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Women in AppSec Program 2015 

Posted by Kerry Jo Richards

I am very excited about the Women in AppSec (WIA) program at the AppSec USA 2015 conference. This year, WIA is hosting a panel of speakers who will be talking about how to encourage gender diversity in information security. Additionally, WIA is sponsoring a series of Birds of a Feather sessions during the day on Thursday where anyone (you too!) can suggest meet-up topics in real-time at the conference.

As part of our panel, WIA was able to raise enough funds to bring two speakers based in India to the conference, Apoorva Giri and Shruthi Kamath, to discuss their organization, InfoSec Girls.

InfoSec Girls educates women about information security both at the community level and as a career option. Their kickoff event at C0c0n 2014 in Kochi, Kerala attracted 130 women and was the first event of it’s kind in the region.

Apoorva and Shruthi have spoken extensively on cybersecurity and women’s issues in India. Their efforts to bring awareness of cybersecurity to a wider audience has empowered women and girls to consider security careers as well as protect themselves online. They are also members of OWASP WIA. We can't thank our WIA sponsors enough for helping us fund their attendance.  

Also on our panel is Elissa Shevinsky, CEO of Jekudo Privacy Company; Co-Organizer of the SecretCon (a security & privacy conference in NYC); and editor of Lean Out, The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture. And our moderator is Astha Singhal, Senior Product Security Engineer at Salesforce. 

You don't have to be a woman to attend! Everyone is welcome and will learn more about how to support women in technology and advance security education.

Encouraging Diversity and Advancing Cybersecurity Education
Astha Singhal, Salesforce, Senior Product Security Engineer
Apoorva Giri, Security Analyst with iViZ Security (a Cigital company) and Founder of InfoSec Girls
Shruthi Kamath, Founder of InfosecGirls
Elissa Shevinsky, CEO, Jekudo Privacy Company 
Thursday, September 24 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room F

Even in male-dominated STEM fields, computer science and security careers stand out for having so few women. Join our panelists, the founders of InfoSec Girls, to discuss how they are advancing cybersecurity education in India while also encouraging women and girls to consider careers in the field. Then join the conversation and share your thoughts and suggestions on how to increase diversity in the security industry.

Birds of a feather

For those interested in networking with fellow attendees, WIA is sponsoring a series of Birds of a Feather (BOF) Sessions on Thursday between 10:00am and 3:30pm. Stop by the WIA room near the registration desk to suggest a topic or check the schedule for meet-ups that someone else has suggested. This is your chance to talk about the topics you care about — in real-time!

Birds of a Feather Networking Sessions, Hosted by the OWASP Women in AppSec Program
Thursday, September 24 • 10:00am - 3:30pm
WIA Room

Join WIA

A new member of the application security community, I learned about the WIA working group shortly after joining Aspect Consulting in April.  I joined a regular planning call and was pleased to volunteer on the program committee for the WIA group for the conference.

It's a great group to connect with other AppSec professionals. I encourage you to join us at AppSec USA and start participating today! Need more info? Check out the WIA wiki or contact me directly at kerry.richards at 

Topics: AppSec, AppSecUSA, Women in Technology