Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 01, 2015
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) in partnership with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) today announced Congressional sponsorship of a National Town Hall Meeting on Minority Underrepresentation in Cybersecurity. The meeting will be held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month on October 7, 2015 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill.
The inaugural National Town Hall meeting, which will feature a keynote address by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and speakers from DHS and the U.S. House of Representatives, will bring together government agency officials, elected members of the House and their senior staffers, as well as members of academia and cybersecurity experts from across various industry sectors. These esteemed thought-leaders will kick-start a series of expert panel and audience-driven discussions focused on one of the most critical cybersecurity work force issues faced by the nation today – the gross underrepresentation of minorities.
Cybersecurity has been identified as one of today’s most serious economic and national security challenges. However, there is glaring underrepresentation of women and other historically marginalized minority groups, specifically African Americans and Hispanics, in the fast-growing discipline.
To improve the quality and efficacy of cybersecurity legislation aimed at increasing the representation of women and other minority groups, policymakers must be educated on the issues and specific challenges facing these unrepresented groups beginning with secondary school (K-12) continuing through university and within the organizations.
For more information and event RSVP please visit https://icmcp.org/2015townhall/
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It began official operations in September 2014 and is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to provide members with educational/technical scholarships, mentoring opportunities, professional development and networking. For more information visit: http://www.icmcp.org
The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT – http://www.icitech.org) is a non-partisan Think Tank based in Washington D.C. that acts as a conduit between the legislative community, technology providers, and federal agencies. ICIT Fellows advise legislative community, federal agency and critical infrastructure stakeholders on technology and cybersecurity priorities through published briefs, legislative briefings and other thought leadership forums. For more information visit http://www.icitech.org