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Kuwait wins 4 Women in Cybersecurity Middle East Awards - WiCSME 2020

  • With the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and STC Group

     

    Dr. Reem Al-Shammari, the founding partner of the Middle East Women in Cybersecurity Association and Head of the Information Security Team at the Kuwait Oil Company, announced that six cybersecurity leading and professional women from Kuwait have been nominated among the 30 finalists and four of them won the award at the first virtual conference of the association that was concluded last week.

    Dr. Al-Shammari announced that the six women are Eng. Layal Al Mansouri, Eng. Bashayer Al-Ajami, Eng. Fatima Fouad, Mrs. Dana Weiner, and Specialists Sabna Singh and Zainab Mohamed in a press statement.

    The winners were among a total of 19 award winners at that global conference, which was attended by more than 50 speakers representing the Gulf and Arab countries as well other countries from around the globe.

     The conference  was held by  the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and STC Group on 14 and 15 November under the slogan "To Empower and Secure Together" aimed at attracting female cybersecurity specialists and professionals from the countries of the region and from around the world to join the forefront of the international scene in this vital field.

    “The conference aims at creating a powerful platform to empower women and connect them with the international and regional thought leaders, as well as to help them achieve their professional goals and enhance their contribution to securing their communities. The conference included technical and non-technical seminars and discussions of various subjects, and the regional and international speakers touched on the various interesting visions in the field of cybersecurity with the aim of enhancing the experiences of distinguished and talented participants in this field” she added.

    Dr. Al-Shammari also explained that the conference included three axes: The conference program, the award axis, and the cyber adventure axis. In the conference program, which is ongoing at the level of leading global conferences, 50 speakers from all over the world have participated including leaders, executives, academics and experts. They have covered about 34 cyber security and related leadership skills topics. 

    She stated that the Association has launched for the first time within the conference activities, the first of its kind in the world WiCSME2020 Awards, to celebrate and acknowledge the distinguished women of the region working in the field of cybersecurity.

    “The awards were classified into six main categories: "Thought Pioneer in Cybersecurity", "Executive Lady in Cybersecurity", "Cybersecurity Advisor", "Rising Star in Cybersecurity", "Cybersecurity Champion" and the "supporter of the cybersecurity community". The awards jury included expert men and women distinguished at the local, regional and international levels in the field of cyber security” indicated Dr. Al-Shammari.

    “Out of 30 female candidates who reached the finals among more than 100 candidates from eight countries, 19 women were selected for the awards in the six main categories,” added Dr. Al-Shammari.

    She also mentioned that one of the conference’s activities was the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, in which more than 600 contestants participated with the support of SANS, the leading training organization in cybersecurity.

    Dr. Al-Shammari praised the great support that the Association has received from the conference sponsors, especially the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science and STC group.

    Dr. Layla Al-Musawi, the program manager for Publicizing and Dissemination of Science and Technology, within the Scientific Culture Directorate at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences said that the Foundation’s participation in sponsoring this scientific event stems from its goals of enhancing the role of science, technology and innovation in society and encouraging scientific research.

    She also stressed the Foundation's keenness to support the various initiatives aiming at strengthening the role of women in the field of science and promoting the spread of scientific culture among the various segments of society. 

    “The Foundation spares no efforts to support the promotion of scientific progress using multiple media in the aim of contributing to the dissemination of knowledge through several traditional and electronic platforms, supporting young talents spread scientific knowledge, as well as raising awareness of the scientific issues that affect our daily life. The Foundation also adopts any motivational activity that contributes to spreading the culture of innovation and creativity” indicated Dr. Al-Musawi.

    It is noteworthy that the Women in Cybersecurity Middle East Association was established in 2018 by nine expert leading women from the Middle East and North Africa region and seeks to support and enhance the role of women in the cybersecurity industry through communication, support, education and the empowerment of women in the various fields of this sector. The association counts more than 900 active members representing 23 different countries and organizations from around the world and has 10 branches in the region.

    The Middle East Women in Cybersecurity Association  announced that six cybersecurity talents from Kuwait have been nominated, and four of them won the award at the first virtual conference of the association that was concluded last week. Led by Dr. Reem Al-Shammari, the founding partner of the Middle East Women in Cybersecurity Association and Head of the Information Security Team at the Kuwait Oil Company – the event is supported by KFAS and STC Group.