As part of celebrating SG Women 2021 & International Women Day 2022, AiSP will be organising the inaugural Ladies in Cyber Symposium for the female Youths that highlights 4 different topics on cybersecurity, including the importance of cybersecurity, and how women can play a role in it. We are expecting 160 Youths and professionals (Subject to COVID-19 restrictions) at the event.

AiSP’s Vice-President and Founder for AiSP Ladies in Cyber Initiative, Ms Sherin Y Lee shared, “What we’re trying to do here is not to highlight women because they are women. Rather, we’re trying to amplify the message that women can and have been doing great work in cybersecurity – and by providing tangible examples. From any roles such as building companies, products & services, to technology security design and operations, all the way to incident response and recovery for organisations. The other message we’re trying to get out there is that cybersecurity is more than programming. There are diverse roles available – come join us to learn more about what you can do by interfacing with industry professionals from diverse roles in this sector.”

The event will be held on 18 March 2022 in the afternoon at Life-Long Learning Institute. Stay tuned for the registration details. More details will be sent to the IHL POCs, APP POCs and students who are in our mailing list. Contact AiSP Secretariat for more information, if you wish to find out more.

How can you contribute?

You can contribute by being one of the sponsors of the symposium. The event’s sponsorship provides youths, especially female students, with a platform to know more about cybersecurity and its importance. Companies are also welcome to pledge their support.

Quotes from our Sponsors & Supporting Organisations:

“Gender diversity has been a topic of discussion across industries, especially in the technology sector. While a lot of progress has been made, especially in Southeast Asia, to increase the participation of women in the ICT sector a lot more needs to be done to make this truly successful. To me there are a couple of key factors that will play a role in that.
Firstly, companies must strive to cultivate a vibrant and diverse culture that affords all employees the opportunity, flexibility and autonomy to perform the best in their roles.
Second, the onus is on leaders to ensure that they create growth opportunities that contribute to the retention and upward movement of women. At Cisco, we have launched initiatives like Connected Women serve to empower and celebrate women at Cisco, bringing together employees across our global operations for mentoring and networking events to support their development and well-being.
Creating the right environment, having initiatives aimed at empowering career growth, coupled with support of leaders and policymakers will pave the way for a more gender diverse and inclusive future for our industry.

—Andy Lee, Managing Director, Singapore and Brunei, Cisco

“Female representation in cybersecurity is low across the globe, likely caused by a combination of erroneous image perception and insufficient awareness education.
A woman’s eye for details, their intuition and a different perspective could be vital in detecting insignificant flaws that could lead to a large system breach.
More women in cybersecurity need to happen to achieve a balanced, effective and encompassing approach for the industry.”

—Edwin Lee, Regional Director for ASEAN, Checkmarx

“The cybersecurity industry has diverse, exciting and meaningful career opportunities.
Initiatives like this symposium encourage more ladies to learn about, take up these opportunities and get to know others in this sector.
This is important as strong participation by women and men in cybersecurity is crucial to building a vibrant, cyber-safe smart nation for all.

—Selwyn Sean Scharnhorst, Director of Ecosystem Development Division, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

"The increase in female tech role models and events encourages more female youths to pursue their interest in cybersecurity. It is important to provide opportunities for young females to learn and experience what it's like as a female in the tech industry. We are thankful for the opportunity to provide the females in our community the chance to participate in this AiSP Ladies in Cyber Symposium."
—Yong Hui Ting, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cyber Youth Singapore

“Ensign InfoSecurity aims to encourage greater women representation in the cyber industry and to build a vibrant cybersecurity ecosystem. We are delighted to participate in this AiSP Ladies in Cyber Symposium, to help connect many aspiring female cyber talents with woman role models and to encourage more females to pursue a career in cybersecurity. ”
—Diana Tan, Executive Vice President, Corporate & Chief Legal Counsel, Ensign InfoSecurity

“At Responsible Cyber, we believe in gender equity. We ensure that we support the process of being fair to women and men. To do so, we support initiatives, strategies, and measures that compensate for women's historical and social disadvantages, especially in the cybersecurity industry. While the industry has only 20% of female professionals, an increase from last year as per ISC2 report, this is not enough. As a CEO, I favour measures like scholarships, sponsorships, and others events that provide women an opportunity to enter and evolve in the field .”
—Mikko Laaksonen, Chief Executive Officer & Technical Information Security Officer On Demand, Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd

“Trust yourself to pursue your passion and challenge the norm.
I see an abundance of opportunities for more women blazing the trail as innovators, engineers, and technologists.
I hope to continue supporting the efforts of celebrating accomplished women.
By sharing our success stories with young women, we can prove how cybersecurity careers can be amazingly rewarding for anyone with curiosity and passion.”

—Dr Vrizlynn Thing, Senior Vice President, Head, Cyber Security Strategic Technology Centre, ST Engineering

“We are honoured to be part of the AiSP Ladies in Cyber Symposium. This event is an opportunity to foster, recognize and celebrate diversity.
Diversity is vital for all cyber careers and business in general. Diverse lenses allow the industry to solve complex problems by bringing many experiences and perspectives to the table.
In the field of cybersecurity, women are highly underrepresented, and reports show that women account for only 10% of our workforce across the Asia-Pacific.
Events like the AiSP Ladies in Cyber Symposium shines a light on the importance of diversity and the incredible work of women in cyber. It provides a platform to celebrate diversity and as an industry work together to achieve gender parody.”

—Alvin Tan, Regional VP, ASEAN, Tanium

"At Trustwave, we proactively seek diversity and supports its importance with a Global Diversity Council.
It is important to build a more diverse, gender-balanced cyber team because, ultimately, it’s a diversity of thought and perspective that gives the balance, depth and insights to crack the problem.
Today, many female cybersecurity professionals are breaking barriers and setting new precedents, serving as examples for the women who will follow in their footsteps.
We are inspired and motivated by them, and we are proud to join AiSP Ladies in Cyber Symposium in making the rallying call to remove barriers that everyone can advance in a highly technical field of cybersecurity."

-Edwin Lim, General Manager, Asia, Trustwave, a Singtel company

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