Mrs. Heide Young
Based in the UAE as Head of Cyber Security Strategy, creating innovative essential cyber security strategies and practices required for teams to securely function. Heide is also a Founding Partner of Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME), established in March 2018 by nine women. Previously based in Australia, she was part of the leadership team for Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) while also being a FITT (Females in IT&T) Mentor. Her career path evolved from chasing her diverse passions and not being afraid of change. Resulting in over fifteen years' experience spanning across three continents within varying fields across diverse cultures, organically transpiring to where she is today. Heide’s own journey into the cyber security field arose from pursuing the field later in her career. Shewas not made aware of the importance of cyber security nor presented with opportunities in her youth education, nor her early career to engage in the field; Heide sought out and pursued these opportunities herself. Using her own experiences within the gender imbalanced cyber security field, she is dedicated to increase female presence in cyber security through her mentoring, volunteer activities and outreach programs she champions. She is committed to demystifying cyber security and the careers within, so that young girls and women have the opportunity presented to them on how to get involved in cyber security, contribute and be heard. Outside of cyber security, one of her other passions is learning foreign languages and encouraging others to learn. This led Heide to write the first Arabic children’s book written in Arabic, English, and phonetic Arabic. Meaning that even if you cannot read the Arabic traditional words, you can still read the phonetic words and learn how to speak Arabic. Speak in Arabic Together, available in major bookstores across the UAE.