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Facilitated Focus Groups on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

  • 21 Jan 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Facilitated Virtual Focus Groups on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce


The Cybersecurity Skills Journal is hosting an event to facilitate conversations about specific challenges and opportunities in diversifying the cybersecurity workforce. Transcripts of the discussions will be published as Dialogues in the upcoming Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce.

Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) invites practitioners, scholars, and educators to share your expertise and experience by participating in virtual focus groups on specific challenges and persistent problems related to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the cybersecurity workforce. 

Focus groups will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 and will run between 90 and 120 minutes, with sessions starting at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM (Eastern). Conversations will be recorded  and the transcripts published in a Special Issue of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal. Participants in the event will receive an electronic copy of the Special Issue in the first quarter of 2022.

Session Agenda

Click the session title link for more information about each focus group

Session 1: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Actionable items leading to measurable increases in cybersecurity diversity

Facilitator: Ahmed Ibrahim and colleagues, University of Pittsburgh

How to manage (online) meetings across a diverse multicultural environment

Facilitator: Dana Winner, Msc, Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME)

Seeking to develop a K12 cybersecurity education ecosystem by infusing cyber curriculum in non-technical K-12 courses

Facilitator: Loyce Pailen, CISSP, University of Maryland Global Campus

Session 2: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Including Students with Disabilities in Cybersecurity Workforce

Facilitator: Chuck Gardner, Cyber Innovation Center and Cyber.org

Neurodiversity and the road to Neuroinclusivity

Facilitator: Jack Sussmilch, CISSP, CSSLP, CCSP, 460degrees

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