Elevating Diversity: Strengthening Cyber Security through Inclusivity

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7 December 2023

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7 December 2023

Online 10:00 - 12:30

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About the Event

Join the UCISA's Security Group for their annual online conference.

The need for a diverse and inclusive workforce crosses many sectors. For cyber security, establishing a diverse workforce remains a challenge. However, practitioners understand that a diverse community of cyber professionals in turn enables different capabilities, knowledge, life experience and perspectives to better protect against common adversaries and offset those threats.

Improving diversity can also be achieved by broadening the potential pool of applicants through better awareness and by including opportunities through student pathways. Promoting progression is also vitally important and has the most impact against the cyber threats we collectively face as an HE & FE community.

Through a mixture of case studies, presentations and breakout discussions, this event will explore how to improve, establish and sustain diversity in recruitment and to advance the long-term representation of cyber professionals in the education sector.


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Vanessa Henneker

Director of Programmes & Business Development

UK Cyber Security Council

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Zeshan Sattar

Senior Director of Learning & Skills Certification


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Rhianne Short

Senior Cyber Consultant


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Stew Hogg

Associated Director, Cyber


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Dr Anitha Chinnaswamy

Deputy Director, Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre

Aston University

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Anitha is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Cyber Security Management at Aston Business School and is Deputy Director of the Cyber Security Innovation Centre. Anitha has delivered multiple research and consultancy projects funded by HMG (DSIT, FCDO), UKRI Innovate UK, EU Horizon WMCA, NCSC and Innovate UK, to name a few. Her research was also submitted as an impact case in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. In addition to successful research leadership, she leads the delivery of an innovative MBA in Cyber Security and a MSc in Cyber Security Management. As a STEM Ambassador in the West Midlands, Anitha collaborates with schools, youth organisations, employers and a range of partner organisations. She aims to inspire the next generation to help promote an interest and curiosity in STEM, increase STEM knowledge and develop STEM skills. Anitha is also the steering group member of the Ethnic Minority in Cyber (EMiC) Network for under-represented professionals. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, an APMG certified Cyber Security University Instructor and a board member of ISACA UK Central Chapter. Anitha is the winner of the ‘Tech for Good’ Award by the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023.

Event Schedule



Welcome and introductions


Diversifying Cyber; An update on the work of the UK Cyber Security Council

Vanessa Henneker, Director of Programmes and Business Development, UK Cyber Security Council

Practical experience of growing diversity and inclusion - panel discussion


Mind the Confidence Gap - Harnessing Skills to Bridge the Cyber Diversity Divide.

Zeshan Sattar, Senior Director of Learning & Skills Certification, CompTIA

Closing remarks