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Established non-profit has unveiled a new name, logo, tagline, and website as part of an extensive rebranding initiative to more fully align with its growth and impact on diversity in cybersecurity

New York City, NY. – Sept. 14, 2021– The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals, a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals, has completed an extensive rebranding effort that embodies the organization’s growth and represents their achievements in facilitating bold, large-scale initiatives that aim to bring principles of diversity and inclusion to the cybersecurity industry.

According to a recent report by The Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub, it is estimated that only 4% of cybersecurity workers self-identify as Hispanic, 9% as Black, and 24% as women. As cyber attacks on global technology infrastructure grow in both number and complexity, they must be met with a cybersecurity workforce that is growing in size and diversity. A workforce that embraces diversity of race, gender, socio-economics, culture, and thought is more capable of responding to today’s array of threats and mitigating risk to their organizations through the wider range of perspectives and unique insights that come from teams with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Developing a diverse cybersecurity workforce has been identified as a national priority for the Department of Homeland Security and the federal government under the Biden-Harris Administration and by the private sector at large.

Since its founding in 2014, the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) has focused on its mission of achieving consistent representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs to foster diversity, education, and empowerment. At a total member base reaching nearly 3,000 that continues to grow month-over-month—with 40 percent growth in the first eight months of 2021 alone—it is time for the organization to grow the brand alongside its mission.

A play on the words cyber and diversity, the new name Cyversity directly reflects the organization’s ongoing mission and is bolstered by the introduction of a new tagline that succinctly describes the goal of Cyversity on behalf of its members and partners: “Diversify. Educate. Empower.” Along with the new name, Cyversity also introduced a new logo and color scheme that is appropriately symbolic of an organization that is working to change the face of cybersecurity.

“We’re excited to introduce our new Cyversity identity to our members, chapters, and partners,” said President and Co-Founder Larry Whiteside, Jr. “This organization needed a name with the same level of impact as it has had on the community, which is to change and strengthen the world of cybersecurity, one person at a time.”

“The world of cybersecurity demands businesses, institutions, and practitioners continually adapt their knowledge and skills to guard against threats that are growing in scale and complexity,” said Vice President Sherron Burgess. “Education is a fundamental element of what we do at Cyversity.”

In addition to a new name, logo, and tagline, Cyversity also unveiled a new website at www.cyversity.org. The new website is designed to better tell the organization’s powerful story and more closely define the membership journey as the organization continues to grow in both membership size and industry impact.

“Our new site is a means by which to provide a logical and immersive experience for members,” said Cyversity Treasurer Ed Adams. “Whether someone is entirely new to cyber or is a cyber veteran, the site ushers visitors through a process to introduce them to the roles in cyber, assess their skills, direct them to scholarships and educational opportunities, and equip them with mentors and career placement services, as needed.”

“As cybersecurity professionals, we work alongside and within some of the most important, most recognizable institutions in the world,” said Maggie Domond, Cyversity Executive Director. “While our programs and services have been and remain in high demand, our brand didn’t measure up. That needed to change.”

About Cyversity

Cyversity (formerly The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals/ICMCP) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

Cyversity Media Contact: Leslie Kesselring, [email protected]

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2021 / International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity), dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals, announced today that it has named Maggie Domond, CAE, PMP, CMP as its first Executive Director.

Improving diversity in cybersecurity is vital to the growth and success of the industry. Minorities and women are dangerously under-represented, and this workforce gap presents a real and significant threat to capabilities of the cybersecurity teams entrusted with guarding global technology infrastructure and ultimately the economic viability of the nation. Today, females represent only 14% of the cyber workforce. Only 6% percent of STEM workers are African American compared to 11% of the US workforce. Hispanics comprised only 7% of the STEM workforce while making up 15% of the US workforce.

The Cyversity was formed with the mission to tackle this “great cyber divide” and has hired its first Executive Director to support its rapid expansion with a host of new programs to improve cybersecurity education, diverse workforce, and economic outcomes.

“Cyversity hiring its first Executive Director shows that not only is Cyversity poised to handle the growth needed to fulfill its mission, but that it has matured to meet the needs of the industry and community it serves. Maggie Domond’s background, experience, and sheer passion will enable Cyversity to handle the ever growing complexity of needs that diverse candidates require to become their best selves as cybersecurity professionals,” said Larry Whiteside, Co-Founder & President, Cyversity.

Maggie will report directly to the Chairman of the Board, Julian Waits, and will also join the Executive Committee which includes Ed Adams, Treasurer; Larry Whiteside, Co-Founder & President; and Sherron Burgess, Vice President.

“I am grateful and overjoyed for the opportunity to serve as Cyversity’s first executive director and will work collaboratively with the board to continue the work of achieving equality and parity for women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry,” said Maggie Domond. “Cyversity is more relevant today than ever and I know we will continue to thrive and provide the transformational programs and services our members and partners deserve.”

Maggie is a results-driven association executive with extensive experience in providing leadership and direction in the management of association communication and marketing strategies to maintain a strong domestic and global presence. She also specializes in fostering high levels of member involvement, satisfaction, and retention, as well as developing and diversifying the financial resources necessary to fulfill strategic plans and ensure future stability and sustainability. She previously served as Vice President of Operations at Patriots Technology Training Center, where she directed and implemented management services in a wide variety of critical areas including finance, governance, meetings, membership, marketing, and business operations. She has also held the role of Director of Meetings and Education at Heart Rhythm Society, where she prepared, developed, and monitored department budget and ensured adherence to society/finance committee guidelines and objectives.

About Cyversity

The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Its mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. The Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs. Learn more at http://www.icmcp.org.

 More than 200 Emerging Cybersecurity Professionals to Participate in the Robust, 6-Month Program

NEW YORK—May 4, 2021—The International Consortium for Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (Cyversity) announced today the kick-off of a training scholarship program for more than 200 emerging cybersecurity professionals. Google has sponsored the scholarships for the six-month training and mentorship program targeting students, unemployed professionals and others looking to enter the cybersecurity workforce from underrepresented populations.

The 214 scholarship recipients were selected from a diverse applicant pool of more than 400 Cyversity members. Overall, 43% of the class of scholars self-identify as women and more than 62% of the recipients are currently unemployed. The recipients are also geographically diverse, coming from 13 different nations and 32 US states. They will participate in Red Team and Blue Team training with industry-leading training providers, Security Innovation and RangeForce, to develop essential skills for offensive and defensive work roles, which are in high demand in the industry. There are currently an estimated 3.2 million open job positions in the global cybersecurity industry.

“Google is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals while actively partnering with Cyversity to ensure this next wave of professionals is truly representative of the overall population. Cyversity is creating the opportunity for participants to not only learn, but to build a community of supporters, peers and mentors, which can be critical to success in cybersecurity,” said Sarah Morales, Outreach Program Manager, Security & Privacy at Google.

“This scholarship program is working to change the face of the cybersecurity workforce,” said Beverly Benson, Workforce Development Committee Chair, Cyversity, and Program Director, IT & Security, the American Women’s College at Bay Path University. “Beyond that, it has the potential to fundamentally impact the professional careers of more than 200 smart and ambitious professionals through access to training, networking and job placement opportunities.”

“We are grateful to Google for their support of the core mission of Cyversity,” said Larry Whiteside, Jr., President, Cyversity and CTO & CSO, CyberClan. “Ultimately, we hope to work with many more of the companies in the cybersecurity community in an intentional and concerted effort to foster recruitment, retention and inclusion of underrepresented minorities in the profession.”

The online training courses and hands-on cyber range events, from both RangeForce and Security Innovation, map to the NICE Cybersecurity Framework, ensuring that scholarship recipients will have marketable skills upon completion of the training. After the three-month training phase, recipients will work with Cyversity volunteer mentors on career readiness components such as resume development, mock interviews and community networking.

About Cyversity

The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (Cyversity) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. The Cyversity tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

About the Training Providers

Security Innovation is a pioneer in software security. Recognized 6x on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for computer-based security training, its CMD+CTRL SaaS platform combines role-based courses with hands-on cyber ranges to build skills that stick. With over 3.5 million users, CMD+CTRL helps all software security stakeholders address the risk of today’s tech stacks – flawed design, defenseless code, expanded attack surface, and misconfigured deployments.

RangeForce creates accessible cybersecurity training experiences for you and your team. Powered by the industry’s first integrated training platform and virtual cyber range, we help customers operationalize a SaaS-based cybersecurity training program in hours, saving up to 65% over traditional training and up to $1M annually on hosted cyber ranges. RangeForce is revolutionizing cybersecurity training with its adaptive learning technology to better train and cross-train DevOps, IT, and security professionals.

Cyversity Media Contact: Leslie Kesselring, [email protected]

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