WiCyS

What is WiCyS?

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.

WiCyS is the premier organization with national reach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring.

Established in 2012 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj of Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant, WiCyS is a non-profit organization offering many membership, sponsorship and collaboration benefits.

For more information, visit the official website here.

How does WiCyS relate to WWC?

Both organizations promote, celebrate, and support females in technology in our community.  UTD WiCyS is a chapter of a national organization that was founded at UTD in 2019 as a subgroup of WWC in order to reach as many women as possible. Our chapter hopes to encourage women to pursue a career in the highly dynamic and expansive field of cybersecurity by offering tools, events, and networking opportunities throughout the academic school year in conjunction with the opportunities already provided by WWC.

How do I join?

We welcome any and all UTD students to join us at any and all of our events and activities! All events will be posted and advertised alongside WWC events.

However, official WiCyS membership provides the added benefits of access to an online forum, ability to post your resume to the WiCyS Job Board, discounts on Conference attendance, and more!

The benefits of membership in WiCyS are many. Enjoy the year-round community engagement with thousands of other professionals and students in cybersecurity. You will have access to a Job Board, Speakers Bureau, events and webinars, an Online Community Forum, the WiCyS Affiliate Program, support for your WiCyS Student Chapter, engagement through Market Studies, as well as discounts on Conference attendance.

Best of all, you belong to a unique and powerful community of peers in academia, industry, research and government, sharing ideas and best practices, learning from the experience of others, and much more.

To become a member of WiCyS click here!

For more details on membership fees, refer to the following table:

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What is the WiCyS Conference?

Every year, WiCyS hosts a national conference in the spring filled with women in cybersecurity. This academic year it will be in Denver, Colorado on March 12-14, 2020. As a student, you must receive one of their student scholarships in order to attend and you must be a member in order to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship application is now open and will close October 19, 2019.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the conference, click here!

How can I get started with cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is a rapidly expanding and dynamic field that can be found almost everywhere so it can be overwhelming at first. We will do our best to provide you with the resources, activities, and events to help you get started and conquer the field!

For starters, check out these resources we have compiled:

WiCyS has collected valuable resources for anyone looking for information about cybersecurity and diversity stats, as well as sources for education and certification. To view this collection of resources, click here!

For a concise compilation of free online resources to help teach and learn cybersecurity, click here!

Check out the National Cyber League, a great competition for all levels to start your cyber fun and learn some hands-on skills!

For a list of Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions, an explanation of what on earth a CTF is, and writeups on past CTFs, click here!

Check out these YouTube channels for great tutorials, CTF walkthroughs, and ways to learn more about cybersecurity topics: IppSec and LiveOverflow!

How do I contact UTD WiCyS?

Visit the contact page on this website to contact us! Our events will be posted on all WWC pages so you can always stay up to date with us!

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