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Women in cybersecurity: Celebrating the contributions of Jamaican professionals

Women have played an important role in the field of cybersecurity, and Jamaica is no exception. With the increasing importance of cybersecurity in today’s digital world, it is important to recognize the contributions that women have made and continue to make in this field.

According to a recent study, women make up only 24% of the cybersecurity workforce globally. In Jamaica, women are still underrepresented in the field, but there are many successful and accomplished female professionals who are making significant contributions to the industry.

One such professional is Carolyn Smith, who has over 20 years of experience in the field of cybersecurity. Smith is the founder and CEO of the Cybersecurity Academy of Jamaica, which provides training and certification programs to individuals interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity. She is also the co-founder of the Caribbean Cybersecurity Center and a member of the Jamaica Cybersecurity Taskforce.

Another notable woman in the Jamaican cybersecurity industry is Shiva Bissessar. Bissessar is a cybersecurity consultant and researcher who has worked on projects for the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union. She is also the founder of the Caribbean Cybersecurity and Privacy Association, which aims to promote awareness and collaboration in the region.

In addition to these professionals, there are many other women in Jamaica who are making their mark in the field of cybersecurity. They are working as analysts, engineers, consultants, and researchers, among other roles.

However, despite the contributions of these women, there are still challenges that need to be addressed to ensure greater gender diversity in the industry. One of the main barriers is the lack of female role models and mentors in the field, which can discourage women from pursuing a career in cybersecurity. Additionally, there is a perception that the industry is male-dominated and not welcoming to women.

To overcome these challenges, it is important to raise awareness about the importance of gender diversity in the field of cybersecurity and to encourage more women to pursue careers in the industry. This can be done through initiatives such as mentorship programs, networking events, and scholarships.

In conclusion, the contributions of women in cybersecurity are invaluable and should be celebrated. Jamaica’s cybersecurity industry is no exception, and the accomplishments of female professionals in the field should be recognized and celebrated. By promoting greater gender diversity in the industry, we can help to ensure that the field continues to grow and innovate.


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