Turning Cybersecurity Awareness into a Cybersecurity Career

October 31, 2017 -

Source: Imperial Valley News

By Davina Pruitt-Mentle

Immediately after I successfully defended my dissertation for my Ph.D. in educational technology, I began to think about all the benefits that came along with that achievement. Aside from being regarded as an expert in my field, I relished the fact that my Ph.D. had earned me the right to be addressed as “Dr. Pruitt-Mentle”—or better, Dr. “Mental”—and to select “Dr.” from drop-down menus when registering for conferences.

That said, I didn’t spend much time resting on my laurels as I was back at work the following day hosting a “Cool Careers in Cybersecurity for Girls” conference for 150 young cyberwarriors-to-be.

And I loved every minute of it.

Pretty much my entire professional life has been dedicated to motivating and preparing students of all ages to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. These days, as the lead for academic engagement for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, or NICE, I am consumed with working to fulfill our #2 strategic goal: Nurturing a Diverse Learning Community.

Read more: http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/career-news/12617-turning-cybersecurity-awareness-into-a-cybersecurity-career.html

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