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Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is significant shortage of skilled professionals regionally, nationally and internationally. Even worse, women’s representation in this male-dominated field of security is alarmingly low

The WiCyS initiative was launched in 2013 with support from a National Science Foundation grant (Award #1303441, Lead PI: Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Computer Science, Tennessee Tech University) for a collaborative project between Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis (Dr. Judith Simon) and Jackson State Community College (Dr. Tom Pigg and Ms. Lisa Matlock). Since then, with support from various industry, government and academic partners, WiCyS has become a continuing effort to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. It brings together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring.

Through the WiCyS community and activities we expect to raise awareness about the importance and nature of cybersecurity career. We hope to generate interest among students to consider cybersecurity as a viable and promising career option. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate. Beyond the annual conference, WiCyS is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.

 
 

WICYS CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

  • Dr. Ambareen Siraj (Founder and Conference Chair)
    Professor, Computer Science, Tennessee Tech University
  • Dr. Janell Straach (Co-chair)
    Senior Lecturer, Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dr. Ray Trygstad (2018 Co-chair)
    Industry Professor of Information Technology and Management, Illinois Institute of Technology
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WICYS 2018 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Dr. Patricia A. McQuaid
Professor of Information Systems, California Polytechnic State University

Rinki Sethi
Palo Alto Networks

Dr. Helen Barker
VP Academic Affairs, Capitol Technology University

Michael Tu
Associate Professor, Purdue University Northwest

Keshanna Cooley
Sr. Cybersecurity Strategist, Office of the Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity & Communications, DHS

 

Chris Carlson
Cyber Security – Engineering Director, Target

Dr. Sumita Mishra
Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

Lori Pfannenstein
CAE in Cyber Defense Program Manager at NSA

Heather Ricciuto
Academic Outreach Leader, IBM Security

Lily Yang
Intel

Dr. Ashley Podhradksy (PC Chair)
Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University

Dr. Di Ma
University of Michigan – Dearborn

 

WORKSHOP COMMITTEE

Andreina Reyes
Spectrum Health Systems- Correctional Division 

 

Kim Milford
Executive Director, REN-ISAC

 

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

Dr. Pushpa Kumar
University of Texas at Dallas TX

Diah Nasution
Cybersecurity Software Developer, Fidelity Investment

Dr. Amelia Estwick
Program Director, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College

Dr. Jing Chen
Old Dominion University

Tolu Onireti
Cybersecurity Manager, EY

Dr. Leslie C. Leonard
Computer Scientist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Dr. Kelley Misata
Sightline Security

Anahita Davoudi
University of Central Florida

Chris Lannin
GenCyber Evaluator (Dark Enterprises) & Media Specialist (Kasson-Mantorville High School)

Dr. Alicia Pearlman
Schoolcraft College

POSTER SESSION COMMITTEE

Dr. Chutima Boonthum-Denecke
Associate Professor, Hampton University

Dr. Debra A. Nakama
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Hawaii Maui College

Bridget Pelletier-Ross
Cyber Security Engineer, Facebook

Joan Soo Li Lim
Researcher, University of Toronto

 

OUTREACH LEAD

Jennifer Eiben
Director of Community Outreach and Social Media Editor, CyberWire

SPEED MENTORING SESSION COMMITTEE

Kaitlyn Bestenheider
Cyber Technologies Teacher, Rockland BOCES & Graduate Student, Pace University

Andrea Frost
Engineer, ActionSprout

CAREER FAIR COMMITTEE

Kathleen Smith
Kathleen Smith, CMO, ClearedJobs.Net/CyberSecJobs.com

Katie Kennedy
Research Analyst, Cogito Corporation

LOGISTICS COMMITTEE

Angela Jarka
Assistant Department Coordinator, Illinois Institute of Technology

Amber Chatellier
Department Manager, Illinois Institute of Technology

Suzanne Henry
Contract Compliance Assistant, Tennessee Tech

Lana Richardson
Financial Analyst, Tennessee Tech

 

RESEARCH LAB LIASION

Elena Peterson
Senior Cyber Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

SFS LIAISON

Kathy Roberson
SFS Program Manager, OPM

CISSE LIAISON

Tamara Shoemaker
Operations Manager, CISSE

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Jennie Kam
Security Researcher, Cisco

Candace Fukuda
Information Security Event Manager, Facebook