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March 6th, 2014

Who owns the Cyber-World?

Who owns the (cyber) world: GIRLS!

female expert

Well, maybe not exactly (YET), but the female presence and expertise should not be underestimated! :)

I bet you heard of  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When the movie came out, we published a fun blog post about the main character, Lisbeth Salander, who was a problematic, but brilliant female hacker. In fact, in the cyberworld among gray and white hackers, those good ones who help to disclose security gaps, are filled with women, for example: Raven Adler, Gigabyte or  Joanna Rutkowska.

So let’s take a look on the cyberworld from the security perspective. Inspired by the following article, I figured out how many women are actually knowledgeable cyber security experts. Breaking stereotypes, like Adeanna Cooke, former Playboy model and hacker, women have broken into the geeky world that seems to be male dominated. Women are not only exploring different IT specializations, but exceeding as world class experts as white hackers, journalists, bloggers, speakers, consultants, virus analytic, developers,  all fighting cyber-crime. Strong, intelligent, all of them are great experts (and since we also love social media), we would like to recommend you to

Follow female security experts on Twitter

  • Erin Jacobs @SecBarbie
  • Charlie Osborne @ZDNetCharlie
  • Natalie Sambhi @SecurityScholar
  • Katie Moussouris @k8em0
  • Beth Pariseau @PariseauTT
  • Helena Edelson @helenaedelson
  • Aliya Sternstein @Aliya_NextGov
  • Kim Komando@kimkomando
  • Jennifer J. Minella @jjx
  • stacythayer @stacythayer
  • Mary Landesman @marylande
  • Patricia Rykiel @ComputerTweety

AVAST Software is also proud of its Ladies. You will find women across different departments of the company starting from the accounting , HR, support, sales, marketing.  But among us there are real security experts: Jana and Barbora, Analysts from the avast! Virus Lab; Alena, a developer focused on providing new technologies in the Virus Lab Systems;  and Jenefer from the Quality Assurance department, testing avast! solutions. All of them work as professionals in a very male environment delivering security solutions to the AVAST users.

We’ll be interviewing them in the next few days in celebration of International Women’s Day. Come back to the AVAST blog, and read about them. Meanwhile, say hello on Twitter to some of our great ladies!

AVAST ladies:

  • Alena V. @alenkacz (virus lab)
  • Deborah Salmi @deborahsalmi (social media)
  • Julia Szymanska @Dzulaya (social media)
  • Anna Shirokova @AnnaBandicoot (social media)
  • Marina Ziegler @Marina_Z (PR)
  • Caroline James @cazjames (PR)
  • Dominika Kalasova @DKalasova (PR)

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October 3rd, 2012

Avast supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This month we celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative designed to educate people that all of us have a role in protecting our digital lives. Cybersecurity is our business at Avast, but we realize that the internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility, which is the theme for October 2012′s NCSAM.

Avast Software is proud to be a champion along with other organizations, companies, and government agencies that support National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Avast! users, you are among the most tech savvy and conscientious of internet users. Please join with us wherever you are – at school, at work, in the community – to educate young people, train employees, and help raise community awareness for a safer digital society. We’ll post tips and interesting facts that we hope you will share along with a  recommendation for  avast! Antivirus protection.

You can follow simple steps to keep yourselves, your personal assets, and private information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cybersecurity during NCSAM and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about internet safety
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
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