Monday, February 12, 2018

The path of gender equality

June 16th of 1963 was a remarkable year in history because of the role of women in cosmonautics. Tereshkova 26 years old was the “Vostok-6” ship’s pilot and flew off to space being the first woman doing that alone.  There’s still a lot to do in order to get to real gender equality but Tereshkova is a great example on how you can break the glass ceiling riding a spaceship. 


In CIGTR we want to support Infosecurity’s purpose for interviewing, based in the 10 finalists of the “Security Champion” in the “Women for IT” Awards, women to give them a voice in the infosecurity world. This week we want to show you the interview to Elisabetta Zaccaria to Infosecurity Magazine.

Nowadays, Elisabetta works as the Secure Chorus Director and her goal is to build a company with a high level on leadership that long-form-pushes the active digital economies. Her idea was to reach it by developing a worldwide ecosystem for secure data exchanges. 

Elisabetta has a big career in the sector. She started in the year 2000 as the Global Strategy Group’s strategist director. “The company undertook a wide number of complex and sensitive programs, securing a wide variety of critical infrastructure in emerging markets, integrating services and technologies to mitigate operational risks, which included IT security. These were still relatively early days for the global cybersecurity industry and to be working in the sector at such an exciting time captured my interest, and I have been involved in the industry ever since.”

Elisabetta is now working in leading companies in the standard interoperability’s designs: “What I like the most about my job is Creative freedom and the opportunity to build an ecosystem of interoperable and secure data sharing technologies to support a vibrant and secure global digital economy.” But Elisabetta shows us that there are two sides of every story: “Secure Chorus is an organization with a multi-stakeholder environment facilitating public-private collaboration, comprising very different industry sectors and companies of different sizes and aims.  With many interests that need to be aligned, it can be challenging to determine the best strategy and consistently drive in that direction.”

It’s interesting to know who is the role model that one of the most recognized women in cybersecurity follows: “I really admire the UK National Cyber Security Centre, for its ethos and its culture, the way it is engaging with industry, the way it is supporting diversity in the industry and creating concrete programs and initiatives to address the issue.”

Women’s role in security is still far away to be the same as men’s but Zaccaria still has to do a lot in that: “While significant progress has been made, we are still very much on the surface of the issues and we should dig deeper. Achieving change on gender equality is a long-term process that requires recognition on the agendas of the private and public sectors. At the core, it is about changing socio-cultural norms that reinforce gender inequality.”

Tereshkova settled a before and after, proving that the capacity for women to fly into space was not different for the men. In the Cybersecurity world, women incorporation has been late but every day is more powerful by occupying lead roles in organizations. There’s still a lot to do but we’re in our way. 

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