International Women's Day: Security Industry Association creates Women in Security Forum
International Women's Day: Security Industry Association creates Women in Security Forum

The Security Industry Association (SIA) used International Women's Day as the backdrop to unveil the SIA Women in Security Forum to help support and increase the participation of women in cybersecurity.

The SIA also announced the inaugural members of the Forum's steering committee and gave some insight into the area the group will be exploring as it moves forward.

The committee members are:

  • Elaine Palome, Axis Communications
  • Chelsea Render, Bosch
  • Kelly Bond, Brivo
  • Vicky Lowe, Convergint Technologies
  • Janet Fenner, Dahua Technology USA
  • Sherida Sessa, ISC Security Events
  • Dawne Hanks, Milestone Systems
  • Christine Hamberis, ScanSource
  • Alice DiSanto, Sharp Intellos
  • Maureen Carlo, Videotec Security

“It is a privilege to serve a forum keenly focused on propelling women within the security industry.  Providing a venue where future female leaders can strengthen their know-how, while networking and brainstorming around future solutions with peers can only improve competency and esteem,” said DiSanto, in an SIA statement.

Some of the initial areas the committee will explore include setting up mentorship/sponsorship programs, connecting women in the industry through networking events, develop a recruiting program for next generation female professionals and leaders and identify platforms that can provide visibility for women