Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) 2017 Conference

WiCyS 2017 Conference                         Founder of WiCyS, Dr. Ambareen Siraj

Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) has become a continuing effort to recruit, retain and advance women in cyber-security. The WiCyS conference was launched in 2014 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj (Associate Professor at the Computer Science (CS) Department, Tennessee Tech University) with support from the National Science Foundation grant. Since then, it has brought together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cyber-security from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring.

WiCyS 2017 Group Photo

The conference was held on March 31 – April 1, 2017 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, in Tucson, Arizona. The conference had 800 attendees from fields of academia, research, government agencies.

Loretta Marshall, UITS Information Security Administrator, presenting at the conference

This year, Loretta Marshall, the UITS Information Security Administrator, attended the conference and was also one of the speakers in the Lightning Talks series. Her presentation topic was Organizing Cyber Security Awareness Month for a University Campus. The presentation stressed the importance of spreading cyber security awareness among students and how the Office of Information Security at Columbus State University works to achieve this.

Brigadier General Linda R. Medler

The event also attracted several distinguished members in the field of cyber security, such as retired Brigadier General Linda R. Medler, who is currently the director of Cyber for the Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) Advanced Missile Systems (AMS) in Tucson, Arizona. She shared information about her work and professional journey that led to fascinating and rewarding encounters along her career path.


Members of CSU from UITS and the Computer Science Department at the Conference: Loretta Marshall, Rebecca Green, Cherie Corning, Hillary Fleenor, Marium Husainy ,and Dr. Lydia Ray.  Aurelia Smith (not in picture).

Attendees also included several CSU students who were able to meet and learn from professionals in the industry and meet recruiters from several companies that were present at the career fair.

The WiCyS 2017 conference was a great success in bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry. The WiCyS 2018 conference will be held March 24 to 26, 2018 in Chicago and will be hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology.


More information about WiCyS can be found at Women in Cyber Security.