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WiCyS’16 – Women in Cybersecurity: Reducing the Gender Gap – A Three Part Series


This post is the first in a three part series on the Women in Cybersecurity Conference brought to you by CTOvision and Katie Kennedy.

On March 31st through April 2nd, women from academia, government, and industry from around the globe gathered in Dallas, Texas for Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference. This three-day long event was designed to both enhance the state of cyber security and to raise awareness about the importance and nature of a cybersecurity career. This is the capstone event for a community of interest that has grown around this community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.

The conference began with workshops with women professionals in the cybersecurity workforce.

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The Women in Cybersecurity (WICyS) Conference is organized by The Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center at Tennessee Tech in partnership with The University of Texas, Dallas Computer Science Department. Drs. Bhavani Thuraisingham and Janell Straach, both UT Dallas CS faculty members, served as chairs on the organizing committee. The conference was attended by around 750  where 50% were students aspiring to have a career in this field.

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Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham (2016 WiCyS Co-chair) accompanied by UT Dallas CS students. Not pictured: Dr. Janell Straach (2016 Co-chair)
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham (2016 WiCyS Co-chair) accompanied by UT Dallas CS students. Not pictured: Dr. Janell Straach (2016 Co-chair)

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The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 1,600 bachelor’s-degree students, more than 1,100 master’s students, 160 PhD students, and 80 faculty members, as of Fall 2015. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.

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