Diversity in Cybersecurity: a panel discussion at PyCon India 2021


PyCon India brings opportunities to get together, share , interact with awesome pythonistas, learn while having fun and get inspired. To trigger an exchange of viewpoints among experts and to create interesting discussions for the community we have planned a few panel discussions.

Cybersecurity is one of those areas which is picking up big time. As per the reports, there is a huge amount of skill shortage in this area. The one thing that can help fill this gap is diversity. As a result, increasing diversity in cybersecurity teams should be a top priority for businesses across the board.

When we speak about Diversity, it is not just about Gender Diversity. It is much more than that. In the panel we will talk about Diversity in Cybersecurity from technical, country and much more.

The audience will hear from the amazing speakers about:

  • Cybersecurity in various domains
  • How Python has it's application in cybersecurity
  • What diversity in the workforce really means more than just gender
  • How each panel is supporting diversity initiatives in different parts of the world.
  • Sharing their practical experiences while working on these initiatives.

Session Details:

  • Platform: Hopin - Stream Yard
  • Stage : Stage 1 (Main Stage)
  • Date: 19 September 2021
  • Time: 16:30 to 17:30

Speaker Info

Panel Moderator:

Vadana Verma

Vandana is a Security Relations leader at Snyk with current focus on DevSecOps. In her previous experience, she has dealt with Application Security, Vulnerability Management, SOC, Infrastructure Security, and Cloud Security. She is a seasoned speaker / Trainer and presented at various public events ranging from Global OWASP AppSec events to BlackHat events to regional events like BSides events in India. She is part of the OWASP Global board of directors (Vice-Chair). She also works in various communities towards diversity initiatives InfosecGirls, InfosecKids, and WoSec. Vandana is a member of the Black Hat Asia Review Board as well as multiple other conferences including Grace Hopper India, OWASP AppSec USA to name a few. She is also one of the organizers of BSides Delhi. She has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards like Resilient CISO award by Dynamic CISO, Cyber Security Woman of the Year Award 2020 by Cyber Sec Awards, Application Security Influencer 2020 by WhiteSource to name a few. She has also been listed as one of the top women leaders in this field of technology and cybersecurity in India by Instasafe.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vandana-verma/

Panel Speakers:

Shira Shamban

Shira is a security researcher and technical expert with a focus on cloud security. Currently, she is the co-founder and CEO of Solvo, a software company that automates and shifts left cloud security. Shira started her professional career in cybersecurity as a military officer in the elite intelligence unit 8200. Shira strongly believes in empowering women and underrepresented communities in the world of technology. She volunteers as a lecturer and a mentor in forums such as SheCodes, Cyber Ladies, and Women in AppSec. Shira started the local mentoring program Security Diva and is the co-chair of OWASP Israel.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shira-shamban/

Hitesh Dharmdasani

Hitesh loves building products. Especially ones that solve networking and security problems. I started Informant Networks in 2015 and have since also worked alongside with AnexGate. I love intranets and middleboxes and often dig into rabbit holes. Did malware and cybercrime research in the past.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hiteshdharamdasani/

Judy Ngure

Judy is a member of the Global Advisory Board at Vigi Trust. She is a lead cybersecurity engineer at Africa's Talking, Founder of Women in Security Kenya, and an experienced author and speaker.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-ngure/