National Cybersecurity Institute Launches "Initiative for Women in Cybersecurity"

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Through IWICS, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) will offer support and solutions to women interested in a career in the field of cybersecurity.

The National Cybersecurity Institute's Initiative for Women in Cyber Security (IWICS)

The cybersecurity field offers women a tremendous opportunity to become agents for positive change in society and role models for both their peers in the field and aspiring young women thinking about their future career options...

The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) announces the launch of its Initiative for Women in Cybersecurity (IWICS). The goal of IWICS is to offer support and solutions to women in the cybersecurity field, including skills training and best practices for helping understand and influence perceptions on the potential of women in STEM fields.

Starting this spring, NCI will launch a series of webinars, podcasts, and contributed articles exploring a variety of empowerment and leadership issues for women navigating the field of cybersecurity. The monthly podcast series, Women in Cybersecurity Leadership, will feature interviews with senior executive women within various areas of critical infrastructure in the cybersecurity field.

IWICS will be led by Dr. Jane LeClair, COO, NCI, a lifelong advocate for increasing and retaining more women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

“With the scarcity of talent in the market, the cyber security field offers women a tremendous opportunity to become agents for positive change in society and role models for both their peers in the field and aspiring young women thinking about their future career options,” said Dr. LeClair.

Dr. LeClair will be joined on the IWICS leadership team by a distinguished group of women educators and technology leaders including:

  • Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley, department coordinator of the Information System Security program at Forsyth Technical Community College, and an NCI fellow
  • Dr. Denise Pheils, professor, Owens Community College, and an NCI fellow
  • Levorn B. Smalley, industry navigator IT/cybersecurity, Anne Arundel, Workforce Development Corporation
  • Catherine W. Sanz, president, WIFLE Foundation, Inc.
  • Dr. Li-fang Shih, associate dean of technology, Excelsior College
  • Dr. Sherly Abraham, faculty program director for IT and cybersecurity, Excelsior College
  • Cynthia Van Der Kooi, senior technical project manager, Innovative Solutions

For more information, visit the National Cybersecurity Institute. To learn more about women making a difference in the cyber security field, visit the NCI's blog. The institute also offers a “Today in Cybersecurity” podcast series exploring contemporary cybersecurity issues and challenges.

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National Cybersecurity Institute (nationalcybersecurityinstitute.org)
National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College is an academic and research center based in Washington, DC dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cyber security policy, technology, and education.

Excelsior (http://www.excelsior.edu)
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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