Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

Cookeville, TN   |  https://www.wicys.org/

Mission

The WiCyS community is comprised of over 5.5K women, allies and advocates all with a strong mission and passion to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. The nonprofit organization makes opportunities for women in cybersecurity happen and does so through many different initiatives. With the support of 500 volunteers, 43 professional affiliates, and 157 student chapters, the WiCyS representation extends to 69 countries.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Lynn Dohm

Main address

370 S Lowe Ave Ste A-244

Cookeville, TN 38501 USA

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EIN

82-2750482

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the 2019 reports from (ISC)2 and Cybersecurity Ventures, women in the cybersecurity workforce make up roughly 20-24%. Although these statistics report progress for women in the cybersecurity, it clearly showcases the risk to inclusion and diversity efforts in the workforce and also a threat to the cybersecurity career pipeline. Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) makes opportunities for women in cybersecurity happen and does so through many different initiatives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Technical Conference

The annual conference started in 2014 with a National Science Foundation grant by Dr. Ambareen Siraj from Tennessee Tech University. In 9 years has received 5.5 million in industry support, had over 8,000 attendees, and issued over 4,000 student scholarships, faculty grants, and veteran fellowship awards. The 2023 conference is March 16-18 in Denver, Colorado. Typically the registration of the conference reaches full capacity in less than a day. The growth of the conference is strategic due to the fact that for every regular registrant, WiCyS issues a female cybersecurity scholarship to attend. Regardless of gender, WiCyS is the largest cybersecurity conference that ensures the equal representation of professionals and students. It’s anticipated that the 2023 conference will have 1,900 attendees.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Older adults
Young adults
Academics
Veterans

COVID-19 launched WiCyS into the virtual world of cybersecurity conferences. April 2020, WiCyS had a technical conference, all virtual. Over 1,200 attendees, 70 sponsored booths, 1,700 resumes, 22 presentations, 8 socials, 7 keynotes, 2 CTF live coaching sessions, and one career fair. The #WiCySv20 hashtag received a 8 million reach during the three day event.

Population(s) Served

This invite-only event is for top level conference sponsors and strategic partners. These cybersecurity experts gather to discuss high level solutions for women in the cybersecurity workforce such as advancement, inclusion, pipeline, and transitioning. Working groups meet monthly to develop a WiCyS best practice handbook and report finding during the WiCyS 2021 conference.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Young adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics
Veterans
Older adults
Young adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Women, LGBTQ people, Veterans, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are aiming to accomplish gender equality and creating a pipeline into the cybersecurity workforce.

We create opportunities for women in cybersecurity such as conference scholarships, fellowships, and awards; Professional Affiliates; Student Chapters; recruiting opportunities; Skill Development Training Programs; Veterans' Apprenticeship Program; mentor/mentee cohorts; member community portal; special interest groups, and more.

With over 25 strategic partners and over 120 conference sponsors, our key stakeholders are invested into the success of the WiCyS organization and the mission to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity.

COVID-19 member relief program started April 2020 and is ongoing

Started BIPOC Fellowship Award for WiCyS 2021

Hosted WiCyS Virtual 20 with over 1,200 attendees and 80+ exhibitors at career fair

Hosted WiCyS Leadership Summit with cybersecurity experts meeting monthly to discuss the advancement, inclusion, pipeline and transition of women in cybersecurity

WiCyS founder, Dr. Ambareen Siraj, received ABET Award for Diversity and Inclusion for “Leadership in establishing the WiCyS annual conference and the WiCyS initiative, which increased the participation of women in cybersecurity significantly.”

WiCyS founder, Dr. Ambareen Siraj, testified before Congress to provide input on “Developing the U.S. Cybersecurity Workforce” particularly diversity and inclusion.

WiCyS executive director, Lynn Dohm, awarded Top 100 in Cyber Defense Awards

Inteligenca awarded Nonprofit Ally of the Year to WiCyS

CISO Tinkerer’s Pitch-for-Charity event selected WiCyS as a nonprofit awardee

Unisys selected WiCyS as a nonprofit awardee at RSA

Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare donating 80% of conference funds to WiCyS BIPOC Fellowship Award (one of three nonprofits chosen)

Introduced WiCyS Racial Equity Committee as an integrated part of the organization

Launched WiCyS Mentor/Mentee Program with 707 mentees and 185 mentors

Started training programs that include the Security Training Scholarship (thanks to Google), AWS x WiCyS JAM Learning Series (thanks to AWS) and National Cyber League (thanks to Target)

Established the WiCyS Leadership Series: Speak. Listen. Community. with a mission to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity with equity, inclusion and allyship

Achieved global member growth in 69 countries

Welcomed 20 new professional affiliates and 25 new and renewed strategic partners to the WiCyS community

Transitioned to new member portal with special interest groups and networking

Received nearly $100,000 in charitable donations (not including strategic partnerships and conference sponsorships)

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Janell Straach

Rice University

Dr. Ambareen Siraj

Tennessee Tech University

Dr. Costis Toregas

George Washington University

Dr. Dawn Beyer

Lockheed Martin Space

Jenn Henley

Facebook

Prajakta Jagdale

Palo Alto Networks

Diana Kelley

SecurityCurve

Jay Koehler

Volunteer

Allison Miller

UnitedHealth Group/Optum

Noureen Njoroge

Nike, INC.

Dr. Greg Shannon

Carnegie Mellon University

Marian Merritt

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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