March 16-18, 2023
WiCyS 2023 is the go-to event to help you get where you want to be. We help organizations recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity — all while creating a community of engagement, encouragement and support at a technical conference.
The 2023 conference was full of technical talent, skills and an abundance of inspiration. Over 121 sponsors embraced the power of paying it forward and provided support to engage over 1,900 attendees. Through this support, 1,004 scholarships were awarded and 338 travel stipends were distributed. Over 450 volunteers helped launch #WiCyS2023. There also were 28 research posters, 19 workshops, 19 countries represented, 16 technical presentations, 16 lightning talks, 14 meetups/informational sessions, eight featured speakers, seven employer socials, six leadership events, five birds of a feather, four empowering and impactful keynotes, one Allyship Symposium and one capture-the-flag!
Dr. Smriti Bhatt
“Being a part of the WiCyS community has been an empowering and motivational journey for me. I attended my first WiCyS in 2018 as a WiCyS student scholar during my Ph.D. and met amazing women in cybersecurity as Dr. Ambareen Siraj, founder of WiCyS, as well as met many others like me, which helped me to develop self-confidence and overcome imposter syndrome. Next year I participated as a WiCyS program committee and faculty along with my students. It has been a great feeling to encourage students to be a part of WiCyS, and serve as co-advisor for the WiCyS student chapter as a faculty. This year I attended WiCyS 2022 as a Speaker presenting a technical presentation to share our research with the community.”
“WiCyS is all about lifting each other up, helping each other out, and finding a home among your peers. As an LGBT+ person, I did not have to hesitate in being out and proud. I knew from the welcoming environment of the conference that I could be my true authentic self and that there was a place for people like me at the table. “
“WiCyS means a platform that enhances our knowledge and skills through technical workshops and presentations. It also motivates the upcoming talents by providing opportunities along with valuable guidance from the experts in the field of cybersecurity.”