Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 03, 2016
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) today announced that Alberto Yépez, managing director at Trident Capital Cybersecurity and chairman of the Board of AlienVault, Mocana and Neohapsis, will lead a panel of industry luminaries at the first-ever National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals being held March 23-24 in Washington, DC. The conference, sponsored by the ICMCP, aims to elevate the national dialogue on the necessary strategic, tactical and operational imperatives needed to attract and develop minority cybersecurity practitioners.
The conference will focus on the public, private, academic and legislative components necessary for building a pipeline of diverse practitioners critical to addressing the cybersecurity industry skills shortage.
In addition to his board work on behalf of Trident, Yepez is on the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco and is chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). As Chairman of HITEC, Yepez oversees a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and IT executives who have built outstanding careers in information technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter and information technology-centric world.
Yepez, who is vocal about increasing the number of minority partners and entrepreneurs in the National Venture Capital Association, is also a co-founder of HispanicNet, a networking community of 20,000 Hispanic leaders worldwide.
“Cybersecurity offers an alluring career for all minorities because it is an international market with lots of high-paying jobs requiring diversity and an understanding of broad issues,” Yepez said. He added that Hispanics have keen insights into addressing cybersecurity issues, which is underscored by Trident Capital Cybersecurity’s investment in AlienVault, a Spanish company he helped relocate to America.
“Hispanics and other minorities must first undergo extensive and rigorous training," Yepez said. “We can try to bring minority leaders into the fold but if they are not adequately trained, there is no talent base.”
There are obvious synergies between ICMCP’s mission, vision and strategies and those of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) with the common thread being increasing the number of diverse minority practitioners at all levels of the information technology and cybersecurity landscape.
On the panel, Yepez joins James Mobley, vice president of Cisco Security Solutions Group (CSS) and former president & CEO of Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco); Rebecca Bace, chief strategist of the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security (CFITS) at the University of South Alabama and former president/CEO Infidel Inc., and Patricia Hatter, senior vice president of operations and Intel’s chief information officer. Moderating the panel will be Julian Waits, the chairman of ICMCP’s Strategic Advisory Board and president & CEO of CyberPointRA and former president and CEO of ThreatTrack Security.
The response and financial support from the cybersecurity industry for the conference has been overwhelmingly positive. Many prominent people from the private and private sectors and academia have confirmed they will attend the event.
The ICMCP, launched in 2014, is a volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ICMCP is working to bridge the minority gap in the cybersecurity sector by providing scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs targeting women and minority cybersecurity professionals worldwide and by promoting academic and technical excellence in the industry.