WiCyS 2017 - 4th National Women in Cybersecurity Conference

Tucson AZ

Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2017

Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is significant shortage of skilled professionals regionally, nationally and internationally. Even worse, women’s representation in this male-dominated field of security is alarmingly low. 

WiCyS strated with a National Science Foundation grant (Award #1303441, Lead PI: Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Computer Science, Tennessee Tech University) as a collaborative project between Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis, and Jackson State Community College. Since then, with support from various industry, government and academic partners, WiCyS has become a continuing effort to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. It brings together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. 

Through the WiCyS community and activities we expect to raise awareness about the importance and nature of cybersecurity career. We hope to generate interest among students to consider cybersecurity as a viable and promising career option. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate. Beyond the annual conference, WiCyS is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.0

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Dana Dachman-Soled

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland

Bio: She is affiliated with the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. She is supported in part by an NSF CAREER award, a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement award, a financial assistance award from NIST and a research partnership award from Cisco. She is also the recipient of a Summer 2016 Research and Scholarship (RASA) award. Prior to joining University of Maryland, she spent two years as a postdoc at Microsoft Research New England. Before that, she completed her PhD at Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Tal Malkin. Her research interests are in cryptography, complexity theory and security. She has broad interests in cryptography including security against physical attacks, post-quantum cryptography, secure multiparty computation, and black-box complexity. She is also interested in property testing of Boolean functions and cryptographic hardness of learning.

Diane Miller

Director of InfoSec Opera ons and Iden ty Management, Northrop Grumman

Bio: Diane Miller is the director of InfoSec Operations and Identity Management at Northrop Grumman and director, Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development Programs for the company. As director, Infosec Operations and Identity Management, Ms. Miller ensures effective operational leadership of the Information Security function for Northrop Grumman’s Global Network and leads all aspects of both assured identity and identity provisioning for the company’s employees and business partners. As director, Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development Programs, Ms. Miller is the focal point for the corporation’s global cybersecurity education, outreach and workforce development initiatives. She leads the Northrop Grumman Foundation’s role as presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education program created by the Air Force Association, and manages the company’s role – in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK – to run CyberCenturion, the UK’s first team-based cyber competition for 12 – 18-year olds. She also leads the company’s role in CyberArabia, a cyber competition and training session for students across Saudi universities. Ms. Miller is a nationally recognized speaker on the need to educate and develop a diverse highly-talented cyber workforce. She is active in numerous federal and state/local boards, academic institutions and not-for-profit entities and participates in several public-private partnerships to advance global STEM and cyber workforce initiatives. Previously, Ms. Miller was the group director of Programs for the Enterprise Infrastructure group of Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector. In this role, Ms. Miller increased stakeholder value through excellent program performance. She was responsible for establishing the processes, methods and tools that enable quantitative management and successful execution of our complex programs. She was also responsible for ensuring alignment of program management capabilities with current and future business needs. Ms. Miller has more than 30 years of experience in the development of client solutions through the application of information technologies. Ms. Miller is an experienced leader in organizational change and strategic improvement using key initiatives such as Program Management Body of Knowledge (PM BOK), Mission Assurance, Lean Six Sigma, CMMI Level 5, AS9100 and ISO 9001:2000. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 1985, Ms. Miller was a senior systems analyst at McDonnell Douglas, serving as engineering-manufacturing interface for automated electrical system engineering and production and as lead for numerous process improvement initiatives. Ms. Miller is a member of the Advisory Board for the IEEE Software Technology Conference, a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and a founding member of the National Software Council. For 12 years, she served on the Editorial Board of the Northrop Grumman Corporation Technology Review Journal. She is a member of the President’s Strategy Development Council for California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the National Visiting Committee for the National Science Foundation’s National CyberWatch Center and CyberWatch West, and a member of the Education and Workforce Development Working Group at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in information systems from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a Certified Computing Professional (CCP), conferred by the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals, and is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Eleni Gessiou

Security Engineer, Facebook

Bio: Eleni Gessiou is a Security Engineering Manager at Facebook, where she’s focused on protecting the platform’s most targeted and vulnerable populations. She holds a Bsc and MSc degree from the Computer Science Department of University of Crete, Greece and a second MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering with an emphasis on privacy.

J. Radowicz

Security engineer, Google

Bio: In the security field for over ten years, J. has worked for both the public and private sector. She has been a reverse engineer, forensic analyst, incident responder, and intrusion analyst during that time. She believes very strongly in educating users about security and potential threats in order to empower them in the workforce and in their personal lives.

Alejandra Quevedo

Security Engineer, Facebook

Allen Stubblefield

Cyber Defense / Computer Science Teacher, Troy High School, Fullerton CA

Amanda Rousseau

Malware Researcher, Endgame

Ambareen Siraj

Founder, Conference Chair, Women In CyberSecurity

Amelia Phillips

Tenured Faculty, Highline College

Ana Anton

Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio: Dr. Annie is also the commissioner at NIST commission on enhancing national cybersecurity. She has served the national defense and intelligence communities in a number of roles since being selected for the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group in 2005-2006. Her current research focuses on the specification of complete, correct behavior of software systems that must comply with federal privacy and security regulations. She is founder and director of ThePrivacyPlace.org. Anton currently serves on various boards, including an Intel Corporation Advisory Board and the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board. She is a former member of the U.S. DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, the CRA Board of Directors, the NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate Advisory Council, the Distinguished External Advisory Board for the TRUST Research Center at U.C. Berkeley, the DARPA ISAT Study Group, the USACM Public Policy Council, the Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Microsoft Research University Relations Faculty Advisory Board, the CRA-W, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB). Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2012, she was a Professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the North Carolina State University. Anton is a three-time graduate of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a Ph.D. in 1997 with a minor in Management & Public Policy, an M.S. in 1992, and a B.S. in 1990 with a minor in Technical and Business Communication. In 2006, she was honored with an award for “Most Influential Paper of ICRE 1996″ at RE’06 for her 1996 paper entitled “Goal-Based Requirements Analysis”. Her 1994 IEEE Software paper with co-authors Colin Potts and Kenji Takahashi was ranked the #10 most highly cited IEEE Software paper in its 25th Anniversary issue. She is a former associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, former cognitive issues area editor for the Requirements Engineering Journal, and a former member of the International Board of Referees for Computers & Security. From 2008-2012 she served as co-Vice Chair of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society, a senior member of the IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Anna Vaccari

Privacy Program Manager, Facebook

Brooke Hunter

Chief of Staff & Director of Strategic Initiatives, New America

Caroline Wong, CISSP

Vice President, Security Strategy, Cobalt.io

Coreen Button

Vice President, Information Security Specialist, Bank of America

D. Renee Tarun

Deputy Special Assistant to the Director and Director for the Na onal Security Agency’s Cyber Task Force, NSA for Cyber

Daniel Manson

Professor, Computer Information Systems, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Danielle Santos

NICE Program Manager, NIST

Deanne Cranford-Wesley

Department Chair, Davis iTEC Center/Cyber Secuirty Center, Forsyth Technical Community College

Debra Baker, CISSP

Product Certifications Engineer, Cisco Systems

J Straach

Faculty, UTD

Dzung Pham

Security Consultant, Synopsys Inc

Elizabeth Hawthorne

Professor, Computer Science, Union County College

Hsinchun Chen

Conference Co-Chair, University of Arizona

Jackie Bow

Security Engineer, Facebook

Jeannette Rosario

Director, Global Security, Aetna

Jennie Kam

Security Researcher, Cisco Systems

Jennifer Grant, MS, MBA, PhD, CISSP

Information and Computer Science Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University

Jessica Smith

Managing Director of Digital Forensics, Stroz Friedberg

Chad Renfro

Chief Information Security Officer - Technology Risk Executive, Fidelity Investments

Contessa Hoskin

Program Manager, Raytheon IDS

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