Hacking conference announces all-female keynote lineup

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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.”

Photo via See-ming Lee/Flickr

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.