April 17, 2015

College Relations

Carterville, IL, April 17, 2015–Three John A. Logan College students recently attended the two-day WiCyS conference for women in cyber security in Atlanta, Georgia. Kylee Williams, majoring in Computer Forensics and Networking and Computer Science, Jolene Hatchett, majoring in Computer Support and Networking, and Jessa Gramenz, majoring in Computer Forensics and Network Security took part in the extensive two day event.

The conference was an effort to bring together women from academia, research and industry in cyber security for the purpose of the sharing of knowledge and experience. The conference, funded by the National Science Foundation along with industry and educational sponsors, offered workshops, panel talks, mentoring sessions, research presentations and a host of keynote speakers including Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications to the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the students, the conference was a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth.

“What impressed me so much was how enlightened the women at the conference were. It’s inspirational to see such strong females come together,” said Williams.

While Gramenz added that the event motivated her.

“I felt it was really empowering. It was a great opportunity to network and find mentors.”

Currently only 11% of cybersecurity professionals are women, but Hatchett wants to see that change.

“We need more diversity in age, race, gender, and ethnicity in this field. This conference was a great place for us to start making that happen,” she said.


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.