Who owns the (cyber) world: GIRLS!
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!
- 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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