Equality Committee & Information Security Panel: Busting Cyber Stereotype

12th June 2024 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm • Information Technologists' Hall

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The Equality Committee and Information Security Panel invite you to their joint Event: Busting Cyber Stereotypes on Wednesday 12 June, beginning at 5.30pm at the Information Technologists’ Hall.

We would like to encourage all members to join us and invite colleagues to this EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) event with a view to expanding WCIT membership in a more diverse way.

Building on the International Women’s Day theme in March 2024 of “Inspiring Inclusion”, this event which is the next in the Busting Stereotypes series, will give the floor to a wide range of Cyber Security voices, who have grappled with this challenge in their careers and lives, on how we can make the Cyber industry truly accessible, from schools and colleges to the workplace and beyond.

The event will aim to draw up key recommendations on how we can overcome myths and bust stereotypes in the industry, and how we can ensure that a variety of voices, perspectives, experiences, and skills are given full and equal weight across the sector. We believe that addressing this for all participants is only part of the effort needed to truly “Inspire Inclusion”.

The Cyber Security industry needs to reflect its audience and clientele as well as those they are fighting against therefore the need to be diverse has never been more important in order to understand different viewpoints in all its forms than it is today.

Did you know:

• Women comprised only 17% of Fortune 500 CISOs positions in 2021, according to a report from the Accenture Cybersecurity Forum Women’s Council ?

• Overall, over a fifth (22%) of the Cyber industry say in 2021 they have experienced discrimination in the last year, up from one in six (16%) in 2020 according to the NCSC / KPMG report ‘Decrypting Diversity’?

• The same report found that out of 1,252 surveyed cyber professionals, only 15% identified as part of a minority ethnic group, mirroring the broader UK demographics. Additionally, 23% of Black respondents reported experiencing discrimination incidents.

The statistics above are just a snapshot of the challenge across the Cyber Security industry and wider technology sector. We look forward to welcoming you at this event which will provide the opportunity to discuss the issues around stereotyping.


Liveryman Prof Victoria BainesProfessor of IT, Gresham College

Victoria Baines is Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College, London’s oldest higher education institution, where she is responsible for delivering public lectures that demystify world-changing technologies. Her areas of research include digital ethics, cybersecurity, and the misuse of emerging technologies. She also provides research expertise to several international organisations. For several years, she was Facebook’s Trust & Safety Manager for EMEA. Prior to this, she led the Strategy team at the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), where she was responsible for the EU’s cyber threat analysis and horizon scanning. Victoria chairs WCIT’s Information Security Panel and is Deputy Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Initiative on Ethical AI.



Freeman Giles Otomewo MSc. Incident Response Lead Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigations

Giles Otomewo is a Digital Forensic, Incident Response, and IT Professional with over 20 years of experience. He holds NATO Secret Security Clearance and has previously worked with the City of London Police and Rio Tinto providing Cyber Security consultancy, eDiscovery, Incident Response support, and conducting expert witness defence case analysis. Currently, Giles is a Technical Lead and Senior Engineer for a global cyber security company. He designs and implements enterprise security capabilities, including prevention, detection, and incident response. Giles serves as an Ambassador with The Cyber Helpline, a not-for-profit organisation that connects volunteer IT and cyber security experts with individuals who are victims of a cybercrime or privacy issue.


Dr Alexi Drew.FRSA MBCS Technology Policy Advisor ICRC

Alexi Drew is a Technology Policy Adviser at the ICRC based in London. She has previously held positions at RAND, The Policy Institute

(King’s College London), the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s, and the Global Network on Extremism and Technology

(GNET). Her work focuses upon emerging technologies, the international norms surrounding them, and their impact upon international relations and geopolitics. Alexi is a member of the Women in International Security (WIIS) UK Chapter’s Leadership team and also a mentor for Girl Security. She has a specific interest in information operations, platform governance, arms control, algorithmic power, cyber security, and artificial intelligence. She blames her career path on too much Star Trek while growing up.


Ms Lisa Ventura MBE. Founder & Author Cyber Security Unity

Lisa is an award-winning cyber security awareness and culture specialist, keynote speaker and author. She founded Cyber Security Unity (formerly the UK Cyber Security Association), a global community membership organisation that is dedicated to bringing individuals and companies together who actively work in cyber security to help combat the growing cyber threat. She works closely closely with cyber security leadership teams to help them collaborate effectively, and provides cyber security awareness and culture training. Most recently she worked with Pinsent Masons Solicitors various aspects of their global cyber security awareness programme which comprised of cyber escape rooms, phishing email simulation exercises and carefully curated internal communications to promote good cyber hygiene to help prevent cyber-attacks.


Mr Mahbubul Islam CSyP FSyI. Deputy Chair, The Security Institute

Islam is the CISO at HM Courts & Tribunal Services and recently appointed the Deputy Chair of the Security Institue. He is one of only 200 validated and registered Chartered Security Professionals

(CSyPs). He has previously served on the Board of Directors and has also been the Institute’s strategic lead for cyber and convergence. Islam has played a major role in establishing and developing the Cyber and Convergence Special Interest Group which has delivered a number of successful learning events as well as publishing quarterly Cyber Insights.

Further, Islam represents the Institute within the Cyber Alliance, a collective of organisations that was awarded the UK Government contract to develop and deliver the UK Cyber Security Council, a priority programme of the UK National Cyber Security Strategy.



17:30 Arrival & Refreshments

18:00 Introduction

18:15 Panel talk and Q&A

19:30 Master’s closing speech over drinks

20:00 Buffet Snacks and drinks

Cost £20 (inc vat).

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