26 Apr 2022

Cyber security event to talk on gender diversity and inclusion


An Aston University expert and founding group member of Ethnic Minority in Cyber (EMiC) is set to present a talk at a major cyber security event tomorrow, on Thursday 28 April.

The EMiC network's flagship symposium is supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and will take place at Edgbaston Park Hotel in Birmingham.

Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers looking at current and future initiatives aimed around increasing diversity in the cyber sector and will also be able to provide feedback into the initiative and policies going forward. The symposium will consist of a keynote speech, invited talks, panel sessions and round table workshops.

Dr Anitha Chinnaswamy from the Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Centre at Aston Business School will present a talk on gender diversity and inclusion in cyber and the outreach work of the Centre with schools to increase representation.

Simon Hepburn, CEO UK, Cyber Security Council is the keynote speaker.

The EMiC network, of which Aston University is a founding member, is a pilot network for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority cyber academia, professionals and businesses, with the long-term aim of significantly improving representation across the cyber sector.

Dr Anitha Chinnaswamy, lecturer in cyber security management at the CSI Centre at Aston Business School, said: “I am looking forward to speaking at such an important event about an ever-important topic in cyber.

“While there is a growing cyber security skills gap and high shortage in the UK cyber sector, a recent survey found that only 17 per cent of cyber professionals are from ethnic minority backgrounds across all cyber roles.

“The cyber sector remains relatively nondiverse in terms of gender. Just 16 per cent of the workforce across these firms is female, compared to 28 per cent in other UK digital sectors.

“Those filling senior roles, typically with six or more years of experience, are particularly nondiverse across a range of characteristics including gender, ethnicity, disability and neurodiversity.

“For example, just three per cent of senior roles are filled by women. ”

Aston University 's CSI centre, led by Professor Vladlena Benson, is the only female-led cyber security centre in the Midlands region and serves on the UK Cyber Security Council (UKCSC), alongside Simon Hepburn its CEO, to promote professionalism standards in cybersecurity.

To find out more about the event please visit the site here.