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Women leaders in security recognized

Joan Goodchild | May 7, 2013
Thoughts and reflections from the 2012 EWF Women of Influence winners

What goals have you set for yourself for the future?

I want to continue to be proud of what I achieve every day. I want to continue to grow both in my experience and knowledge. I can't imagine standing still.

Private Solutions: Laura Mather

Laura Mather, Ph.D. is a worldwide expert in combating Internet fraud and a sought after speaker, published author and expert witness on the topic. She has spoken at IRS, Federal Trade Commission and Merchant Risk Council events in addition to many security industry conferences and summits. Following the work she's done with Silver Tail Systems since the company's inception in 2008, Fast Company ranked Dr. Mather #16 on their annual list of "The 100 Most Creative People in Business" for 2012 and Business Insider named her one of the "25 Powerful Women Engineers in Tech". She is also the Managing Director of Operational Policy for the Anti-Phishing Working Group, where she drives Internet policy to fight electronic crimes of phishing, pharming and spoofing. Prior to co-founding Silver Tail Systems, she spent three years in fraud prevention and anti-phishing at eBay, was a Director of Research and Analysis for the online division of Encyclopedia Britannica, and also spent time as a research analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA).

How are women making inroads in security professions today?

I look at the world more broadly than just security, so I'll answer this question based on women in technology. We are making inroads now in that we are again starting to talk to about the issues. 5 or 10 years ago, nobody spoke much about there not being many women in technology. Now the conversation has started again and I think that is a key driver to making progress.

What more needs to be done?

It's time to look at new ways to further women's issues in security. I'm concerned that the feminist movement has stalled. I've even heard that millenials (sp?) say that "feminism" is the "f-word". Women in technology and security have come a long way in the last 50 years, but there is still more work to be done.

How can we reignite the passion for getting women more involved in security? I'd like to get women to start thinking outside the box. Is there a technology that could help enable this? For example, can we create a website that spotlights careers - both security and otherwise -- where the people being interviewed have diverse backgrounds. Maybe a woman CISO, a black software engineer, a veteran who is pursuing a degree in physics. It would be nice to give younger generations role models that break the molds of what society tends to enforce about who can do what job.


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