Quorum Cyber, the Edinburgh HQ’d, award-winning cyber security services provider, is the latest in a number of sector leaders to join the “Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security” initiative as an industry partner.
The initiative, supported by ScotlandIS, The Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate and the Scottish Digital Academy, is running its Spring cohort for aspiring female cyber leaders from March – May, following a successful launch program last year. The cross-sector initiative has been designed to support the creation of an empowered and empowering community of emerging women leaders in cyber security roles across Scotland, helping to address the long-standing lack of gender diversity within one of Scotland’s most critical and fastest growing sectors.
The three-month programme, consisting of a combination of virtual and in-person group workshops and one-to-one sessions, is free of charge to participants and welcomes applicants from across the public, private and third sectors. Previous cohorts have included cyber security and information governance/assurance professionals from central and local government, financial services, cyber security firms, telcos, health bodies, academia and not for profits.
The Spring cohort will again welcome 20-24 early-mid career aspiring leaders, selected via an open application process by a Programme Panel including Ciara Mitchell, Head of Cyber Security at ScotlandIS, The Scottish Government’s Lead for Talent Attraction & Capability in the Digital Profession, Roz Britton and Clare el Azebbi, Head of Cyber Resilience Policy at The Scottish Government. The deadline for applications to the latest cohort is the 11th of February.
Commenting on why Quorum Cyber had taken the decision to support the “Empowering…” Initiative, their Head of Engineering Kerry Finlayson said, “Quorum Cyber are delighted to be involved with Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security in Scotland. Having the opportunity to engage with women across all industries to help drive forward the growth and acceleration of Cyber Security in Scotland is extremely exciting. We are honoured to be a part of an initiative that will encourage, guide, and provide the great female talent in the industry with the tools to be successful.”
Ms Finlayson will join the Programme Panel as part of Quorum Cyber’s partnership with the initiative and help to advise on the make-up of the cohort, as well as the “challenges” that the group will face as part of their project work.
The deadline for applications to the free programme is the 11th of February and further details, including application information can be found at https://www.empowering-you.co.uk/ewlcs-spring-2022