at Grayce. “So it’s imperative that we encourage as many individuals as possible to follow their aspirations in the STEM sector – especially considering the diverse talent pool the UK has at its disposal.”


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Inspirational quotes: Ada Lovelace | The first computer programmer

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and writer, known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Lovelace was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.

As a result, Lovelace is regarded as one of the first computer programmers.

Today, marks Ada Lovelace Day - an annual event celebrated on the second Tuesday of October. The day began in 2009 with the aim of raising the profile of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and to create new role models for girls and women.

In honour of Ada Lovelace Day, WeAreTechWomen take a look at Lovelace's most inspiring quotes!


"That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show."

"If you can't give me poetry, can't you give me poetical science?"

"I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at..."

"Religion to me is science and science is religion."

"The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be."

"Your best and wisest refuge from all troubles is in your science."

"The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value."

"Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science."

"Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able to fully to appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious."

"As soon as I have got flying to perfection, I have got a scheme about a steam engine."


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Recommended Event: 18/10/2021-22/10/2021: TCG Virtual CodeGen Developer Challenge

TCG Virtual CodeGen Developer challenge

Trusted Computing Group is proud to announce our first ever TCG Virtual CodeGen Developer Challenge!

This week long event will ask developers to create a functional prototype built off a TCG standard. The challenge will provide an opportunity for brilliant talents to create their works with the help of TCG mentors, who will be virtually available throughout the event, while also experiencing the unforgettable thrill of coming together with peers who share the same passion for digital technology and innovation.

The theme of the challenge will be “Pervasive Security and Application of TCG standards in SW and HW development”. Participants will have the opportunity to create solutions that can make an impact for the security community as well as SW and HW developers seeking to integrate security into their platforms. The challenge is open to both teams and individuals, and whoever impress the judges most will be awarded. The event will be free and open to non-members as well as individuals from TCG member companies who have not had an active member login to the TCG technical Work Groups.

Registration deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021
The CodeGen Developer Challenge will run from October 18October 22, 2021.
All questions can be directed to [email protected].


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Looking to break into Financial Markets? Applications for Morgan Stanley’s Experienced Professionals program are now open

Morgan Stanley experience professionals programme

Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income and Equities divisions are pleased to announce the launch of a Sales & Trading Experienced Professionals Program designed to recruit and develop professionals with or without a background in Finance.

Diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a global organization and we are committed to creating and providing opportunities that enable our workforce to reflect diverse backgrounds and views.

We welcome highly motivated candidates with 3+ years of postgraduate work experience in a professional environment from a diverse range of industries, including but not limited to: Aerospace, Consulting, Energy, Engineering, Finance/Accounting, Government, Law, Life Sciences/Pharma, Insurance, Information Technology, Academic Research and Military/Defense.  In line with our diversity commitments, we strongly encourage applicants who self-identify as Black and/or female.

The program

The program begins in February 2022.  On joining, participants will complete at least six to eight weeks of formal orientation, training, and development.  You will also attend training and study sessions to prepare you for any required licensing and registration exams and will be provided with a wide range of resources and support including a dedicated program leader, mentor and buddy, and ongoing product-specific training and career management tools.

About sales and trading

Sales & Trading assess and manage risk, trade securities, manage relationships with clients, and structure and execute innovative transactions in both primary and secondary markets.

  • Sales: develop a client base by nurturing long-term relationships; create investment ideas; sell and cross-sell the firm’s products; and work directly with clients on behalf of the firm.
  • Trading: generate trading ideas and analysis and support all aspects of market-making trade execution.
  • Structuring: build computational models that help issuers and investors maximize returns while controlling risk.
  • Lending: use the Firm’s capital to help institutional clients finance their portfolios of bonds, loans, and other securities.
  • Strats: develop and deliver innovative trade ideas, models, and analytic systems to the trading desks.
  • Research: comprises talented analysts, strategists and economists whose research helps clients generate alpha.
  • Risk Management & COO: Risk Management act as first line of defense in protecting the firm; assisting the business with opportunities but acting within regulations and policy. The COO function oversees the implementation of business strategies, carries out operational functions and spearheads new business initiatives.

You will be offered a permanent role in one of the above areas depending on your skill set and interests.

Requirements

You must have at least three years of post-graduate experience and an interest in financial markets.  Applicants should have strong analytical skills, client and/or project management skills, excellent communication, genuine intellectual curiosity, and a strong work ethic.

Application process

In order to be considered, candidates must apply by October 10, 2021 at 23:59 GMT.  The selection process will conclude by the end of November.

Program location

The Program is based in Morgan Stanley’s London offices.  The health and safety of our employees is important to Morgan Stanley and with this in mind the firm has put in place a broad range of measures. We will take into consideration government guidelines and any other relevant factors to determine whether at the time part of the program ought to take place in a virtual environment at our discretion.

Diversity and inclusion at Morgan Stanley

Commit to Diversity and Inclusion is one of our core values at Morgan Stanley. We strive to build an organization that is diverse in experience and background, reflecting our standards of integrity and excellence.  A diverse, dynamic, and inclusive culture underlies the success of our company. It widens our perspective, helps our employees achieve their professional objectives and allows us to better serve our clients.

MORE ABOUT MORGAN STANLEY

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success.  Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence, and strong team ethic.  Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career – a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.