Theresa Grafenstine, inspector general of U.S. House of Representatives urged women in cyber security to stay true to themselves and display leadership that enriches colleagues.
Grafenstine was one of several top women in IT who spoke at the South Florida ISACA chapter’s Connecting Women Leaders in Technology conference in Plantation, Fla., Friday.
Grafenstine, who is responsible for planning and leading independent, nonpartisan audits, advisories, and investigations of the financial and administrative functions of the House,once joked in an interview that “I joke and say, ‘Just throw me into some combat zone. I can do a peace treaty with my people skills.’
The Connecting Women Leaders in Technology program focuses on increasing the number of women in business technology leadership roles. The group hopes to:
- increase the number of women entering the cyber security, audit, governance and control fields by 10 percent by 2025.
- reduce the number of women leaving the tech workforce by 5 percent by 2020.
- increase the number of women in C-suite roles by 20 percent by 2025.
Other speakers included:
- Marci McCarthy, CEO and president of T.E.N., chairman at ISE Talent, Atlanta. ISE specializes in identifying, evaluating, recruiting, and presenting top level candidates that fit our client organizations’ unique requirements.
- Dr. Chanel Suggs, Duchess of Cybersecurity® and founder and CEO of Wyvern Security. Suggs has been a guest on CNN, ABC, NBC and other news shows as a cybersecurity expert.
- Gail Coury, CISO Oracle Cloud. Coury also leads the risk management function for Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services.
For more details about the conference, go here.