Startup Stories: Launching a Cybersecurity Community

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Tell us about your product or service.
WSC’s goal is to provide programs and partnerships that encourage networking, education, and mentoring opportunities for women. We host monthly technical hands-on workshops, weekly study groups for industry certifications (such as CISSP, Security+, and CEH), and provide peer mentoring and professional job placement assistance. Currently, we are developing a STEM-based academy program for middle school girls to introduce them to many different aspects of the technology world: from computer hardware and networking, to web design, and mobile application development.

What inspired you to launch your business?
The founder & CEO, Lisa Foreman, was inspired to start this business because she recognized the lack of support and community for women in or with an interest in technology-related career fields.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Our organization strives to solve the gender gap issue in technology and cybersecurity related fields. We provide the support for women and girls to help them feel empowered and confident to achieve their goals. We offer a women-only learning environment to increase the security of students and eliminate gender competition and stereotypes.

What has been your biggest challenge and how are you working to overcome it?
The biggest challenge we have faced so far has been push back from several men in the cybersecurity community who have felt discriminated by not being able to have access to the services our group provides solely to women. We have been working to overcome this issue through communicating that our group seeks the advice and input of male colleagues and we value their opinions, but to preserve the mission of our organization the education efforts and environment will remain women-only.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
Avid.

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
The articles and “Eve’s Ultimate Guide” on Project Eve are definitely helpful personally and to the business endeavors. The majority of the women working on the startup are technically-minded, and do not have a business background. It’s really helpful to read articles about how to build a business and a brand from other women who have had similar experiences.

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry.
Be humble, ambitious, and enforcing. – There are so many facets of technology and cybersecurity that it is impossible to be a “know-it-all”. Specifically as a woman in cybersecurity, we are commonly caught in the trap of constantly trying to prove ourselves and our worth. Cool it – there is no way we will know everything, and neither do the guys. Focus on an area that you are passionate about, and always be humble in interactions even when you are the subject matter expert. Constantly strive to learn more and collaborate knowledge and resources with colleagues with shared passions, but never lose sight of your own personal goals and aspirations.

Company: Women's Society of Cyberjutsu – Cyberjutsu Girls Academy

Website: http://cyberjutsugirls.org/

Follow my organization on social media here:
@CyberjutsuGirls
https://www.facebook.com/cyberjutsugirls
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBQ5Gb0FyKIAVxnNM12qOIg?feature=watch

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