Women Cybersecurity Experts March on Capitol Hill to Fill Gender Gap

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Securing the Election Systems, Internet of Things, Financial Markets, State’s Power Grids

Second Annual EWF Cybersecurity Women On Capitol Hill Public/Private Symposium

Now is the time to support women’s leadership on Capitol Hill, now is the time to have women cybersecurity executives testify before Congress and now is the time to engage more women in the legislative process.

May 8th and 9th at the U.S. Capitol, over 200 Senior Women Cybersecurity Executives Share Technical Expertise with Congressional, Federal and State Policymakers by participating in the 2nd Annual “EWF Cybersecurity Women on Capitol Hill Public/Private Symposium,” hosted by the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy, (EWF).

On Capitol Hill, the EWF Cybersecurity Women on Capitol Hill Public/Privacy Symposium will increase women’s participation in the legislative process by introducing women technical leaders who have cybersecurity and privacy expertise with Congressional, Federal and State lawmakers to secure our nation’s critical infrastructure assets and election systems.

Engaging over 6,000 women, the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) is the largest member organization for women Cybersecrurity, IT Risk and Privacy professionals. Currently, only a small percentage of these women’s technical skills are being utilized by Congressional, Federal and State lawmakers.

CRS Cybersecurity Hearing Data on Women:
Recently, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) collected data on Congressional hearings related to cybersecurity conducted during the 112th through 115th Congresses showing out of 979 people who testified before Congressional Committees on Cybersecurity issues only 206 of them were women. EWF’s Founder and CEO, Joyce Brocaglia states, “With only 21% women testifying, clearly women cybersecurity subject matter experts are being underutilized. We aim to improve those percentages. Women play a tremendously important role in society and in the cybersecurity workforce and we should also play an equally important role in the development of cybersecurity legislation. For the past 16 years, the EWF has been engaging, developing and advancing women leaders in our field who possess the knowledge to solve complex cybersecurity and privacy issues. Now is the time to support women’s leadership on Capitol Hill, now is the time to have women cybersecurity executives testify before Congress and now is the time to engage more women in the legislative process.”

EWF Cybersecurity Women at Federal Agencies and National Governor’s Association: On May 8th EWF cybersecurity and privacy leading experts will be attending Federal Agency meetings at the U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission followed by a Google Fireside Chat with their VP of Public Policy, Susan Molinari, hosted by Venable, LLP’s Cybersecurity Coalition. In addition, one-hundred cybersecurity women will meet with the National Governors Association and hear from keynote Theresa Zielinski, CISO GE Power as well as State CIO’s and CISO’s on “Securing State Energy Grids” as well as a panel of experts discussing “Cybersecurity Threats and Public Policy."

EWF Cybersecurity Women at the U.S. Capitol – Congressional Auditorium & Atrium:
On May 9th, the EWF will host 125 of the most prominent cybersecurity women leaders in the U.S. Capitol Congressional Auditorium to participate in meetings with senior Congressional Committee staff from Armed Services, Finance, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Appropriations. Keynotes include Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy; Suzette Kent, Federal CIO, Office of U.S. Management and Budget and Jeanette Manfra, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. The EWF will present its annual Congressional Leadership Award to Leader Pelosi for her achievements in legislation and supporting the economic security and rights of women and families.

The EWF will be live streaming from Capitol Hill on May 9th from 10:00-11:45 am HERE. This live stream includes opening remarks by Joyce Brocaglia, Founder, EWF and CEO of Alta Associates, Keynote by Vice Admiral Jan Tighe’s and the “Radical Resiliency” panel featuring Angela Messer, Chief Transformation Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton (Moderator); Megan Brown, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP; Allison Drutchas, Counsel, Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors; Dr. Catherine Lotrionte, Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University and Stacy Mill, CISO, Spirit Aero Systems.

Women Cybersecurity Experts March on Capitol Hill to Fill Gender Gap:
Securing the election systems, Internet of Things, Financial Markets, State’s Power Grids
The “EWF Cybersecurity Women on Capitol Hill Public Private Symposium” seeks to raise awareness of the technical expertise of EWF members to serve as senior subject matter experts and resources for Members and Committee staff when drafting cybersecurity, risk and privacy legislation and preparing witness testimony for hearings on cybersecurity. In addition, the EWF technical cybersecurity experts will also be briefing state and federal agency leadership at the National Governor’s Association and the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Treasury. More information is available at http://www.ewf-usa.com/page/CapitolHillMay9

About the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy:
Founded in 2002, the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is the largest member organization dedicated to engaging, advancing and developing women leaders in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, Governance Risk & Compliance and Privacy. The EWF serves emerging leaders as well as the most prominent and influential women in our field by facilitating programs and events throughout the year, including a National Conference, regional meetings, leadership development and mentorship programs as well as interaction with global thought leaders through an online community. For more information, visit http://www.ewf-usa.com

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Melissa Rojas, Digital Marketing Specialist, Executive Women’s Forum
Email address: melissa@ewf-usa.com
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