Is the world ready for this? The Amsterdam Hack in the Box security conference taking place May 27-30, 2014, will feature all women as keynote speakers.
Held annually in both Malaysia and the Netherlands, Hack in the Box is open to the public, and features a free Haxpo trade show offering exhibition tables at no charge to non-commercial groups like FreeGeek. The conference aims to be accessible, both on cost and content, with the tagline "Keeping Knowledge Free for Over a Decade." It is, then, not so surprising that they'd be the first in the competitive and often macho hacker milieu to feature an all-female lineup.
The speakers are:
• Katie Moussouris (lead, Microsoft Security Response Center)
• Kristin Lovejoy (general manager, IBM Security Services Division)
• Pamela Fusco (chief information security officer, The Apollo Group)
• Jennifer Steffens (CEO, IOActive)
• Mischel Kwon (former director, U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team)
• Jaya Baloo (CISO, KPN Telecom)
Hack in the Box founder Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran told Net-Security.org, "We’ve never had an all-women keynote line-up and with 2014 being our 5th year anniversary in the EU, we thought it was a perfect time to do so. Though there are still an insufficient number of women leaders in the IT sector, we want to use this occasion to highlight a handful we feel have made tremendous contributions. Most importantly, they all offer a different point of view in an industry dominated by men."
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