Building a Cyber Security Workforce Through Diversity

  • Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

    Keynote remarks by

    Janet Napolitano
    Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

    Introductory remarks by

    Linda W. Hart
    Vice chairman, president, and CEO of the Hart Group, Inc.and CSIS Trustee

    Slide Show:

    Thursday, October 25, 2012



    8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Expert Panel 

    Ellen McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (moderator)

    Rich Baich, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo

    Cynthia Dion-Schwarz, Deputy Assistant Director, Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) at National Science Foundation  

    Karen Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge

    Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Director of Educational Technology, Policy and Outreach, University of Maryland

    Rosemary Wenchel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security Coordination, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Break/Networking

    11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Keynote Address

    Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security

    CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
    Conference Room A/B (basement)

    Cyber-security is a growing sub-field of national security that will require a steady pipeline of talent in the coming years. Women continue to be under-represented in this area. How can public and private sector institutions better attract women for these jobs, and how can women’s leadership opportunities be supported?

    This special event to discusses the importance of diversity in building the cyber security workforce of the future, with a specific focus on women.  This half-day event includes a panel of experts from multiple sectors and will feature a keynote address by Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

    This event:

    • Presents the business case for the critical importance of creating a diverse talent pool in cyber-security;
    • Highlights best practices and lessons learned in recruiting, retaining and advancing women;
    • Inspires young women to consider and pursue cyber-security opportunities;
    • Empowers stakeholders to take on specific actions that will foster create more diversity in their organizations.


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