Message From Leadership

Morgan Zantua 

Morgan Zantua, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation Program Director 

Welcome to week three. By now, if you are like me, I am reviewing my New Year’s resolutions and assessing which ones I can maintain. As a die-hard resolution maker, I take the approach, “if at first you don’t succeed, develop new strategies and try again.”  

Here are tips, Brain Hacks[i], to help you realize your New Year’s Resolutions.  First, try temptation bundling. Match something you like to do with something you “must” do. Getting your exercise routine completed while listening to a favorite POD Cast is one example. Second, break big goals into small achievable units. Studying for an industry certification can feel overwhelming. Instead of thinking you must study 50 hours to pass the certification, break study time into 30-minute daily segments.  Third, make it fun! Competitions and gamification are proven ways to have fun and master skills. Whether you participate in the National Cyber League, the CAE Games, or Tryhackme, WhatTheHack, you are deepening your learning, building skills you can validate through competitions, and improving interview opportunities.  Fourth, realize you are making an investment in your future success by dedicating your time to implementing these BRAIN Hacks. Realize that technology hiring managers look for candidates who go “above and beyond” to learn outside the classroom.  

My final Brain Hack tip: focus on your successes. not your failures. Regroup and try again until you do succeed. Start your resolutions tied to special dates, birthdays, new year’s, or the start of a cycle to motivate change. The point of this tip is to never give up! The mark of a true warrior is she/he/them who can conquer herself/himself/themself.  


 [i] Retrieved from: 15:30 seconds into the podcast.  


Career News

The Cybersecurity Talent Shortage: The Outlook For 2023
CIO Dive, January 13

The cybersecurity talent gap will remain an ongoing challenge in 2023, with organizations struggling to fill open cybersecurity jobs. The global cybersecurity workforce grew to 4.7 million people in 2022, reaching its highest-ever levels, according to a new study. However, the same study found that there is still a need for more than 3.4 million security professionals, an increase of over 26% from 2021. The demand for cybersecurity is greater than ever due to an evolving threat landscape. However, the available potential workforce is not keeping pace with that demand, largely because of a lack of interest from young people entering the job market.

The tech industry often blames the lack of interest in cybersecurity among current college students and recent graduates on an insufficient STEM curriculum. Too many current and former students lack adequate skills in math and science, which prevents them from qualifying for advanced programs in technology that could steer them towards cybersecurity careers. As a result, many managers report that the main problem with closing the talent gap has more to do with skills rather than with the recruiting of cyber professionals. Too many organizations hiring cybersecurity talent are looking for candidates who are able to check off every single box on the application form.

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Upcoming Events



The second New Tech Seattle meetup of 2023 is  on Thursday, February 9th at 5:00 PM. 

February Presenters Founders, leaders & innovators share their passion & new tech through 5-minute presentations & 3 minutes of your Q&A.

  • D Sangeeta, Founder & CEO, Gotara (Women in STEM) 
  • Matthew Skeels, Co-Founder & CEO, Chiplytics (microelectronics supply chain)
  • Darin Herle, VP of Global Staffing, Cosmogence (AI powered hiring platform)

Tickets: $10 registration fee Day of event @the door $20. Get your tickets

Use promo code asparagus to attend for free!

WiCyS 2023

Women in CyberSecurity is holding their annual conference on March 16-18, 2023 in Denver, Colorado!

Students MUST apply for a WiCyS scholarship to attend the conference (there is no general WiCyS 2023 registration for students) and have to be a current WiCyS student member to apply. For more information and to apply for a scholarship click here.

The National Initiative for CyberSecurity’s education holds its national conference from June 5-7.  The NICE Conference will be held in Seattle, WA. 

Watch this spot for more opportunities to be involved in this national conference.

Click here to view our monthly calendar 

Missed out on an Invited Talk or Tech Talk?

Check out the C4CYI YouTube Channel for STC recorded Invited Talks and events. Explore ACM Tech Talks and the ACM website to watch their free informative Tech Talks. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. You can find record CAE Tech talks here. For questions on CAE Tech Talk, please send them email.


Club Announcements

Cybersecurity Club

Anyone curious or interested in Cybersecurity is welcome to join! The club is also open to alumni, we encourage all current and future alumni to attend the meetings.

We have launched our Breach of the Week program! Each week, one club member presents a breach or aspect of current cyber events to the club in 3-5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills and gain
constructive feedback.

Important Update: Meetings have been moved to Fridays at 3:00 PDT via MS Teams

Cybersecurity Club open roles are:

  • VP of Operations 
  • VP of Administration/Secretary

For more information about each role, please contact Dan Montague

Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity Hub Events

Competitions & Challenges


NCL – Join the competition – starting January 30th 2023



STC Tech Club

STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share their expertise or project, please contact Adrian ParkerClick here to join. Everyone is invited!

Data Science Club

The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PDT. You can join our meetings using the link here. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP!

Please reach out to the club president, Mahathi Vucha, with any questions.

Google Developer Student Club

Click here for information about the Google Developer Student Club – City University of Seattle Chapter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at

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