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Advancing Women in Cyber Security Careers - A National Priority


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Cybersecurity is a critical area of IT and one of the five national security priorities for the US department of Homeland security. Despite the critical nature of this field, women continue to be greatly underrepresented in cyber security fields. It is a national priority to have a diverse and well trained workforce to secure cyberspace. This workshop will examine required skills, success factors, opportunities, and challenges in cyber security careers.
Outcomes: Increase professional awareness and career advancement
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
a. Identify required skills and areas in cyber security careers
b. Opportunities and challenges for women in Cyber security careers
c. Examine critical success factors
d. Connect with other successful cyber security professionals
e. Explore progress and best practices for 2013 in Cyberspace

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Advancing Women in Cyber Security Careers - A National Priority

  2. 2. Introductions • Moderator - ??? • Panelist 1 – Pamela J. Jones Lead Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman • Panelist 2 • Panelist 3 -
  3. 3. The growth of Cyber Threats Source: sample collection through May, 2013
  4. 4. All information is worth something to someone State Sponsored Terrorist Groups Organized Crime Skilled Hacker
  5. 5. New Cyber attack threats You tube on car hacking You tube on hacking a traffic sign
  6. 6. What’s at stake National Security Transportation Power Grid Personal Safety Financial Systems Manufacturing
  7. 7. Are things REALLY that desperate? • 93% of large organizations and 87% of small businesses were hit by cyber attacks • 31% of all targeted attacks were aimed at small businesses – less than 250 employees – Symantec • 32% of all mobile threats steal information • Vulnerability scanners are deficient at handling new attacks and have an effectiveness rate of 20 – 30%
  8. 8. Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (CNCI) To establish a front line of defense against today’s immediate threats: by creating or enhancing shared situational awareness of network vulnerabilities, threats, and events within the Federal Government. To defend against the full spectrum of threats: by enhancing U.S. counterintelligence capabilities and increasing the security of the supply chain for key information technologies. To strengthen the future cyber-security environment: by expanding cyber education; coordinating and redirecting research and development efforts across the Federal Government; and working to define and develop strategies to deter hostile or malicious activity in cyberspace.
  9. 9. Why Women in Cyber-Security • The Bad • The Good • The not so ugly
  10. 10. What can we surmise Major Conclusions: • The Nation’s digital infrastructure is neither secure nor resilient • The Federal government is not organized to address cyber-security effectively now or in the future • Information and communications networks are largely owned and operated by the private sector • The general public is not aware of the threats and risks involved • Investment in cyber-security R&D is currently lacking
  11. 11. Here’s to Advancing Women’s Careers in Cyber-security
  12. 12. Wrapping Up I want you to consider a Cyber-Security career! copyright 2013 Pamela J. Jones