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Initiative to Tackle Gender Diversity in Cyber Security Convenes First Meeting in Edinburgh

The “Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security” initiative officially launches its Autumn cohort this week, with the first members of the programme, designed to tackle gender diversity in cyber security, meeting in person for the first time in Edinburgh.

The initiative, which launched its call for applications over the summer and is delivered by leadership coaching consultants Empowering-You, with the support of industry body ScotlandIS, The Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate and the Scottish Digital Academy, aims to build a collaborative and powerful community of emerging women leaders in cyber security and information management/assurance roles across all industry sectors.

The 3-month Programme is free of charge to participants, with funding provided from industry partners including Adarma, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and NCC Group.

The group is gathering in central Edinburgh for an intensive two-day group session over the 23rd – 24th of September,  providing them with the opportunity to meet their fellow participants and get to grips with the “Challenges” that have been identified for the cohort to tackle as part of the Programme. The first day of the session will also include a presentation from guest speaker Yvonne Harley, NCC Group’s Global Director of Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, who will be providing some first-hand perspectives on her own personal leadership journey.

Commenting on NCC Group’s support for the Programme, Ms Harley said, “Our mission is to make the world safer and more secure, and we want to invest in developing current and future talent that is fully representative of the society we are protecting. Programmes like this are critical initiatives in achieving these goals and we’re proud to be supporting the development of women into future cyber leadership roles.”

The Autumn cohort is due to run from September to November, with a joint graduation and Challenge presentation scheduled for early December. For more details on the programme and stay informed on developments for future cohorts, go to the website.

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