Mountain View, California (PRWEB) July 20, 2016
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) today announced global cybersecurity leader Symantec Corporation will sponsor the first ICMCP West Coast Summit on minority underrepresentation in cybersecurity. The summit will be held on October 6th during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Symantec headquarters in Mountain View, CA from 12-6pm PST.
The West Coast Summit will bring together technology and security leaders in Silicon Valley. The summit builds on the success of the inaugural ICMCP National Conference held in Washington D.C. in March and the earlier D.C. town hall meeting hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson. It will provide another opportunity to expand the dialogue on the necessary strategic, tactical and operational imperatives needed to attract and develop minority cybersecurity practitioners.
During the one-day summit, security thought leaders will hold a series of expert panel and audience-driven discussions, and examine ways to further the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity has been identified as one of today’s most serious economic and national security challenges. There is a glaring underrepresentation of women and other historically marginalized minority groups, specifically African Americans and Hispanics, in the fast-growing discipline (https://niccs.us-cert.gov/home/women-minorities). Despite the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals, it remains an area where there is a significant shortage of skilled practitioners. The ICMCP scholarship awards, including voucher certification programs, were established to promote the inclusion of underrepresented and untapped minorities in the next generation of cybersecurity practitioners.
For more information and to register for the event please visit http://icmcp.org/icmcpwest2016
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.
Symantec Corporation is the global leader in cybersecurity. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives.