It was great to participate in the Ditact women’s IT studies (Aug 20 – Sept 1, 2018) in Salzburg. Both as a lecturer and as a participant. 208 female participants were able to choose from more than 50 course offers. It could be chosen from the modules: Data Protection, IT Security and Privacy, Machine Learning, Web and Introduction to Computer Science and many more.
I addition there were a lot of interesting lunch lectures, e.g. „Medicine meets Artificial Intelligence ‑ Neural Networks & Smarter Diagnosis“ held by Dr. Jana Kemnitz.
With my lecture: “Is the password dead? Safe authentication methods” I hit the nerve of the time. In everyday life, as well as in business life, secure authentication procedures become more and more urgent. But the users are largely left to their own devices to ensure that everything is safe. I gave an overview of the currently available authentication methods and a country comparison between Sweden, Austria and Germany. Because of the abundance of my facts, many practical tests of multiple factor authentication, and the urgency of the topic, I would like to extend my lecture to a whole course day next year.
Instead of course materials I designed a website (https://ccc.ziske.de). For that I’ve quickly taught myself WordPress. I was very happy to be able to deepen my knowledge in the course <Wordpress compact> to be better prepared for the next work on this website.
During the opening event, the keynote and subsequent panel discussion were about identifying ways to get more women interested in IT, and how mono-educational computer science programs favored the influx. In sum, the overall picture of the discussion and contributions showed that women’s degree programs in IT and computer science study courses still make sense.