Adobe recently sponsored the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) conference in Pittsburgh. This is our fourth year sponsoring this important conference that encourages young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity. We also sent a delegation from our own security team to the conference to network and recruit for currently open positions on our security team. The conference presented a chance for students to understand the application of security in the professional world while professionals had a chance to be exposed to innovative research.
The conference sessions cover a broad spectrum of cybersecurity problems across industries. Sessions also range from introductory sessions around key trends and concepts to deeper dive sessions revealing solutions to key security problems. A key session was from the director of the Cylab Security & Privacy Institute at Carnegie-Mellon, Dr. Lorrie Cranor. Dr. Cranor actually hated computer science initially but became fascinated with security and privacy issues. This session was designed to encourage attendees to pursue cybersecurity careers even if they have no background in technology. There were also companion sessions with discussions among women who have put effort into changing technology workplace cultures to encourage more diversity.
There are also educational classes on oft used tools in the security space such as Splunk. One session attempted to explain common secure application design principles through the lens of the popular “Star Wars” franchise – a big hit with attendees. Some of the more interesting sessions discussed key security problems facing the medical device and autonomous vehicle industries, both very much in the news now. There were also sessions covering cybersecurity issues facing social justice causes, such as human trafficking.
Adobe is proud to continue to support the ongoing efforts of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) organization and conference in bringing more diversity to the security industry.
Technical Program Manager – Security