Biography Study | Jane Franklin

Author: Eghosa Agbonkina

Jane Frankland (born April 1968) is an English cybsecurity expert, entrepreneur, and author. She is the founder of “IN security Movement” and author of a book, In Security-Why a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is making us all less safe.
Frankland has a degree in art and design. Before entering cybersecurity, she worked as a freelance textile designer. When she became pregnant with her first child, she moved to a career in sales to increase her income to support herself as a single mother. In 1997 a boyfriend who worked in technology suggested they start a cyber security consultancy business together. She later sold the business to her partner. In 2015, she read a study that reported the representation of women in the industry had been declining and started writing about women in the industry, which turned into a book deal. She worked with Tech Talent Academy, a Birmingham organization that provides technological training to women and minorities. She started another company, KnewStart, to provide consultancy to successful startups looking to increase their scale.

In June 2018, after she made comments criticizing the use of “booth babes” at industry events, she was the subject of backlash on social media. When she wrote about the experienced, she was contacted by women who had experienced sexual harassment or assault at such events and whose complaints to event organizers had been dismissed. Frankland developed a set of recommended policies around sexual harassment for industry events.

Jane Frankland is an award-winning leader, author, and women’s activist in cybersecurity. She is recognised for her authority by Wikipedia and LinkedIn, is regularly featured as a top global influencer, and UNESCO has called her a trailblazing woman in tech. As the best-selling author of ‘IN Security: why a failure to attract and retain women in cybersecurity is causing us to be less safe’ (Rethink Press), Jane has become the world’s leading authority on this topic. Jane began her career in cybersecurity over two decades ago by building her own global ethical hacking consultancy.

Jane Frankland’s speaking engagements focus on the work she does around gender diversity in tech, cybersecurity and sustainability, and the future of cybersecurity. She is regularly called upon to share her thought leadership and has been featured in the Sunday Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Forbes and industry press, and on the BBC’s The Longview, and Radio 4’s Today programme.


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