Six Champlain students recently attended the Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCys 2016) in Dallas, Texas. The WiCyS initiative was launched in 2013 with support from a National Science Foundation grant. 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.
- The women’s reflections indicate this was a great experience and opportunity.
- “WiCyS fostered an incredibly supportive, kind, and professional atmosphere”
- “I left WiCyS feeling incredibly empowered and inspired. I left feeling so much more excited and confident in myself.”
- “It was absolutely inspiring to hear their experiences and learn about the roles they hold in a variety of companies”
- “I was very happy that Champlain was able to send so many students”
- “Traveling with other women in cybersecurity and digital forensics was a bonding experience I’m sure none of us will forget.”
- “I left the conference feeling inspired to continue my interests in an empowered way.”
- “I learned a lot from the professional speakers. Each brought something new and engaging to the table.”
- “This specifically will benefit my education and career as I was opened to new paths in the Cybersecurity realm. Also networking was a huge benefit of this conference; talking to professionals all over the country was an awesome experience, however it didn’t just help myself. Champlain College was getting more recognition, and individuals were interested in what the school had to offer!”
As a result of their time together and the conversations at the conference, the students hope to start a Women in ITS club. This trip was supported through a Champlain College Heisse Endowment grant, the WiCys Conference, and a Champlain Investment Partners grant.