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As we move firmly into fall, let's pause for a moment to reflect. Fall always meant a version of new beginnings. reconnections, and affirmations to me. It meant returning to school, seeing friends after a busy summer, or committing to future training (I had a stint as a long distance runner, so my training plans often started at this time of year). Now, of course, all is different. Returning to school now means my young adult daughters are away at college and my favorite event for reconnecting, our Women in Cybersecurity reception, is on pause for a second year due to Covid. Running and I are currently on a break.
During this pause, I realize how much supporting, connecting with and highlighting accomplishments of women is a common thread throughout both my personal and professional lives. I come from a family of strong women, completed my undergraduate degree at a women's college, and professionally count my work with women in cyber and diversity as my raison d'etre at the CyberWire.
Time for affirmations, for looking forward, for starting plans (I'm a planner if you couldn't tell). In the short term, I'm reconnecting (in person!) with my first and best college friends. We are coming together for a weekend of reminiscing and making new memories. Upon return, it is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) in October. While we all know you should be cybersecurity aware all year long, this is a good time to emphasize that and get others to do so. I'd love to share some of your work in cybersecurity for our audience in this newsletter and all on our website. If you have an accomplishment, some newly published research or presentation, or would like to share your cybersecurity career journey, please drop me a line and we can talk about it. I hope your fall season goes well and you are able to reflect on moving ahead.
Had some great experiences or attended worthwhile events that would interest our Women in Cyber community? We’d love to hear about them. Please email us and we may feature it in our next newsletter.