Yiota Nicolaidou is on a mission to eliminate terrorist and information security attacks (both cyber and physical) on businesses, by demystifying security and simplifying protection for businesses. Yiota is a former Communications Affairs Attaché for the Cyprus government, a Safety Critical Infrastructures adviser and Director of an operations Regional Control Centre for the Cyprus Civil Defense, information security analyst & strategist for the CyCSO NPO and finally, the founder of Y. Secure World Vision, an international company enabling businesses to protect their valuable assets. Trained in Safety Critical Systems and Highly Classified Information, Yiota was mentored by Professor Dhiraj Pradhan, an ACM award winner and adviser, amongst others to NASA. Prof Pradhan identified Yiota as the best student he has ever seen in his career. Her academic qualifications include a degree in Hardware Design, a master’s in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering with further specialisation in fault tolerance, hardware security, usable security & human brain functionality. Her expertise has been sought by top semiconductor companies, Boeing, the European Space Agency, Europol, and governmental agencies fighting cyber-terrorism. She has undertaken government-based “safety critical infrastructure” re-design related to public protection and the state. She also helps non-profit organisations by supplying them with the required technological tools. Yiota has been selected to be featured as an inspirational role model for women in Cyprus by the SHE EXPERTS initiative.
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