Women and BAME individuals disproportionally affected by cybercrime

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Women and BAME individuals disproportionally affected by cybercrime, according to new research.

The ‘Demographics of Cybercrime’ report, conducted by Malwarebytes, a global leader in real-time cyberprotection, and US-based non-profit partners, Digitunity and Cybercrime Support Network, found that uncovered that certain demographic groups are disproportionally impacted by cybercrime.

The report, which polled more than 5,000 people across the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, details how consumers experience cybercrime worldwide, demonstrating cybercrime does not impact everyone equally. In fact, the report illustrates that demographics impact how often individuals are targeted, as well as their emotional response to becoming a victim.

Overall analysis of data suggests disadvantaged groups facing barriers in society feel less safe about their online experiences, are more likely to fall victim to an attack, and at times report experiencing a heavier emotional burden when responding to cyberattacks.

Depending on the type of cybercrime, certain groups report a higher likelihood of encountering threats online. For example, more women receive text messages from unknown numbers that include potentially malicious links than men – 79 per  cent compared to 73 per cent – and more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) respondents experienced hacked social media accounts – 45 per cent compared to 40 per cent – and instances of identity theft than White people – 21 per cent compared to 15 per cent. Additionally, the survey found that the likelihood of having one’s credit card data stolen increased in line with age, with those aged 65+ more impacted than any other age group.

Speaking of the findings, Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes said, “Understanding the impact that cybercrime has on vulnerable people (or populations), particularly women and minorities, across the world is critical as online access becomes essential to modern life.”

“The disparity between populations feeling safe online and the emotional impact of threats on already vulnerable communities is unacceptable.”

“The work Digitunity and Cybercrime Support Network are doing to educate and empower communities cannot be understated.”

“As an industry, we need to work together to make safe internet access available to everyone, regardless of income or their ability to pay.”


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International Women's Day 2021: It's not just for women

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In the fight for equality, more men should be involved in the conversation. After all, they are half of the equation.

International Women’s Day is the perfect time for you to start championing the women in your life and joining the fight for gender equality.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Below you can discover how men are helping promote, celebrate and champion women – not just on International Women’s Day, but every day:

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Last chance to nominate an outstanding woman for a Rising Star 2021 award

Now in their seventh year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

The Rising Star Awards are now open for nominations across 20 job sectors, in addition to a Rising Star Champion Award, a Company of the Year Award, Men for Gender Balance and new for this year, our Global Award for Achievement to showcase individuals and companies who promote gender equality in the workplace.

Nominations close on 08 March at 23.59.

One Tech World featuredPurchase a ticket for a female team member to attend WeAreTechWomen's One Tech World Conference on 11-13 May 2021

We have been hosting our women in tech conference for over five years. In fact, we have welcomed over 5,000 diverse women through our doors since 2015. We are not a large media company, we are a passionate organisation that has been championing women in tech for the past 13 years. To us, it’s personal. 17% of women in the industry is not just not enough, it needs to change. For this change to happen, it starts by showing existing women in the industry and those who want to transition in, what that world of future tech really looks like. It also involves encouraging women from all backgrounds to consider tech careers, so that we can build products and systems that are truly inclusive. Our conference will not solve these problems overnight, or even scratch the surface on the journey we need to go on for gender parity in the industry, however it will provide an opportunity for attending to learn about what is innovating and disrupting the industry globally. This will enable them to have a broader understanding of the tech landscape and to think about how they adapt their skill sets and grow their networks for the future.

This year, we are going to be bringing you the very best global virtual learning experience on a state-of-the-art conferencing platform. Our conference will provide ample opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and what is innovating and disrupting the industry. We are blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who will be joining us to share their wisdom and knowledge. We will deliver innovative sessions on over 50 different areas of tech, with a side order of career development, fireside chats and ample networking opportunities, both on the day and through our global virtual networking world.

Purchase before 31st March and get the early bird discount

Discover our latest HeForShe interviews

#HeForSheRead our latest interviews with senior men championing women in the workplace and fighting for gender equality.

WeAreTheCity is in support of the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign and agree with the goal of having more men and boys engaged with women’s rights as part of the gender equality debate.

We are talking to male supporters to showcase the changes they are implementing, within their businesses, in the hope that others will follow suit.

Acknowledge your unconscious bias

scan-of-a-brain-featuredUnconscious biasness or implicit bias occurs subconsciously, it’s a series of judgements that assess people we encounter in life. Whether that be in the workplace or in the public. Many of us are not even aware of our subconscious views and how they affect the way we treat others around us. The impacts and implications for both the victim and the bias party is not always obvious. The judgements are based on background, social stereotypes, cultural identity and even our own personal experiences.

In terms of the workplace, research has found that unconscious bias impacts certain areas more heavily, such as; recruitment interviews and selection, career progression and performance expectations. CV shortlisting can be used to highlight workplace bias in terms of gender inequality. A study of science (Moss-Racusin et al 2012) faculties had a team of staff review a number of applications – the applications were all identical, apart from the gender and name of the applicant.

Discover more about bias, acknowledging it and how to change below:

Mentor a woman within your organisation

female mentors and role modelsMentoring is something that women are requesting more and more and men need to get increasingly involved.

Mentors are incredibly valuable – both to individuals and organisations. They help navigate career paths, give individual’s skills and confidence to succeed, and also facilitate the gathering and sharing of experiences and ideas.

Mentors also play an important role in helping develop and nurture diversity in the workforce, helping to instil confidence among women and minority employees and championing the important role that these individuals’ play.

Discover how to become a mentor and how to get the most from mentoring below:


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Women, Technology and Relationships - Three Key Ingredients For Success

Claudia Cavalluzzo, Director, Converge

desk-with-laptopI recently had the pleasure of hosting Lesley Eccles at ‘Inside Innovation’, our new virtual event that showcased some of the most ambitious new and future emerging technologies from Scotland’s Universities.

Many may know Lesley as one of the co-founders of FanDuel, a Scottish born multi billion company (Scotland’s first ‘unicorn’ I believe) operating in the fantasy sport market in the United States. Its story is well known, and it has now been collated by the author Albert Chen in a book called ‘The billion-dollar fantasy’. Lesley, in her interview on the virtual Converge couch, admitted that the journey with FanDuel has not been an easy one but if there is one thing she has learned during the trials and tribulations that led Fanduel’s success, is that relationships are key. In fact, she has recently launched Relish, the world’s first personal trainer app for relationships.

Relationships, in their purest nature, are based on trust. They can make or break a company. Attitude over skills, emotional intelligence over technical abilities. But let’s not forget the relationships that make you function as a human being, like the ones with your partner or friends. Relationships shape who we are and how we behave. They provide that sanity check we need when we can’t think about anything else but our business.

Life is busy, even more so if you are an entrepreneur.  The health of your relationship with your life partner can easily get pushed down the ‘to do’ list or even be left running in the background, like a programme that automatically launches when you switch on your laptop.

The life of a start-up can be so fast-paced and intense, it can absorb people completely. I have seen many entrepreneurs over the years being so entangled with their new business at the expense of their personal life and relationships.

I have the privilege of working with some of the most exciting innovative business that emerge from Scotland’s Universities. A prime example is Elasmogen, a biopharmaceutical spin-out company developing the next-generation of products for the sight-saving treatment of inflammatory diseases of the eye and inflammatory conditions of the gut.  Elasmogen’s founder and CEO, Caroline Barelle, began her entrepreneurial journey after being made redundant from a large pharmaceutical company.

In 2015, she secured the runner-up prize in the Converge Challenge and hasn’t looked back. Under her stewardship, Elasmogen has grown leaps and bounds and was named by Labioutech.eu as one of the top ten biotechs in Scotland. Caroline has also received numerous accolades including the Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship. A fine example of an exceptional female technology innovator and entrepreneur.

Caroline understands the importance of valuing the team and believes that the right work culture is instrumental to the growth and expansion of her company.

It just goes to show that Women, Technology and relationship are a recipe for success.

Of the hundreds of new technologies, we see every year, many of them are led by aspiring female entrepreneurs. Last year, the Converge programme achieved gender balance, both in terms of cohort composition and prize winners. This year we have seen a drop in these figures, probably due to the unfair impact of the pandemic on women, as highlighted by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, which is the rational behind their newly launched Women’s Business Centre.

The key message is not that lack of female entrepreneurs is unfair (which it is) but it’s that it’s bad for the economy and society.

With more ‘Carolines and Lesleys’, the world is a richer place, both in terms of profit and culture.

Once again, Lesley Eccles is paving the way.  She has seized the opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. Lesley, Caroline and the many female entrepreneurs I see come through Converge every year are all making their marks in the sand, they inspire me every day and give us all a glimpse of hope for a fairer and more prosperous future.

Claudia Cavalluzzo, Director, ConvergeAbout the author

Claudia Cavalluzzo is Director of Converge – the only programme of its kind that brings together academic entrepreneurs from every university in Scotland. Its mission is to empower people to take their future into their own hands. This is done  by providing intensive business training – tailored to academic entrepreneurs – a dynamic and supportive network and one to one guidance for staff, students and graduates. More details at www.convergechallenge.com