Abertay PhD student Tayyaba Nafees won a coveted SWiT (Scottish Women in Technology) Award at a glitzy ceremony held in Glasgow on 24th October.
The SWiT Awards, now in their tenth year, are sponsored by global brands Amazon, Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan, and hosted by Scottish Women in Tech to celebrate and provide a platform for trailblazing women working in technology.
At the ceremony, accompanied by her PhD supervisor, Abertay's Head of Cyber Security Natalie Coull, Tayyaba received the Rising Star award in recognition of her growing business CyberShell Solutions.
"This Award has allowed me to connect with Scotland's female leaders in technology and innovation, who are hugely motivated and inspiring." - Tayyaba Nafees
CyberShell is being developed to help the software industry spot vulnerabilities in the early software design stages, using hi-tech cybersecurity information and analysis to try and avoid costly and damaging data breaches further down the line.
[L-R] Natalie Coull, Lorna Edwards, Simon Fraser, Tayyaba, Dr Faheem Haider
Tayyaba said: "For me to even be nominated is a huge achievement and I'm so honoured to have won. This Award has also allowed me to connect with Scotland's female leaders in technology and innovation, who are hugely motivated and inspiring."
This award marks yet another accolade in a series of successes for Tayyaba, who, this year alone, has presented on cybersecurity and resilience to Scottish MSPs and policymakers at Parliament, driven CyberShell Solutions to the Converge Challenge finals, secured a prestigious RSE Enterprise Fellowship, and been shortlisted for two Scottish Cyber Awards.