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Welcome to the February issue of Creating Connections. We hope you are finding this newsletter valuable. Each month, the women of the CyberWire carefully plan out what we would each like to contribute and then once the issue is near completion, we come up with our title, and that tends to be the easiest task to do. From all of our disparate pieces, both written by our team and contributed pieces, a theme emerges. This month, when considering the various stories we had to share, the idea of how working together makes us go further toward our goal bubbled to the top of the list. It’s not news sharing this theme with you for we, as women, know that working together, using our strengths, and supporting our teammates, helps us to succeed.
To that end, this month we share pieces from women who have succeeded in their cybersecurity career paths by overcoming barriers, coming into the field rather unexpectedly, working toward a mission they had not planned in their career trajectory, and encouraging representation in our field. I had the pleasure of working on a project recently where we partnered with women from Northrop Grumman and were joined by Kathleen Smith of ClearedJobs.Net to share some of their stories. I will let Kelsea give the details of how our group of women saw this project through to fruition in her piece below. I want to point out some unexpected resources that came from the project. These are listed in our Selected Reading and I’ll link them here as well as I believe they warrant extra promotion. Kathleen and her team created blog posts highlighting the women and their stories from our project and they are fantastic just like the women they feature. I’ll share two of my favorites and encourage you to read them all. Priyanka never saw herself as doing anything in cyber, yet she joined UMBC’s cyber scholars program and now is pursuing her PhD in computer science. Her colleague, Ashley, was a physics major and now works in AI at Northrop Grumman. Please do check out their stories both on the blog and in the podcast Kelsea shares.
Thank you for doing what you do to help other women in our industry succeed. As Gina mentions in her piece, and many of us feel on a daily basis, women make up a minority faction in the cybersecurity community. Let’s continue doing our part to support those interested in joining us, so that we all will go far.
Read a good article relating to Women in Cyber recently? We’d love to hear about it! Please email us with the link and we may feature it in our next newsletter.