WISP - Cybersecurity and Hacking Fun in Las Vegas - Black Hat USA & DEF CON 24

By Debra J. Farber, Women in Security & Privacy

Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) had great fun attending Black Hat USA 2016, and DEF CON 24, where we had the opportunity to promote diversity, announce our Founding Sponsors and new initiatives, drive awareness of our mission, add to our community, and fund raise. Read more.



Hacker Jeopardy: When manhood is the question at DEF CON

By Laura Hautala, C|NET

DEF CON is one of the world's premier hacking conferences, yet few women attend. Complaints about sexist behavior offer a window into the culture its organizers downplay as harmless fun. Read More

The privacy industry has managed to stay gender-equal — will it last?

By Olga Mack & Lourdes Turrecha, VentureBeat

The relatively new privacy industry has so far been immune to the gender bias that permeates many other fields, according to data from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). While sexism continues to be a problem across many related professions - consider the lack of women on boards, the sexist courtroom dialog, and Silicon Valley’s gender bias - the privacy field appears to be a rare beacon of gender equity. Read more






Things Are Looking Up for Women at DEFCON, But Problems Still Linger

By Cynthia Brumfield, <Meta>curity

(Las Vegas, NV) The annual gathering of the world’s top hackers, DEF CON, was a double-sided coin when it came to gender issues at the majority male event. At its best, this year’s DEF CON attracted more women, and more women appeared as contestants at DEF CON or DEF CON-related challenges, than ever before, according to many attendees. Jennifer Steffens, CEO of cybersecurity solutions provider IOActive, said that this year’s DEF CON was “one of the most inclusive events” for women she has attended in her many years of attendance. “Even men are calling it out.” Read more


Equal Respect: Removing Roadblocks to Diversity in Infosec

By Selena Templeton, IT Security Planet

Women make up just 10% of the infosec workforce, and of those, 3% are African-American women and 1% are Latina women. In this WISP and Equal Respect panel about the continued lack of diversity in the infosec and technology space, these five women discussed their own experiences and offered insight about attracting more women to this field. Read more

Announcing the Equal Respect Speakers' Bureau

By Fatima Khan, Women in Security and Privacy

Equal Respect and WISP are proud to partner together to launch the Equal Respect Speakers Bureau. This joint initiative seeks to foster diversity for professional conferences in the security and privacy fields. Sign up as a potential speaker or to request a speaker for your upcoming event. Read more






Vera is a Proud Founding Sponsor of WISP

By Grant Shirk, Vera

Today, we are proud to be one of the founding corporate sponsors of WISP, or Women in Security and Privacy. We met Elena Elkina, Vice Chair of WISP, and her team a few months ago at a security event in Texas, and we were instantly drawn to their dedication, insight, and unique approach. Read more

Announcing WISP's Founding Sponsors

By Kenesa Ahmad, Women in Security and Privacy

We are pleased to announce Women in Security and Privacy’s (WISP) Founding Corporate Sponsors. Founding Sponsors are companies who collectively support WISP’s mission to promote the development, advancement, and inclusion of women in the information security and privacy fields. Read more






I Took One of San Francisco’s “Weirdest” Classes, Lockpicking for Ladies

By Sarah Miller, The Bold Italic

Kristin Parke knows not to play with handcuffs unless she has a key within easy reach. Kristin, a security consultant and alumna of Hackbright Academy (a software-engineering school for women), was one of 60 women to attend a lockpicking workshop in San Francisco put on by Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). In addition to Kristin, a white-hat hacker and penetration tester by day, I met law students, professionals and techies while learning about delay mechanisms and lock design at the one-day workshop that SFGate dubbed one of the weirdest classes in the Bay Area. Read more








Security Innovation Partners with Women in Security and Privacy for a Night of Fun & Education

By Security Innovation

Security Innovation became a proud sponsor of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives that promotes the development, advancement, and inclusion of women in the Security and Privacy industry. To officially launch the sponsorship, Security Innovation ran their CMD+CTRL Web Hackathon, a fun and interactive "find the vulnerabilities" game that teaches the importance of effective website security and secure coding habits at last week’s WISP event. Read more

From 7 to 700

By Kenesa Ahmad, Women in Security and Privacy

WISP’s seven founders first convened in 2014 to further a shared mission – promoting the development, advancement, and inclusion of women in the information security and privacy fields. In two short years, with the dedicated support of our membership community, WISP now has over 700 members nationwide. We’re excited by this growth and the potential it holds for WISP’s future. 

As WISP Project Director, I’m proud to announce another critical milestone. WISP has achieved official status as a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, an SF Bay Area 501(c)(3). With our new non-profit status, WISP can now expand its current fundraising activities and membership offerings. Read more



Twitter Profiles for 14 Groups Supporting Women in Technology and Cybersecurity

By IT Security Planet

In today’s world of technology and cybersecurity, teams of professionals face mind-blowing security challenges and must be on their “A” game at all times. The Twittersphere is full of female InfoSec and cybersecurity experts sharing their thoughts, research and news on a wide range of topics: vulnerabilities, viruses, malware, application security, DevOps, data breaches, privacy, bug bounties, responsible disclosure, threat intelligence, privacy and more.

If you are looking for a new exciting role, an expert who is sharing intel, or perhaps are someone who wants to learn and connect with others in this field, then this is the list for you. We have compiled a list of the top 14 Twitter pages based on their follower numbers, starting with the highest. Read more





Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Security and Privacy


You’re invited to attend the next Women in Security and Privacy group meet-up where a panel will discuss, “Security Meets Privacy” – a discussion on the intersection of information security and privacy. Read more

Women In Security & Privacy Event Packs TRUSTe Office


On Oct. 28, a large group of privacy and security professionals — from lawyers to engineers to program managers — gathered for the “Women in Security & Privacy Networking Kickoff” event at the TRUSTe offices in San Francisco. Read more