Computer Science students Kelly Rose ‘20 and Kestrel Bridges ‘20 have been awarded travel scholarships from Facebook to attend the 5th Annual Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) conference in Chicago this spring.
“The security industry is at its strongest when it reflects the diversity of the people who use our technology and services,” said Stephanie Siteman, Facebook information security program manager and a WiCys advisory board member. “We had an overwhelming number of applicants apply for the Facebook WiCyS scholarship and chose 30 students and professors who had diverse backgrounds, interests and experiences.”
Bridges, a computer science and film studies major and Honors College student, is a member of several clubs including UNICEF, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition (QTPOCC).
“I hope to gain a better understanding of cybersecurity as a whole I’m very excited to hear about how other women in the field started their careers and how they have flourished in their work environment,” Bridges said.
Rose, a computer science and linguistics major, is a member of Hofstra’s Student Government Association (SGA). She’s interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity or artificial intelligence.
“I am looking forward to hearing from professionals in my chosen field about the work they do and the environment in which they do it,” Rose said. “The conference is a great opportunity to network and learn about the most recent developments in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity.”
The goal of the WiCyS Conference is to bring female students, faculty, researchers and professionals together to share their knowledge and experience and to encourage networking and mentoring.
“The WiCys Conference is an important venue for inspiring the women who will one day take on the industry’s biggest challenges,” Siteman added. “We hope the conference will engage, inspire and help prepare them for a career in cybersecurity.”