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Women in cybersecurity: Celebrating the contributions of Antigua and Barbudan professionals

Cybersecurity is a field that has traditionally been male-dominated, but in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of women entering the profession. Antigua and Barbuda is no exception, with many talented women contributing to the country’s cybersecurity landscape.

One of the most prominent Antiguan women in cybersecurity is Elisa Thomas. She is the Chief Information Officer at the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s cybersecurity efforts. Thomas has been recognized for her contributions to the field, receiving the 2020 Women in ICT Award from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Another notable Antiguan woman in cybersecurity is Dr. Joycelin Massiah. She is the Deputy Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards and has been instrumental in developing the country’s national cybersecurity strategy. Dr. Massiah is also an advocate for increasing the participation of women in STEM fields, including cybersecurity.

Other Antiguan women in cybersecurity include Shanique Kelly, who works as a cybersecurity analyst at APUA, and Charissa Baptiste, who is the IT Manager at the Antigua Commercial Bank.

Despite the significant contributions of women to Antigua and Barbuda’s cybersecurity landscape, there is still much work to be done to increase diversity and inclusivity in the field. One way to achieve this is by encouraging more young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity. This can be accomplished through mentorship programs, internships, and scholarships that are specifically targeted at women.

Another way to promote diversity in cybersecurity is by creating a culture that values different perspectives and experiences. This can be accomplished by establishing diversity and inclusion initiatives within organizations and encouraging open dialogue about diversity issues.

In addition to promoting diversity and inclusivity, it is essential to recognize the unique challenges that women may face in the cybersecurity field. For example, women may be more likely to experience imposter syndrome, which can lead to a lack of confidence and decreased job satisfaction. Employers can address this issue by providing opportunities for women to receive mentorship and professional development.

In conclusion, Antigua and Barbuda is fortunate to have many talented women working in the cybersecurity field. By promoting diversity and inclusivity, encouraging young women to pursue careers in the field, and providing support for women to overcome unique challenges, we can ensure that the cybersecurity workforce in Antigua and Barbuda continues to thrive.

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