Women in Cybersecurity Event Comes to Tucson March 31 and April 1

Women in Cybersecurity Event Comes to Tucson  March 31 and April 1
February 20, 2017
WiCyS supports recruiting, retaining and advancing women in cybersecurity – UA Eller College is hosting the event at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort

TUCSON, Ariz. – Feb. 20, 2017 – Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) announced details today of its 4th Annual Women in Cybersecurity event being held Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., in Tucson. The event, which is hosted by the Department of MIS at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, is open to both seasoned professionals and those wanting to learn more about careers in cybersecurity. This is the first time the Women in Cybersecurity event is being held in Tucson. 

WiCyS is regarded as the forum for women to expand their opportunities in the field of cybersecurity. It was launched in 2013 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Director, Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center, Tennessee Tech University, as a collaborative project between Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis and Jackson State Community College. 

“WiCyS continues to innovatively expand its mission to bring together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry,” Dr. Siraj said. “This event is exclusively designed as the forum for speakers and guests to exchange knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring to raise interest in the fascinating and lucrative field of cybersecurity. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate.”

Dr. Hsinchun Chen, 2017 Conference co-chair, serves as UA Eller College’s Regents’ Professor of MIS, Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology, and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. UA Eller College and the MIS Department house the largest cybersecurity fellowship program in the nation under the National Science Foundation ($5 million over five years), and the department has been actively involved in fostering education and research for under-represented groups, such as Women in Cybersecurity. 

“This past year put a spotlight on the need for qualified cybersecurity professionals,” Dr. Chen said. “Not only do government entities need to worry about cyber breaches, but businesses of all sizes are also at risk. There is a severe labor shortage, and women make up just 11 percent of the world’s information security workforce. We hope this event will inspire more women to explore this growing field.”

Speakers for this year’s event are: 

  • Dr. Annie Anton, Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Cisco
  • Jenn L. Henley, Director of Security, Facebook
  • Linda R. Medler, Director of Cyber, Raytheon Missile Systems Advanced Missile Systems
  • Diane Miller, Director of InfoSec Operations and Identity Management, Northrop Grumman
  • J. Radowicz, Security Engineer, Google
  • Rinki Sethi, Senior Director of Security Operations and Strategy, Palo Alto Networks
  • D. Renee Tarun, Deputy Special Assistant to the Director / Deputy Director, NSA for Cyber / National Security Agency’s Cyber Task Force
  • Wendi Whitmore, Global Lead, IBM X-Force Security Services

The conference includes keynote presentations, workshops, poster competitions, mentoring sessions and a career fair.

This year’s corporate sponsors include Facebook, Cisco, Fidelity Investments, Raytheon, Palo Alto Networks, IBM, Target, Endgame, the CyberWire, Google, CyberSecJobs.com, and CyberTraining 365.

Supporting academic and government institutions include Eller College of Management, the University of Arizona, Department of Homeland Security, Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group, Rochester Institute of Technology, Indiana University, University of Texas Dallas, ACM SIGSAC, Mississippi State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbus State University, SANS, CISSE and Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

Tickets cost $150 for academic participants and $350 for non-academic participants. To register, visit https://www.csc.tntech.edu/wicys/register/

To learn more about UA Eller College’s MIS department, visit https://mis.eller.arizona.edu/.


Local Media Contacts

Women in Cybersecurity: Anji Siegel, (520) 626-2926, anjis@email.arizona.edu

UA Eller College: Sue Kern-Fleischer, (602) 810-1404, suekern@gmail.com, news@eller.arizona.edu 


About Women in Cybersecurity

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). Since 2014, with additional support from industry, government and academic partners, WiCyS has become the premier event to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. WiCyS brings together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Beyond the annual conference, WiCyS is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.


About UA Eller’s MIS Department

Since pioneering one of the nation's first Management Information Systems (MIS) curriculums in 1974, the MIS Department at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management has become a leader in IT education and research. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the MIS department as a top-five program for over 28 consecutive years since the inception of the rankings in 1989 - making it one of only three programs nationwide to maintain this status.

With more than $85 million in research grants,  state and industry support, the Eller MIS program has initiated and participated in cutting edge research in big data analytics, cybersecurity, group systems, artificial intelligence, and data management projects while educating more than 4,500 undergraduate, 1,550 graduate and 200 doctoral students.


About the Eller College

Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 15 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

Press Contacts:

Amy Schmitz
520.626.9547, aeschmitz@email.arizona.edu
Sue Kern-Fleischer
602.810.1404, news@eller.arizona.edu