Francesca Spidalieri: “You must have strong female mentors in cyber security”

In this “Secure in Mind” podcast episode Nick Kelly speak with Francesca Spidalieri on the need for strong female mentors is absolute in order to encourage further female proliferation within the very heavily male-weighted industry

11 Ott 2018

This “Secure in Mind” podcast episode sees Nick Kelly speak with Francesca Spidalieri (the Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University), an incredibly impressive young female leader and influencer in cyber security.

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The need for strong female mentors in the realm of the cybers

Francesca’s work in advising business and government leaders around the world is nothing short of inspirational for anyone in tech but especially for aspiring girls and women looking to enter the field. As Francesca points out several times during the episode, the need for strong female mentors is absolute in order to encourage further female proliferation within the very heavily male-weighted industry. Francesca is a rising global powerhouse in this field so everyone buckle up and enjoy the show!

The teachings in cybersecurity of Francesca Spidalieri

Francesca Spidalieri is the Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, where she leads the Cyber Leadership Research Project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). She is also a cybersecurity consultant for Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, and serves as co-principal investigator for the Potomac Institute’s Cyber Readiness Index 2.0, as a subject-matter expert for the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and as a distinguished fellow for the Ponemon Institute. Francesca teaches graduate courses on cybersecurity for managers and has published extensively on cyber risk management, cyber leadership development, and cybersecurity education and awareness. In addition, she lectures regularly at cyber-related events both in Europe and the U.S. and contributes to journals on cybersecurity matters affecting countries and organizations worldwide.

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Nick Kelly Bio

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collaborating, negotiating, elaborating and celebrating with fascinating people from all walks of life including politics, technology, activism, military and intelligence the world over. He brings this unique breadth of perspective to the table and has a dogged interest in pursuing the human story behind the title or policy, appreciating the fact that underneath all of our bravado, political correctness and dichotomous states of creation and destruction, we are, after all, merely mortals trying to make the best of it.


The production cost of this episode of ‘Secure in Mind’ was supported by aizoOn Technology Consulting.

aizoOn is a global technology consulting company focused on innovation. The digital economy requires new visions, technologies and organisational models. We have taken the eco-system approach: innovation happens through a co-creation process involving government agencies, individuals, public and private entities.

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