On July 17, 2018 the ISACA Greater Washington DC Chapter’s Academics Relations Team held its second outreach event this summer at Marymount University with its sponsoring of another cybersecurity panel for the GenCyber Summer Camp 2018. Once again this event emphasized Academics Relations goals which are to foster new relationships, to promote an early awareness of cybersecurity and to provide an avenue for professional networking by connecting the classroom and industry professionals.
Thirty enthusiastic high school students were in attendance and they clearly demonstrated their knowledge of cyber with the opening activity which was a quiz – “How Security Savvy Are You?” Initially each student took part in the quiz and the highest scoring students entered the final phase which was a face-off between a team of boys and girls. The winning teams each received a gift certificate of $25 to spend during the remainder of their time at camp.
After this opening activity, the students were invited to ask questions to a distinguished panel of cyber individuals which included Dave White, CEO, Spartan Security Consulting LLC, Entrepreneur, Innovator and Veteran Author; Alok Kakker, CEO/President at Annuk, VP at ISACA GWDC, C-Suite Advisor, Enterprise Risk Management and Cyber Security Expert; and Teresa Skehan, Associate Partner Cyber & Biometrics, IBM Global Business Services, Public Sector and Director of ISACA GWDC Chapter Academic Relations. The panel was moderated by ISACA GWDC Associate Director of Internships and Innovations, Babur Kohy. Questions ranged from “How to get started in a cyber career”, “How to find a mentor”, “What educational courses best prepare one for a cyber career”, “The value of professional certifications” to the final question for the panelists “Words of Wisdom for High School Students”.
This event was an unprecedented success and the Academic Relations Team is always delighted to interact with students and committed to keep up this momentum year round.
The students were very engaging, and even at this early age, were demonstrating a passion for finding a career in cyber that would be more than just a job.
In attendance also was Dr. Diane Murphy, Professor of Information Management, Department Chair IT, Data Science and Cybersecurity at Marymount University and Director/Instructor of Gencyber Summer Camp.
GWDC Academics Relations is led by Teresa Skehan and the Team will continue to deliver on its promise of developing lasting relationships with the academic community based on trust and mutual interest. Stayed tuned for more academics events dates/times at NOVA Loudoun Campus, local High Schools, and Marymount University Fall 2018 semester.
Please contact Babur Kohy or Teresa Skehan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about this event or future engagements.