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One of the most influential minds in tech: Jane Frankland

Jane Frankland

As cybersecurity continues to evolve at a rapid pace amidst recent breaches and security threats, we seek to highlight one of the most prominent leaders in cybersecurity: Jane Frankland. An acclaimed entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and women’s activist.

With over two decades of experience in cybersecurity, Frankland has carved a niche for herself not only through her technical expertise but also through her stout advocacy for gender diversity in tech. Women only hold about 25% of cybersecurity jobs globally; though this number has gotten larger over the years, there is still much progress to be made. Let’s learn more about the barrier-breaking journey of Jane Frankland as she works to shape the future of cybersecurity.

Background & Inspiration

Jane Frankland’s career journey did not always exist in the realm of technology and cybersecurity. In her younger years, she embraced her natural creativity and pursued a life of art and design until she was in her mid-twenties. During this time, she sold artwork to art galleries in New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo, and became nominated as a Young British Designer. As a single mom, Frankland sought to move on to something greater that could help her support her son, and eventually discovered an interest in entrepreneurship. 

Frankland, along with her boyfriend at the time, built a successful seven-figure cybersecurity firm that specialized in ethical hacking. After some obstacles in their relationship and business, she moved on to work at a large assurance company, and then in sales, before she decided to venture into sharing her business and cybersecurity expertise with the world. In 2017, she began conducting research and gathering stories to build her book “IN Security: How a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe,” which was published in 2017.

The IN Security Movement

What sets Jane Frankland apart is her commitment to breaking barriers for women in cybersecurity. Despite the industry's male-dominated landscape, she has consistently advocated for increased female participation and leadership. When she learned of the considerably low numbers of women in cybersecurity, she investigated the issue and wrote her bestselling book, “IN Security: How a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe.” This book not only highlights the systemic issues preventing women from entering and thriving in cybersecurity but also provides actionable solutions to foster a more inclusive environment.

After publishing her book, Frankland continued her research and empowerment of women in cybersecurity through keynote speeches and blogs, as well as introducing initiatives to governments around the world. She began the global IN Security movement, inspired by her new book, as a community-driven effort to address gender disparity in cybersecurity.

“I believe the world will only be safer, happier and more prosperous when there are more women in male dominated fields, like cyber. That's why I work with women and businesses who value them, and am on a mission to make women standard in cyber, not exception.”

Impact & Recognition

Jane Frankland’s contributions have been recognized through various awards and honors. She has been listed among the top influencers in cybersecurity and has received accolades for her advocacy work. In just the last five years, she has won or been shortlisted for over 23 awards; she also serves as an awards judge for over a dozen distinguished tech, cybersecurity, writing, and women-in-business awards globally. 

Frankland is often invited to share her experiences and expertise on entrepreneurship and cybersecurity at different events around the world. In addition, she continues to assist major brands and governments in their initiatives, all in an effort to increase gender diversity in tech. 

Jane Frankland is an expert in her field and a champion for gender equity. Her work has set a precedent for future generations, illustrating that true progress in cybersecurity requires the inclusion and empowerment of all voices. As the industry continues to evolve, Jane Frankland's contributions will undoubtedly remain a cornerstone of its ongoing transformation.



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