Video On Demand

Building a Cyber Security Workforce Through Diversity

October 25, 2012 • 12:30 – 4:00 pm EDT


Keynote remarks by

Janet Napolitano
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Introductory remarks by

Linda W. Hart
Vice chairman, president, and CEO of the Hart Group, Inc.and CSIS Trustee

Slide Show:

Thursday, October 25, 2012



8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Expert Panel 

Ellen McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (moderator)

Rich Baich, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo

Cynthia Dion-Schwarz, Deputy Assistant Director, Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) at National Science Foundation  

Karen Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge

Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Director of Educational Technology, Policy and Outreach, University of Maryland

Rosemary Wenchel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security Coordination, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Break/Networking

11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Keynote Address

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security

CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Conference Room A/B (basement)

Cyber-security is a growing sub-field of national security that will require a steady pipeline of talent in the coming years. Women continue to be under-represented in this area. How can public and private sector institutions better attract women for these jobs, and how can women’s leadership opportunities be supported?

This special event to discusses the importance of diversity in building the cyber security workforce of the future, with a specific focus on women.  This half-day event includes a panel of experts from multiple sectors and will feature a keynote address by Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

This event:

  • Presents the business case for the critical importance of creating a diverse talent pool in cyber-security;
  • Highlights best practices and lessons learned in recruiting, retaining and advancing women;
  • Inspires young women to consider and pursue cyber-security opportunities;
  • Empowers stakeholders to take on specific actions that will foster create more diversity in their organizations.


Linda W. Hart
Vice Chairman, President, and CEO, Hart Group, Inc.