Well, it's been a minute. We've been in a bit of flux here and now we are back up and moving with Creating Connections. I hope you all have continued your support of the contributions women bring to the cybersecurity industry and each other. We were sad not to hold our annual women in cybersecurity event in October, and hope that you will join us later this week for an exciting new development by N2K Networks. On Thursday, November 9th at 2pm EST, our team is sharing a panel discussion: "Breaking Through: Securing the advancement of women in cybersecurity."
When we reach this point in the year, I like to take stock, see where I've been, what I've accomplished, and plan what is to come. 2023 is playing like a movie in my mind with some things seeming so recent, others far away. In the words of Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Personally and professionally, life has been moving pretty fast. We've attended a college graduation for our older daughter and since moved her to start her new life pursuing her PhD in chemistry a mere 12-hour drive from home. Happily, our younger daughter is home from college with us this summer. Who knows what the future holds for them?
It feels like we are at a jumping off point. It could be that I am sitting at an airport as I write this, it could be due the CyberWire's transformation into N2K Cyber, or it could be a myriad of changes in my family's life as my older daughter recently earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and is soon to embark upon her next chapter pursuing her PhD in chemistry at Vanderbilt University. How about you? Are you feeling that you are at a crossroads? Today, I'm heading to see my younger daughter at her college in Savannah to bring her home for the summer. We will have a brief time together as a family of four before we scatter again.
Apologies for this issue being a few days late, we usually publish the last business day of the month, but we just got back from the 2023 RSA Conference on Friday. Hope all who attended found it valuable. I know our team came back with some amazing content. We did two video interviews, 22 audio interviews (some that have already aired on our CyberWire Daily podcast and the balance will air this week and a bit of next.) We conquered boats to Alcatraz and walked the Golden Gate Bridge, took countless Ubers, and logged many miles around Moscone. Our team from N2K Networks had a booth in Moscone South. Our CSO Rick Howard presented at two sessions, Superforecasting and Its Superpower in Delivering Better Security Outcomes and The Emperor Has No Clothes: the Current State of the CISO, and held a book signing. His book sold out in the bookstore before the signing even started! Eliana shares some details about Rick's book below. Karaoke also happened, but we will not be sharing photos or videos of that!
Last month, I shared the quote: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you women in cybersecurity for the contributions you make to our industry, be they research, threat monitoring, pen testing, the list, of course, could go on and on. Without the women of cybersecurity, the industry would surely not be as far along as it is. Women have long been breaking ground in computing and security. I'd like to pause and revisit a post I made a few years ago honoring some of those women. We can appreciate the groundbreaking chances taken by women like Ada Lovelace, Marsha Rhea Williams, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, Dorothy Denning, and Becky Bace, among others. You can learn more of their contributions here.