Atlanta.AnitaB.org is hosting an intro to cybersecurity event for women in computing. Attendees of the weekend will get an overview of cybersecurity and opportunities in the field, gain basic security knowledge to apply in their current capacities, and gain hands on skills to jump start their potential careers in cybersecurity. Saturday’s session will include panelists of current cybersecurity professionals and a discussion into the practice of information security and strategy. Attendees of either or both days will walk away with an understanding of cybersecurity and resources to take their interest to the next level.
Anyone working in development or engineering management, or interested in knowing more about the current state of security are encouraged to attend. Those attending will learn concepts that can be applied to their careers and projects. Be sure to check out event speakers below.
Title: Do You Trust Your Data? Why Cybersecurity, and Why Now?
Speakers: Christy Smith, Senior Marketing Manager @ Ionic Security
Description: Cybersecurity may appear to be a highly technical and specialized field, yet it depends upon the common and relatable concept of trust. This session will explore what’s at the center of trusted digital transactions—our data—and cover the industry trends that show how the market is growing. Controversies at the intersection of security, privacy, and accountability dominate the news and public policy discussions, making cybersecurity a fascinating and increasingly relevant field to explore. Several ways to augment existing skills will be presented to illustrate how someone can make the jump from IT into the security industry.
Title: Life of the Cybersecurity Professional
Speakers: Rana Khalil, Cybersecurity graduate student @ University of Ottawa
Anwar Reddick, Security Engineer @ Fullstory
Chanel Hicks, Strategic Program Manager @ Ionic Security
Marquitta Lawrence, Senior Automation Engineer @ Ionic Security
Description: Listen to a panel of current security professionals as they answer your questions on the field.
TItle: Technology, Process, and Strategy – A Glimpse into the Practice of Information Security
Speaker: Anwar Reddick, Security Engineer @ Fullstory
Description: Discover the practice of information security in three layers:
(1) Technology – The bits and bytes underlying defenses and attacks.
(2) Process – Human-level business activities that ensure i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. And (3) Strategy – The thinking behind the choices of technology and processes and why we expect them to be effective.
This workshop will invite you participate in a set of interactive discussions designed to give you a glimpse of each the three layers, with the goal of giving you a taste of what to expect should you choose to later delve deeper into any or all layers.