March 4, 2016 covenant

Women in Security: Building for the Future

It’s no secret that the information security profession is lacking female minds. In fact, the 2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Studies study shows that women represent only 10% of the industry. Awareness is certainly improving, as evidenced by a recent increase in women-focused professional events. Yet, as the (ISC)2 studies have shown, the proportion of women to men has been stubbornly stagnant. The number of women in information security employment is growing, but only at the rate of growth equal to that of the profession as a whole. But what else can we do to improve momentum to ensure future success? Learn why networking, knowledge sharing and investing in the next generation are key to building a future for women in security, while also strengthening the industry as a whole.

Presenter: Ms Marci McCarthy:

Currently the CEO and President of Tech Exec Networks, Inc. (T.E.N.), an award winning technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. As founder of the organization, she is responsible for driving the strategic direction of this widely respected, privately held company, remaining deeply engaged with a vast network of IT and information security professionals and solution providers.  

Ms. McCarthy has more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, McCarthy launched ISE® Talent, a T.E.N. Company, which provides exclusive information security leadership talent management solutions.

Under McCarthy’s direction, T.E.N. has won numerous awards for offering programs that fulfill the need for security professionals to be recognized by their peers and exchange valuable information. In 2011, T.E.N. was an AMA Amy Awards finalist for its event marketing achievements. As a winner of the TAG 2010 Excalibur Award, T.E.N. was lauded for using technology to excel in their industry. That same year the company was announced as a finalist for the TechAmerica Spirit of Endeavor Awards, recognizing its leadership in technology education. In 2013, T.E.N. was once again named a finalist for the TAG Excalibur Awards.

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