International Women's Day Keynote

 Source: Get Safe Online



  • Get Safe Online is shining a spotlight on inspirational women in cybersecurity across the world at its keynote webinar this International Women’s Day 
  • 38% of female students looking to enter the tech and cybersecurity sector don’t believe there are enough role models for women   
  • A lack of opportunities (46%), male bias (37%) and pay inequality (29%) are the most common barriers to entry 

The Bahamas, 8 March 2024 – This International Women’s Day, Get Safe Online is hosting a global keynote webinar championing and celebrating women in the cybersecurity sector around the world, highlighting the power of role models in encouraging inclusion. Further information can be accessed at 

It comes as new research conducted shows that more than two thirds (68%) of female students aspiring to enter the tech industry in the UK say that role models are important for their career progression. Yet, of these, 66% believe that the sector is not currently providing them with enough role models to aspire to.  

Conducted by Get Safe Online, the research also reveals that a lack of visible role models (21%) is one of the key barriers facing female students wanting to enter this space, alongside lack of opportunities (46%) and male bias (37%) against women. 

Amongst those surveyed, having an attainable career path (37%), individuals that people can learn from (36%), and someone who has achieved something seemingly unachievable (34%) are the top attributes of a role model.  

Sametria McKinney, Director at the National Computer Incident Response Team of The Bahamas (CIRT-BS) and a panellist at the event comments, “The best expression of my dreams I have seen is represented in people who have held spaces and paved the way for me. It is, therefore, essential, through the work that we are doing, that we continue the legacy of creating spaces to support and uplift others.”  

Another of the exemplary women being showcased as part of Get Safe Online’s campaign is Roxanne Anderson-Linton, Communications and Public Education Officer at the Broadcasting Commission in Jamaica. She comments: “Providing accessible training is key to attracting and retaining a diverse pool of talent into cybersecurity, alongside public education that can change attitudes towards women in the sector, fostering a more inclusive environment. Cybersecurity is an exciting sector with so much flexibility, and I want to see more women thriving in the industry.”  

 The hour-long virtual event, will serve as a platform to showcase women working in cyber from across the globe. A selection of insightful panellists participating in the event will bring together their perspectives on the topic, highlighting lived experiences across the Commonwealth.  

Get Safe Online CEO Tony Neate comments: “Creating and showcasing attainable pathways into the cybersecurity sector is vital for encouraging and retaining women within our industry and keeping all of us safe in the digital world. Opportunities like this provide key touchpoints for more to hear about the work being done across the globe and how we can come together to make further progress in supporting women achieve their goals in the industry.”  

Since 2018, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has funded, via the Conflict, Stability and Security fund, Get Safe Online’s work with partners across the globe to help millions use the internet safely, securely and with confidence. 

“I’ve been lucky to have worked with some amazing women in tech in my career, from Emma Sinclair – the UK’s youngest person to have floated a company in the UK – to Lindy Cameron, CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre within GCHQ. They, and many others, have been an inspiration to me and it’s absolutely right we are celebrating Women in Tech, including the incredible Sametria McKinney, Director of the National Computer Incident Response Team right here in The Bahamas. The UK’s new Women and Girls Strategy places women (and girls!) at the heart of our approach to international development – I’m pleased to be meeting so many more brilliant women in tech, today!” said Tom Hartley, British High Commissioner, The Bahamas. 

The panellists participating in Get Safe Online’s ‘Celebrating and Championing Women in Cybersecurity’ webinar for International Women’s Day are: 

  • Eleanor Rees, Acting Head of Cyber, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UK 
  • Muriana McPherson, Director, NDMA (National Data Management Authority), Guyana 
  • Sametria McKinney, Director, CIRT-BS (National Computer Incident Response Team of The Bahamas), The Bahamas 
  • Natacha Umutoni, Director, Women at Web, Rwanda 
  • Shaden Alnasser, Distinguished Fellow of the UK-Gulf Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship, Saudi Arabia 
  • Sarah Sawrey-Cookson, Communications Director, Get Safe Online 


For more information about the event, and to register, please visit: 




About Get Safe Online: 

Get Safe Online is an authoritative and widely respected resource designed to help individuals and small businesses stay safe, secure and confident when using the internet. The information and advice provided – on its websites, social media channels, media activities, outreach activities and via its partner channels – is designed to be impartial, practical and easy to follow by all of its target audiences.  

Get Safe Online has, over the last few years, established a network of websites and local representations in 26 countries, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Get Safe Online was established in 2006 and is a not-for-profit organisation. 

About the research: 


The research was conducted by Censuswide, among a sample of 1,000 Females at university who are looking to move into the technology or cybersecurity sector at some point, aged 18+. The data was collected between 31.01.2024 – 08.02.2024. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society and follows the MRS code of conduct and ESOMAR principles. Censuswide is also a member of the British Polling Council. 




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