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 aseries 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. Despite theincreasing 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.