TechInAfrica – This year’s HackFest is no different for Microsoft- the giant company through its Cloud and AI Security Engineering team, reminded itself and the attendees, about its unwavering commitment in advocating for women who pursue an interest in security engineering.
The event, which is annually held by SheHacks, this time on Strathmore Business School, relive the organization’s commitment to support, develop, sponsor, and advocate for women with their security engineering interest. Founded by Evelyn Kilel and Laura Tich, the community looks forward to bridging the skills and gender gap in information security. The women founders noted the need for more support dedicated to the youths of Kenya, as they stated,
“Since we founded this initiative, we have seen tremendous growth in the number of women and young people who want to take part. This year alone, we are hosting close to 300 young ladies from Kenya to equip and empower them with the required technical know-how to combat cyber-crime.”
Among the speakers for the event are Hayden Hainsworth, General Manager for Cybersecurity Engineering at Microsoft and Pratik Roy Modern Workplace and Security Business Group Lead for Microsoft in North, West, East, Southern Africa, Levant & Pakistan, both of whom were delighted with the partnership Microsoft has created with SheHacks.
“We are really delighted to be partnering with SheHacks for this year’s Hackathon, with a focus to prepare women to thrive in the technology industry. We want to make it easy for anyone to take their next step forward in technology,” Hainsworth explained, while also highlighting the effect of the strategic partnerships and events, which help developing competency in tackling the cyber threats, in a tech ecosystem bound to rapidly evolve.
“My mission is geared towards empowering our customers and partners to get and stay secure on their journey to cloud while inspiring the next generation of cybersecurity engineers,” She added.
With over 46 million people having access to the internet, as noted by Pratik, Kenya has been a country with one of the highest numbers of users, with growing numbers of cyber criminals act due to inadequate measures of cybersecurity in key sectors.
”Our collaboration with SheHacks provides a great opportunity to empower more youth with the right skills – most urgent cybersecurity skills to accelerate digital success in the region.