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Women in cybersecurity: Celebrating the contributions of Irelandn professionals

Women are making significant contributions to the cybersecurity field in Ireland, yet they are still underrepresented in this critical industry. According to recent statistics, only 24% of the cybersecurity workforce in Ireland is female. Despite this gender gap, women are increasingly taking on influential roles in this essential sector.

To celebrate the contributions of women in cybersecurity and encourage more diversity in the field, it is essential to highlight the women who are making a significant impact in Ireland.

One of the most influential women in Ireland’s cybersecurity industry is Nicola Byrne, the CEO, and founder of Cloud90. Byrne has been at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry for over a decade and has been recognized for her contributions by numerous organizations, including the Women’s Executive Network, which awarded her the title of Ireland’s Most Powerful Woman in Technology in 2017.

Another prominent woman in Ireland’s cybersecurity industry is Mairead Mulligan, the Director of Cybersecurity Operations at PwC Ireland. Mulligan is responsible for developing and implementing cybersecurity strategies for PwC clients across all sectors. She is a member of the cybersecurity group of the Institute of Directors and is frequently invited to speak at cybersecurity events in Ireland and around the world.

Dr. Sandra Scott-Hayward is another prominent woman in Ireland’s cybersecurity industry. Dr. Scott-Hayward is an Associate Professor of Information Security at Queen’s University Belfast and is a leading researcher in the field of cybersecurity. She is also the Director of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), a world-leading cybersecurity research institute.

In addition to these trailblazing women, there are many other women who are making significant contributions to Ireland’s cybersecurity landscape. Women such as Dr. Siobhan Clarke, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, and Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft Ireland, are helping to lead the way in securing Ireland’s digital future.

Despite the significant contributions of women in cybersecurity, there is still a significant gender gap in the industry. It is essential to address this gap to ensure that the industry continues to grow and thrive. There are several initiatives underway to encourage more women to enter the cybersecurity field, such as Girls in Tech, Women in Cybersecurity Ireland, and the Cyber Women Ireland network.

By supporting and encouraging women in cybersecurity, we can build a more diverse and inclusive industry that is better equipped to tackle the increasingly complex cyber threats faced by Ireland and the world.

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