Morgan Zantua, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation Program Director
Ten years ago, I remember sitting at my desk at work and opening an invitation to a conference for a new NSF funded conference project, Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS). While I was unable to attend the inaugural event, I participated in conference calls, and eventually attended two conferences, first in Atlanta, 2015 and then Dallas, 2016. The vision of Dr. Ambareen Sirja, WiCyS (pronounced WEE-SIS) grew from a grant-funded conference to a vibrant organization.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet Ambareen at multiple conferences and understand her passion to bring equity and opportunity for women into the technology fields. In 2013 women comprised 10% of the Cybersecurity Workforce. By 2025 projections indicate women will comprise 25% of the global cybersecurity workforce.
WICyS is an organization leading the charge to tip the balance of women entering cybersecurity and technology. The WiCyS Mission Statement is:
At WiCyS, a global community of women, allies, and advocates, we are dedicated to bringing talented women together to celebrate and foster their passion and drive for cybersecurity. We unite local communities of aspiring and thriving women cybersecurity professionals across the world to collaborate, share their knowledge, network, and mentor. We create opportunities through professional development programs, conferences, career fairs, and more.
At the end of the Fall Quarter my student workers, Gabby Wargin and Winter Wells wanted to form a WiCyS student chapter. This Monday, we are holding the first meeting to elect officers and establish the chapter with WiCyS and the City University of Seattle. While you don’t have to be a woman to join WiCyS, you do need to be a woman to hold office.
If you are unable to attend the meeting and interested in participating in the CityU WiCyS Chapter, contact C4CyI@cityu.edu Subject Line: WiCyS.
Please congratulate Gabby Wargin and Dan Montague on passing the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).
February Presenters Founders, leaders & innovators share their passion & new tech through 5-minute presentations & 3 minutes of your Q&A.
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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.
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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.
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
Important Update: Meetings have been moved to Fridays at 3:00 PDT via MS Teams.
Cybersecurity Club open roles are:
For more information about each role, please contact Dan Montague
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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.