The Importance of Community and Connectedness in Cybersecurity Webcast - National CyberWatch Center 10-21-21

The Importance of Community and Connectedness in Cybersecurity Webcast

In this webcast, Mary Beth Klinger, Christopher Estes, and Lakisha Ferebee discussed “The Importance of Community and Connectedness in Cybersecurity,” a project designed at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) to coalesce government, industry, and academia into a sustainable regional effort to address and strengthen cybersecurity workforce needs throughout Southern Maryland. The focus of this National Science Foundation (NSF)- supported project is to recruit, retain, and graduate students who are presently underrepresented within the cybersecurity profession and to do so in a climate of connectedness and inclusivity.

This project was awarded the Best Submission Runner-Up in the 2021 National CyberWatch Center’s Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program.

About the Presenters:

Mary Beth Klinger is a Professor of Business at the College of Southern Maryland where she teaches undergraduate courses in business, management, leadership, organizational behavior, marketing, and small business and entrepreneurship. Her research interests are in the areas of cybersecurity, knowledge management, innovation, and global education. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Master’s in International Management. Her professional background includes educational consulting, employment in private industry in logistics and supply chain management, as well as several federal government agencies to include the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Lakisha Ferebee is the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor for the Cybersecurity program at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Here she teaches computer security, computing essentials, networking, and digital forensics. She obtained her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech, AAS in Cybersecurity from CSM, and MS in Cybersecurity Technologies from University of Maryland Global Campus. In addition, Lakisha has also obtained her Security + and is Certified Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI). Her professional background includes being a certified mac technician, network administrator, and graphic designer.

Christopher Estes is the Acting Chair of the Technology Department in the School of Professional and Technical Studies at the College of Southern Maryland.

Date Recorded: October 21, 2021

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