In an era of computing dominated by software, the hardware is striking back with a vengeance via vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre. Together they affect the central processing units (CPUs) in the majority of computers and devices manufactured in the past decade, from the largest servers down to the smallest mobile devices.
When thinking about Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Operational Technology (OT), what may first come to mind is the critical national infrastructure that we all rely on every day. From power stations and water treatment plants, to surface and subsurface transportation networks – the cyber security of these systems is vital and, without them, our society would cease to function as it does today.
The Deloitte Women in Cyber (WiC) initiative is a network of professionals dedicated to addressing a range of issues, including the need for diversity in cyber security (e.g. research suggests that women account for only 11% of the global cyber security workforce1). Activities include engagement with schools and universities and holding events across Europe to promote greater diversity.