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Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)

WiCyS Critical Infrastructure Community, championed by Capitol Technology University.

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Capitol Technology University is committed to supporting the development and innovation of Critical Infrastructure in the U.S. Through this collaboration between Capitol Tech and WiCyS, we aim to introduce our technologically savvy, intelligent female students to these essential sectors.

WiCyS Critical Infrastructure Community

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security website says “there are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.1

1. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Energy Sector. Retrieved from https://www.cisa.gov/energy-sector


Vision & Mission

Vision: Empowering a Connected Community of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Professionals

Mission: Activities to promote recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity critical infrastructure related fields.


Leadership

Positions are open! Contact WomenCI@captechu.edu to apply for an open position.

1. Senior Advisor

Diane Janosek

Diane M. Janosek

National Security Agency
President, Women in Cybersecurity Mid-Atlantic Affiliate 

 

 

Diane is the President, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate (MAA), Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS). She also serves as senior executive and leader whose career spans legal, policy and executive management positions in the US Government at the National Security Agency, the Pentagon and the White House. Her expertise in cyber education, privacy & technology, information security, cyber/fiscal law, data governance & information security, export control/foreign military sales, resource management & inclusion/diversity has informed all her work. Awarded 2020 CybHER Warrior Award, 2019 Cyber Warrior Women of the Year by CAMI, as well as the 2019 Women in Cybersecurity Affiliate Leadership Award by WiCyS.  Diane is passionate about giving back and protecting the nation’s economic security and national security with strong cybersecurity defenses. 


2. Co-Senior Advisor

Nancy Sumption
Senior Advisor to the SEC Chairman for Cybersecurity Policy


3. Officers – from industry leaders

  • Co-President
Rosemary Christian

Rosemary Christian
Manager of Client Engagement & Digital Strategy
AccessIT Group, Inc.

Rosemary Christian is the Manager of Client Engagement & Digital Strategy at AccessIT Group. She has been working in the cybersecurity industry for the last 3 years assisting customers with evaluations of their current cybersecurity programs to help them mature their overall security posture during their digital transformation.  She works closely with AccessIT Group's Professional Services teams including Cloud Services, Risk Management, and Technical Services. Rosemary is the founder and president of the Philadelphia Women & Cyber Security, a professional networking community with over 200 members. She recently moved to Maryland and is now a member of WiCyS Mid-Atlantic. 

  • Co-President
Veronica Kazaitis

Veronica Kazaitis
VP, Account Executive for National Security Solutions
Professional Overview

Veronica Kazaitis is a Vice President and Account Executive for the National Security Solutions (NSS) Operating Unit at Parsons. The National Security Solutions Operating Unit ~500 employees provide cybersecurity software, engineering services, rapid hardware prototyping, RF/SIGINT products and other technical assurance to Commercial, Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers. They also are a premier developer and integrator of micro-electronics, analytics and signal processing solutions.

Veronica resides in Maryland with her partner Loftus and their two children, Kai and Ella. She has served in multiple leadership positions with the Central Maryland Chapter of AFCEA and is currently an active member of WiCyS Mid-Atlantic. 

Vice President - open

Secretary
Nikkia Henderson, WiCyS MAA Secretary

  • Treasurer
Tina Kuhn

Tina Kuhn
President and CEO CyberCore Technologies

Ms. Kuhn is an accomplished senior executive with demonstrated success spanning cybersecurity, defense, intelligence, commercial, and international industries. Ms. Kuhn has extensive and deep experience in organizational transformations, and growth strategies and implementation. Ms. Kuhn has been the President and CEO of CyberCore since 2016, growing CyberCore into US government, commercial, and international customers.

Ms. Kuhn’s book, The Manager’s Communication Tool Kit: Tools and Techniques for Leading Difficult Personalities, is a clear and practical guide to high-performance business communication.

Ms. Kuhn was personally recognized as one of the “Top 25 Leaders in Government Contracting You Should Know About” by the Washington Exec. She was also named one of the 10 best CEOs of 2019 by Industry Era magazine.


4. Student Rep 

Christine Solis

Christine Solis
Student Representative at Large

Christine Solis is a graduate at Georgetown University with her Master's in Applied Intelligence and a focus on Cyber Intelligence. In Spring 2020, she worked as a cyber research intern for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).  She is a volunteer with the Cyber Forum Initiative (CSFI), a member of InfraGard National Capital Members Alliance Chapter, and she was named a 2020 Women in Cybersecurity scholar. Christine has a published article within the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence titled: The Ethics of Applied Intelligence in Modern Conflict. She is passionate about protecting the nations infrastructure through strong cybersecurity policies, best practices, cyber public-private partnerships, and innovative cybersecurity solutions.

Christine recently moved to Arlington, VA from Northern California and is now a member of WiCyS Mid-Atlantic. 


5. Legal Advisor

Barbara Petilli
Petilli Law


Activities & Goals

The Women in Cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure Community offers mentoring, learning, networking, technical exchanges, and exposure to emerging topics and disciplines to women at all stages of their career.


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