The Untapped Cybersecurity Talent Pipeline
Cybersecurity talent is more needed than ever, but the pipeline to fill these jobs in the United States is sorely lacking. During this talk, former cybersecurity engineer and director of education for Girls Who Code, Emily Reid, will illustrate the challenge and provide recommended strategies for increasing the pipeline to cybersecurity jobs. The primary question to be answered is this: How do we cultivate and support the interest in students who have been historically underrepresented in computer science and cyber security? Based on existing data, experience in the industry, and years of working with students of many ages, Emily will provide potential solutions as well as specific actions that any member of the cybersecurity community can take to address this challenge.
Emily Reid was most recently the director of education at Girls Who Code, ensuring that the GWC programs were unrivaled in delivering quality CS education. She holds a master’s degree in in computer science from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from Tufts University. Before Columbia, Emily worked at the MITRE Corporation for four years as an engineer in the cybersecurity division, where she also built up internal STEM education outreach initiatives and developed coursework for internal and external use on MITRE’s security technology. Today, Emily is an independent consultant advising startups and working on projects advancing computer science education and artificial intelligence learning platforms. Emily is passionate about diversity in computer science and using technology to create a better world. She believes that education is the key to solving both of these problems.