UAL encourages young female students to enter cybersecurity field
May 19, 2022

As part of the program of the patron of the School of Engineering, and with the collaboration of the Gender Equality Unit, the conference ‘Women and cybersecurity’ was given by Ainoa Celaya, an expert in this field.

The School of Engineering of the University of Almeria has organized, this Thursday May 12, together with the Gender Equality Unit of the UAL, the conference ‘Women and cybersecurity’, given by Ainoa Celaya, Telecommunications engineer and CEO founder of LUMANIC Ciberseguridad.

The director of the School of Engineering, Rosa Ayala, explained that this is “one more activity of those scheduled by the ESI to commemorate its patron, San Isidro. This is a series of conferences, which on this occasion brings us an expert in cybersecurity in order to encourage young women to forge their professional future in this field”.

Maribel Ramirez, Vice Chancellor for Students, Equality and Inclusion of the UAL, explained that the aim of this conference is “to awaken scientific vocations, especially in the field of technology, in young women, and to give visibility to those women who do science and technology”.  A more than necessary objective, as pointed out in “the latest report of the Women’s Institute, which indicates that only 25 percent of women do technology. This percentage is even lower in the field of cybersecurity”.

The speaker, Ainoa Celaya, belongs to the international association ‘Women for 4Cyber’, whose purpose is to give visibility and encourage the participation of women in the field of cybersecurity. Association with which the UAL is going to establish a line of collaboration.

About the presence of women in this field, the data are not good at all. “It is little and the trend is downward, that is also why it is so important to make this kind of initiatives to encourage technical vocations among young women because while a few years ago we were few, statistics tell us that there are less and less. I don’t know if it is a matter of clichés or the idea that people have, perhaps, of what the world of cybersecurity is. It’s a job that women can do very well.

The cybersecurity field currently offers multiple job opportunities. “Right now it’s brutal and we’re very trendy with everything that’s going on with spying, Pegasus, etc. This is the tip of the iceberg of everything that is moving in the cybersecurity field. We live surrounded by technology and logically by a brutal increase in cybercrime. This is why we need so many profiles”, emphasized Ainoa Celaya.

The speaker also explained that within cybersecurity there are many different areas in which it is possible to work. “Perhaps people have preconceived ideas of what cybersecurity is (that it is a person with a hood in front of a computer) and that is not the case. There are many different areas, within the technical world and the non-technical world, since it is also important to disseminate this information at the journalistic, legal, etc. level”.