Women4Cyber is an initiative that aims to help fill the gender gap of cybersecurity professionals in Europe. In pursuing this objective, our main goal is to encourage and promote the skilling, up-skilling, and re-skilling of girls and women towards cyber-security education and professions.
WORKSTREAM 1: Creating awareness, promoting best practices and visible Role Models
In the context of this workstream we launched the Role Model campaign, to showcase female role models in the cybersecurity field. The second part of this campaign is the “100 Women in Cybersecurity in Europe Book”. By showcasing and highlighting 100 women and their achievements, we also hope to inspire more women to join the field.Additionally, in collaboration with the European Commission's DG CNECT, we launched the Women4Cyber Registry of Experts in July 2020 to identify and showcase a European community of women professionals in the field of cybersecurity. The Women4Cyber Registry of Experts gathers women of different profiles and can serve as a reference point for expert groups, event organisers and media, as well as for collaboration and business opportunities. The Registry was endorsed by European Commission’s Executive Vice-President, Margrethe Vestager, Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Thierry Breton. Check out our announcement and the EU Reporter press release
WORKSTREAM 2: Promoting tailored training programs in cybersecurity
Get in touch if you are involved with in-company internships, traineeships, and mentoring programs, or if you want to organise job fairs or dedicated bootcamps to advertise about jobs in cybersecurity
WORKSTREAM 3: Enhancing the presence of women on the cybersecurity job market
Calling all HR representatives! Women4Cyber wants to work with you to better understand job market needs and current profiles of female job seekers in cybersecurity. We’ll also support you in fine-tuning job advertisements to reflect the needed skills & competencies for a particular position.
WORKSTREAM 4: Increasing the presence of women in cybersecurity Research & Innovation (R&I) and in the field of emerging technologies
Let’s make sure that young girls and women are represented in cybersecurity challenges across Europe. Women4Cyber will support the organisation of cyber challenges & exercises in the Member States and at EU level (incl. starting with young people well before the university level)
WORKSTREAM 5: Supporting and shaping policies at EU and national levels that are in line with Women4Cyber’s messages
Women4Cyber actively supports any gender-inclusive policy at EU or national level which reflects the principles of our initiative and promotes equality and employment growth.
Because we are aware that every cybersecurity ecosystem is different, we encourage the creation of W4C Chapters - local / national / pan-regional / international - that are able to actively implement the mission and strategies of the organisation.
As chapters are staffed with local experts, they are ideally placed to determine the priorities and approaches best suited to implement our mission in their area of action.