Computer Science Events

Jan 30

Talk by Manal Al Sharif

Manal Al Sharif is a Saudi-Libyan mother & computer-security professional known for her work in information security will be giving a talk.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
9:50 – 11:00 am / Weitz Center 236

Talk title: "From Mystery to Mastery:  The Journey of an Info Security Professional."

Manal Al Sharif is a Saudi-Libyan mother and computer-security professional known for her work on information security in Saudi and throughout the Gulf long before the west learned of her Women2Drive campaign.  She holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Jamiat Al-Malik Abdulaziz. From 2002 to 2010, she served as an IT systems analyst at Saudi Aramco, an oil and energy company in Saudi Arabia.  She is a pioneer in every way.  The first Saudi woman to specialize in the information security field.  She is the founder and member of the alpha team that conducted the first in-house ethical hacking project that resulted in on-going penetration testing into secure Saudi Aramco’s network and systems.  She led the Saudi Aramco committee that reviewed the first GCC cyber law.  The West became aware of Manal Al Sharif in 2011 when she posted a YouTube video of herself driving, defying Saudi’s ban on women driving.  She was arrested and later released after a groundswell of protest.  Since, she has worked as an advocate for individual rights.  Voted one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers Who Shaped the World Conversation, Arabian Business Magazine’s Top 100 Power Arab Women in 2012, Newsweek Magazine’s Top 150 Fearless Women of the World, Vital Voices Women of 2011, 2012 Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent for her advocacy for Saudi women’s rights, and Fortune Magazine’s #1 Woman Who Rocked the World in 2011.  On her blog, she describes herself as a writer who writes about hot topics in Saudi society, confronting taboos and societal restraints.  She adds that … “God created use free and equal…no one can take that away from you unless you let them.”

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