The Privacy Advisor Podcast: How 57 women won a trip to DEFCON


Ask anyone who frequents DEFCON, known as a sort of summer camp for hackers, and they’ll tell you the attendee roster at the wildly popular white hat event is overwhelmingly male. Rachel Tobac, chair of the board at Women in Security and Privacy, has been going to DEFCON to compete in Social Engineering Capture the Flag for the last three years, and winning. She has gained some notoriety for it, including appearing on this podcast twice before. But noticing she was very much in the minority as a female attendee, she decided she didn’t just want to go to DEFCON this year; she wanted to bring women working in privacy and security with her — an effort that initially saw two women winning sponsorships to attend ended in 57 actually boarding a flight to Vegas. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Tobac tells us how it happened and why it matters. 

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About the Section

Women leading privacy gather here

While there are as many women in privacy as there are men, the truth is that women experience unique industry hurdles and challenges. Women Leading Privacy is where many of today’s top privacy professionals come to give and get career support, to help advance women in the field and to expand their personal and professional networks with a slew of opportunities created just for them.

Building a pathway to board leadership — Women Leading Privacy session at #GPS17

Curious what it takes to join a corporate or non-profit board of directors? Start here. The Women Leading Privacy session at the 2017 Global Privacy Summit featured two leading experts in the field to help you breakdown the questions you should ask yourself and steps to take. Women Leading Privacy Section advisory board members Dana Simberkoff, CIPP/US and Lauren Shy, CIPP/US took notes and created this handy summary for you. Read the piece Building a Pathway to Board Leadership


Chenxi Wang discusses inspiration and self-awareness

Watch this quick take from the IAPP’s 2016 Privacy. Security. Risk. conference in San Jose, California.

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IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018

Women Leading Privacy: Bridging the Gap—Privacy & Security Relationships
Thursday, 29 November, 9 – 10 a.m.
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IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2019

May 2-3 Save the Date!

IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019

May 23-24 The Call for Proposals is Open!

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Special thank you to, Irene Jan, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, Attorney, for facilitating the Women Leading Privacy Listserve.

Why Women Should Pursue Careers in Data Privacy

In an op-ed for TechZone360, AvePoint Chief Compliance and Risk Officer — and IAPP member and active member of the Women Leading Privacy Section — Dana Simberkoff, CIPP/US, writes about why privacy is a great industry for women. Read the article here.

Criado-Perez on how women are affected by society's use of data

Caroline Criado-Perez is the author of “Do It Like a Woman,” and the leader of a successful movement to get female representation on U.K. banknotes. At the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2017 in London, an enthusiastic crowd listened intently as she took an in-depth look at how women are affected by the ways society uses data.

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Guiding the Women Leading Privacy Section, the Advisory Board—chosen from your nominations—represents a diverse group of women with comprehensive experience and expertise in privacy.

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