Who we are

The Women2Hack Academy is aspiring to be Australia's first social enterprise dedicated to finding and nurturing women leaders in cybersecurity through mentorship, leadership, and technical training programs.

The Opportunity

Higher ROI

Global cost of cybercrime will grow from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion annually by 2021

Most on demand

Australia only has 7% of the cybersecurity expertise that it needs

1 in 10

Women comprise only 11% of the information security workforce

zero unemployment

Cybersecurity job posting will rise to 6 million by 2020

The Methodology


We partner with academic institutes and tech companies

Women in Tech

We find women with leadership characteristics and introduce them to cybersecurity

3 month bootcamp

Each cohort will go through an extensive leadership program that matches them with mentors and tech companies


Women graduate as entry-level information security analysts 

The Academy Framework

Dynamic & Purpose-driven

The framework is agile and receives continuous feedback from women practitioners in the industry


Every cycle of the program is measured against a set of KPIs


The framework makes it easy to use it across different industries


It can easily take 1 participant to 100 based on the available resources and timeframe alocated to each cohort

The Founder

Manal al-Sharif

Manal believes that a career should be purpose-driven, this is why she quit her corporate job with one of the big four in Sydney and established what she aspires to be Australia's first social enterprise dedicated to creating future women leaders in cybersecurity.


She is CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, and Certified Ethical Hacker. For her digital and social activism, she has been mentioned on lists such as Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech, Newsweek's world’s top ten Digital Revolutionaries, Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers, and won the inauguration Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. She is a TED, WIRED, Harvard, and UN speaker and regular contributor for the NY Times and the Washington Post.

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