Women Unite Over CTF RSA 2020

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In this episode of the Cybrary Podcast we sit down with Chloe the VP of of Strategy for Point3 Security at Point3's Women Unite Over CTF Event at RSA2020. Chloe explains how Point3 started the Women Unite Over CTF event as a way to be more inclusive within the cybersecurity community, and how the skill levels of the event range from beginner to more advanced.

Topic: Women Unite Over CTF
Hosted by: Thomas Horlacher, Chloé Messdaghi
Length: 9 minutes
Released on: March 9th, 2020
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Thomas Horlacher (Thor), the Head of Creative Services for Cybrary, is at the Point3's Women Unite Over CTF event during the RSA 2020 Conference along with Chloe Messdaghi, the VP of Strategy for Point3 security. Chloe shares her experience as a woman in InfoSec and how she came up with the idea of throwing out a more inclusive CTF event for women.

Chloe explains how the event was made possible and how it all got started. CTFs are pretty intimidating to first-timers irrespective of gender, and even Thomas agrees with it since it was his first time at the RSA conference. The participation of women in Conferences and CTFs was too low. That was the reason why Chloe wanted to get a CTF exclusively for women. She wanted to ensure that any women can participate regardless of their experience in CTFs. The great thing about the event was that people were also able to participate virtually. During the very first time when the event took place, over a thousand women registered.

Chloe looks back on her terrible experience in InfoSec. At the RSA 2018 conference, she was shocked to see that there were only two other women. She almost wanted to leave InfoSec after such an incident. Women are underrepresented in the Cybersecurity workforce. Women Organizations like WoSEC, WomenHackerz, WiCyS, Gatebreachers, Diana Initiative, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu are here to bridge the gap. The notable thing is that Chloe is the founder of WomenHackerz, and also the President and co-founder of WoSEC.

However, after attending the Day of Security conference in June 2018, Chloe was impressed by the numbers of women. She wanted to do something for the women community in InfoSec. The very next year, she created WomenHackerz (currently known as WeAreHackerz) to support and provide opportunities for non-binary and women hackers. Chloe encourages women to get into bug bounties.

Thomas wanted to know how anyone could reach out to these organizations. Chloe recommended visiting the organization's website or contacting through social media.

If you're a woman in cybersecurity or trying to get into it, Make sure to check out the websites of the organizations mentioned by Chloe. Reach out to Chloe on Twitter @ChloeMessdaghi