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My Day at the Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute

My Day At The Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting at the Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute on two topics that I’m truly passionate about: law enforcement and hackers, as well as women in cyber.

“There is no crime committed today that does not involve technology.” That was the mantra of The Law Enforcement Technology Enhancement Day at Cal Poly. The day’s presentations centered on everything from combating human trafficking to vehicular vulnerabilities. My presentation focused on understanding how hackers can penetrate law enforcement organizations.

Advancements in computer technology have found their way into every aspect of law enforcement. These advancements have changed the landscape of criminal investigations forever. Yes – Innovation is good, but this explosion of technology in law enforcement has created more opportunities for hackers interested in exploiting the lack of security built into it. Because almost all technology is connected to the internet and each other through a series of network elements, it is susceptible to being hacked by cybercriminals. Law enforcement must learn everything they can to address these threats.

I also had the privilege of sitting on a panel with incredibly smart and ambitious women in cyber.  To say the least, cyber has a gender problem. According to recent reports, women hold only 14 percent of the U.S. workforce in cybersecurity. To add to this problem, cybercrime will more than triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021. To fill these positions, we need to aim for 50 percent of women in cyber over the next decade.

It was great having the chance to speak with local law enforcement, military personnel, women thought leaders, and even Cal Poly students to help our state better protect its citizens. It’s incredible and empowering to see a group working toward shaping cyber standards and practices. 

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