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S4x22 Women In ICS Security Program and Results

We were thrilled to offer the first ever Women In ICS Security program at S4x22 for free. A S4 record 164 women attended the event. This is probably the largest gathering ever. We also had many great sessions presented by women on all three stages. Much of the credit for these speakers is due to the women pioneers that led the way.

This was progress as the previous S4x20 had a then record 85 women. Still it only represented ~20% of the attendees. There is still work to do. We are committed to repeating with a similar Women In ICS Program for S4x23.

Women represent 51% of the population, and 60% of those attending college today. And yet only about 10% of the ICS security community are women. It often is difficult for women to enter and thrive in the male dominated, sometimes hostile, and often intentionally and unintentionally discriminatory ICS security field. At S4 we want to help try to change this for reasons of basic fairness, for the sake of our daughters, sisters and female friends, and for the very pragmatic reason that women, by sheer numbers, represent the best chance to deal with the shortage of ICS security professionals needed to create and secure the future.

Women In ICS Social Event

Early Monday evening, April 18th from 6:30 – 8:30, about 100 women attended a social event to provide an opportunity for all of the women attendees to establish and renew relationships with other women in ICS security at all different points in the career path. The event was held at the beautiful Hyde Park at the SLS hotel.

At the social event there was an Ask / Give session and a mentor / mentee mixer.

Tuesday S4x22 Sessions

Women coming in just for the day were given a free pass to attend all of the S4x22 sessions on all three stages on Tuesday April 19th, which ran from 9AM – 4PM.


The Cabana Sessions

S4 is Miami South Beach. It would be a shame to be stuck inside the whole event. We created our version of the hotel ballroom exhibit floor around one of the best pools in SoBe and call it The Cabana Sessions. From 4PM – 7PM on Tuesday April 19th, all of the S4 attendees get together in this relaxed environment. We serve dinner, there are a lot of fun activities, exhibitors are showing leading/bleeding edge product.

Women In ICS Security attendees were invited to this event.

Author Jenna Banks was at the Cabana Sessions for a short interview (5:00 – 5:15) and signed 100 free copies of her new book, I Love Me More.

It was a great opportunity for women to make key connections that could help them find their way in their career.

Women On A S4x22 Stage