The primary goal of Schooled in Security is to find more creative ways to persuade more students, and especially young women, to think about a career in cybersecurity.
We believe that the first step, before even talking about training, is to inspire students to be interested in this topic in the first place.
The initiaitve is being piloted on schools in Cincinnati Ohio, with a view to extending the programs to schools nationwide.
And one of the best ways to start this inspiration is to show students a snapshot (or hundreds of snapshots) of their future possible selves.
Our Inspiration Wall
We're creating an Inspiration Wall of women in cybersecurity, from all kinds of backgrounds and in all kinds of fields and would love to include you.
This is our plan:
- We'll initially feature the stars of our Inspiration Wall on the home page of our web site, and a link to a deeper profile on each.
- So we'll need a photo, a name and job description/title, a 75 word intro, and then answer to a series of questions, below.
- You'll get a full web page to yourself, and you're free to promote your own initiatives too.
Eventually we hope to devote an entire website to inspirational men and women, but mainly women, to reinforce for students the incredible diversity of people, opportunities, and skills.
Here's what a profile would look like:
My name is Cassie Clark, and I'm the Security Community Manager for Salesforce
My focus is on employee engagement and education to internal employees at Salesforce. I teach employees about security best practices and help them understand how their behavior impacts security at Salesforce. I help employees in Security feel a sense of belonging in their teams and at Salesforce.
This is my first job in information security; prior to this role, my career background was completely different - centered largely around program management, marketing and communications, and administrative work in nonprofits.
What’s your full title and where do you work?
My title is Security Community Manager and I work on the Security (information, not physical) team at Salesforce.
Salesforce is a global technology cloud-based company that focuses on storing and maximizing information and data for its customers. In this way, customers have an easier time meeting their customers' needs effectively.
What do you do as part of your job, what do you focus on?
A typical day might look like: Meeting with folks about projects or initiatives I work on, strategizing on communications or engagement for a project, or running an event for our employees!