By: SheLeadsTech | October 17, 2019

Zinet Kemal, CISA, CySA+, Network+, Security+, was a legal assistant in Ethiopia before moving to the United States 6 years ago. Once she arrived in the United States, her technology career journey began, but her interest in tech started much earlier. She has long been fascinated by the power of technology to help solve people’s everyday problems. Currently, Kemal works for Hennepin County as an IT auditor identifying weaknesses in the system network, making recommendations to prevent security breaches and effectively evaluating IT risk by auditing cybersecurity controls, and volunteers as technology director at the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Minnesota (USA) Chapter. She is most interested in cybersecurity and IT risk m...

By: SheLeadsTech | September 12, 2019

Karen Sandhu, CISA, CRISC, is a professional with 15 years of risk management experience in information security, data privacy, emerging technology risk, cloud security, security incident response, governance and internal controls. She is passionate about raising awareness and closing the gender gap of women in IT and cybersecurity roles. Accordingly, Sandhu acts as the director of diversity and inclusion for the ISACA® Vancouver (Canada) Chapter and leads the SheLeadsTech Vancouver program. Here she shares some of her experiences advocating for woman in tech.


Q: What is one of the biggest obstacles you have faced while raising awareness about the lack of women in IT and cybersecurity roles?
A: Finding enough leaders and influencers to a...

By: SheLeadsTech | July 11, 2019

Teen Cybersecurity Activist Kyla Guru Shares Her Mission and Insights


Security and safety are primary needs for all people. The requirements for both have changed in the digital age and need everyone’s attention now more than ever. Beginning to secure a digital future starts with becoming aware that security is a part of life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is critical at a high level because every single person who utilizes technology is a component in building community resilience in the face of cyberrisk. Some easy ways for individuals to improve everyday security include creating longer, stronger passwords for accounts, implementing 2-factor authentication, knowing how to identify malicious emails, and extending one’s sense of secu...

By: SheLeadsTech | June 13, 2019

In February, 2019, the City Tech Collaborative (City Tech), AnitaB.org, and SheLeadsTech announced a new training pilot to help close the gap for women entering the cybersecurity field. The grant for the pilot program provided funding and partnership opportunities for the organizations to provide 19 women in Chicago, Illinois, USA, with cybersecurity training. These participants underwent 8 weeks of in-classroom training utilizing ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus Training Platform.

ISACA Chicago Chapter President Pam Nigro, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, CRMA, taught the first 3 weeks of class covering Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX™) fundamentals. John Tannahill, CISM, taught the remaining 5 weeks of the CSX Training Platform Foundation courses. The women c...

By: SheLeadsTech | January 16, 2019

Retaining professionals in all industries can be a challenge. Jane Whitgift, CISM, MBCS, provides her insight on how to retain technology professionals, especially women, in the workforce. Jane Whitgift is a cybersecurity professional with more than 30 years of experience in IT and 15 years specializing in IT security. She is the owner and principal consultant with Whitgift Security, which she founded in 2013. Her previous experience includes work as a chief information security officer (CISO) with global accountabilities for IT security risk and implementing programs to improve security roles at FTSE 100 companies. She has remained part of the technology industry as she’s adapted to life changes, such as motherhood, and shares experiences ...