Yesterday and today Dr. LeClair is attending the 2014 National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia MD. The theme of the Conference is Ready to Work: Equipping our cybersecurity workers with the skills to compete in a 21st-century economyand provided three tracks to enable attendees to gain the maximum benefit from the event.
Track 1: Workforce and Skills Development
Track 2: Education – Building the Cyber Generation
Track 3: Industry-Driven Initiatives
In addition to exhibiting at the expo with Dr. Sherely Abraham, our faculty program director for cyber security (above right), Dr. LeClair participated on the Promoting Diversity in the Cyber Workforce panel. The panel discussed the importance of supporting women Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) students and researchers. It identified STEM as an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board. Panel members discussed how they are attracting, supporting, recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in STEM education programs and careers, mostly focusing on Cybersecurity.
As we move toward the winter, and a new year, Dr. LeClair, and our Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives Derek Smith will continue to present research and speak on the importance of cybersecurity at events and conferences across the country.
If you are interested in having one of our NCI leaders present at your event, or hosting an event at our office in downtown Washington DC please call (202) 601-1222 or email NCI@excelsior.edu.