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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.