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CISO Visits the Women in Computing Society

May 29, 2019

Dr. Pablo Molina, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Drexel IT, along with the Information Security team, visited the Women in Computing Society to educate students on the importance of information security and to scout talent for co-op and full-time positions.

The Women in Computing Society (WiCS) is a student-led organization tailored specifically to women in computing fields at Drexel University. Their mission is to support, recruit, and retain women pursuing a degree in the broad field of computing. WiCS connects its members with each other and the greater computing world through mentorship programs, social gatherings, guest speakers, workshops, and national and regional conferences.

Dr. Molina began the session by discussing his team's functions and the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Current information security student workers Conor Bambrick, Madeline Barker, Jason Nguyen, Kennedy Jackmon, and Michael Raffle spoke about their daily work and the training they received in the Information Security office. They also talked about the Bug Bounty program, SANS Security Training certificates for all on campus, and how to detect social engineering in their emails. Senior IT Security Analyst Floria Siu talked about Splunk, a popular Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool that Drexel uses, and supporting free online training and certificates available to students. She also discussed the Women in Technology (WiT) of Drexel IT group that she founded, covered her career path, and offered tips to succeed in information technology. Attendees actively participated and engaged with the speakers.

If you missed this opportunity, do not miss the next three:

  • On Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m., Dr. Molina will speak about cybersecurity and online privacy at the Franklin Institute.
  • On Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m., Dr. Molina will be one of the panelists for Careers in Cybersecurity: How and Why to Pursue One.
  • On Tuesday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m., Drexel University will host a nationally-recognized speaker, yet to be confirmed, to celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the Mitchell Auditorium.

These three events are open to all on campus, but we particularly encourage students to attend.