Combating Federal Government Stereotypes: Diversity in the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 1:15PM - 2:15PM
The threats we face - digital and physical, man-made, technological, and natural - are more complex and the threat actors more diverse, than at any point in our history. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the Nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. CISA is at the heart of mobilizing a collective defense as we lead the Nation’s efforts to understand and manage risk to our critical infrastructure. One such mission is to diversify the cybersecurity workforce. Our partners in this mission span the public and private sectors. We seek to help organizations better manage risk and increase resilience using all available resources, whether provided by the Federal Government, commercial vendors, or their own capabilities. These panelists will demonstrate how they combat federal government stereotypes and share their personal struggles as cybersecurity professionals. Furthermore, the audience will learn how different federal, private, and non-profit actors all contribute to helping build the national capacity to defend against cyber attacks. This cross cutting panel will talk directly to students, aspiring and current cybersecurity professionals, and managers across all levels. Each panelist will provide a 3-5 minutes introduction, followed by an interactive conversation with Q&A from the moderator.
Latasha McCord, Cybersecurity Formal Education Program Lead, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Danielle Santos, Program Manager for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Jennine Gilbeau, Cybersecurity Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Clarence Williams, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs