On Tuesday 22 January, Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, participated as a Founding Member to the kick-off meeting of Women4Cyber, an initiative spearheaded by ECSO, the European Cyber Security Organisation.
Women4Cyber is a network of 28 Founding Members, a selected group of high-level female personalities from the public sector, the private sector and academia from all around Europe, coming together under the same goal: be the agents of change and inclusiveness in the field of cybersecurity in Europe. In their role as ambassadors and decision-makers, the Founding Members of Women4Cyber support the inclusion of women at a strategic level in the cybersecurity field.
Together with addressing the weak representation of women in the cybersecurity sector, Women4Cyber aims at contributing to a solution to the growing demand of leaders and experts for the evolving cyber security challenges.
The kick-off meeting took place under the patronage and in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, in ECSO’s Brussels premises. It was an opportunity for the Founding Members to discuss how to develop the initiative, ensuring its success and sustainability, and set priority actions.
The appointment of Elena Santiago Cid as a Founding Member of the initiative recognises the important standardization contribution to cybersecurity. CEN and CENELEC, together with ETSI, have created in 2016 a Focus Group on Cybersecurity, to reflect on a cybersecurity standardization roadmap. Among its first deliverables, the Focus Group finalised the Definition of Cybersecurity consisting of an overview of overlaps and gaps of those definitions with a view of moving towards a common understanding of the cybersecurity domain. Recently, CEN and CENELEC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ECSO for future cooperation in cybersecurity standardization.
You can follow the developments of Women4Cyber through the hashtag #Women4Cyber.
For more information on CEN and CENELEC’s work on cybersecurity, please refer to the dedicated page on CEN and CENELEC’s website or contact Constant Kohler