Women Entrepreneurs in Cyber Security

Date: 25th May 2017

Time: 09:15 – 15:00

Location: King’s College, Franklin – Wilkins Building

Women entrepreneurs in IT are scarce. In cyber security, a growing field, the situation is worse. There are numerous initiatives in cyber security intended to improve the take-up rates for female entrepreneurs. And there are some very successful female entrepreneurs in this field. How can we encourage more to take advantage of growth in this area?

The event will bring in industry insiders and organisations which support education in cyber security. It will aim to develop T/L scenarios for educators working in the field.


9.15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9.45 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
Keynote Address:
Women in Digital: Answering the Gender Bias QuestionSue Seaby, SECURITAS, UK
10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Women in Cyber Security: Standard not Exception
Jane Franklin, Serial Entrepreneur, CISO Advisor, Speaker, Author and Champion for Women in Cyber Security 


Building a Culture of Innovation in Schools: Preparing Children for the Future, not the Past
Elena Sinel, Founder and CEO of Acom Aspirations



Women in Cyber: What Sets us Apart?
Jane Whitgift, ISACA Women Network, Whitgift Security




Panel of Experts and Q&A

12:00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Presentations & Breakout Sessions: The role of HE
Is IT a Problem? Women Leaders in Technology Research
Professor Sarah Barman, Faculty of Science and Engineering


What it Takes to Be a Female Entrepreneur?
Ionna Rossi, Research Impact Manager, Kingston University LondonBreakout sessions (Ionna and Sarah facilitating)

2:30 p.m. Event Summary 


Lucy Jones, Acting Dean, School Of Life Sciences, Pharmacy And Chemistry, Kingston University

 3:00 p.m. Close


Vladlena Benson, Kington University


Vladlena Benson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Informatics, Kingston University. Having completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas, Vladlena’s research interests are in the area of information strategy, educational technology, information privacy and social networking. She publishes widely and her research is recognised by the British Computing Society (BCS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). Vladlena authored and edited a number of books published around the world. She publishes extensively in such journals as International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Information Technology and People, Computers in Human Behaviour, British Journal of Educational Technology, International Journal of e-Business and others. Dr Benson has served as a Course Director for the BSc International Business, Business Administration programmes.


Presenter Profiles







Sue has spent 30 years in Corporate Security who has worked in the fields of Aviation, Finance, Maritime, Telecommunications and Insurance at both Regional and Global Executive levels of management.

Trained and qualified Crisis Management Leader, Sue led the teams during both the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks, Hostage negotiator, Change Management Practitioner, Bomb Threat Adviser and Behaviour Profiling Specialist, Conference Speaker and Chair of the Women’s Security Society which boasts 800 plus members.

She is now the Head of Clients Relations UK for the Global Security Services provider Securitas. Sue is passionate about mentoring awareness and education of Women in all disciplines of Security Industry.

Jane Frankland, Cyber Security Capital






Jane is an award winning entrepreneur, speaker, author and consultant. She is also an SC Awards Judge for Europe and the USA, and has been identified as one of the top 50 influencers in cyber security in the UK. Jane has 19-years worth of experience in the industry, has built and sold her own global penetration testing firm, Corsaire, advised boards and held senior executive positions at several large PLCs. Through Cyber Security Capital she now helps cyber security professionals and entrepreneurs develop their careers and businesses through networking, training and mentoring. As an ambassador for cyber security she is passionate about STEAM and diversity in the workplace. Her book ‘In Security: How a failure to attract and retain more women in cyber security is a making us all less safe”, is due for release in 2017.


Sarah Barman, Professor

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Sarah is Professor in Computer Vision in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University where she leads research into retinal image and analysis and is Director of Research and Enterprise in the School of Computer Science and Mathematics. Sarah’s main area of research in the field of medical image analysis. Professor Barman is a member of the UK Biobank Eye and Vision consortium, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and is registered Chartered Physicist.


Ionna Rossi, Economic & Sustainable Development Specialist

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Ionna Rossi is a specialist in sustainable economic development. Part of her work focused on the development, evaluation of entrepreneurship and business support initiatives. During her career within the London Development Agency (LDA), London Borough of Southwark, The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs also, she has helped SMEs and start-ups at the European level. Supporting entrepreneurship and business growth has always been an important part of Ionna’s work, as this lies at the heart of economic development.


 Elena Sinel, Founder and CEO of Acorn Aspirations







Passionate entrepreneur, Elena Spinel is a founder of Acorn Aspirations. The company offers young people the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. During our hackathons, bootcamps, incubators and accelerators young people learn to identify a problem in their community and solve it through technology. Having only launched a year ago, we have already worked with over 600 teenagers (aged 12-18) from diverse background including London’s most underprivileged boroughs, such as Tower Hamlets, Haringey Tottenham Hale, Barnet, Camden and Southwark. Over 50% of Acorn Aspirations community are girls.


Jane Whitgift, Whitgift Security



Jane has had 30 year career in FTSE 100 companies working in IT, 15 years focusing in Information Security and Risk Management. She has now turned entrepreneur helping SMEs and charities understand their security risks and providing practical, affordable solutions to protect their businesses. Throughout her career, Jane has been a passionate advocate of female leadership, encouraging colleagues to achieve their career goals. Jane has been involved in many programs aimed at increasing the number of women in senior roles, mostly latterly ISACA’s Connecting Women Leaders in Technology.



Please click here to book your spaces.

Please note that the cost to attend is £160.00. Delegates from a HEEG subscribing institution can attend FREE.

If you have any queries, please contact Sudiksha Chuturdharee (S.Chuturdharee@kingston.ac.uk)