INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is proud to announce its partnership with the International Consortium for Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), a nonprofit organization working to increase the number of minorities and women in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity.
ICMCP began in 2014 with a mission to encourage underrepresented students to pursue computer science and information security studies, as well as provide academic and career support for minorities and women in these professions. The association was founded by Devon Bryan, chief information security officer for the Federal Reserve; Carlos Edwards Sr., director of security risk analytics for the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Larry Whiteside Jr., vice president of healthcare and critical infrastructure at Optiv Cybersecurity. As leading African American cybersecurity professionals, Bryan, Edwards, and Whiteside recognized the need for the profession to improve diversity efforts in order to meet the increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity workers.
Since its founding, ICMCP has worked to provide scholarships for minority and female students seeking degrees in cybersecurity and related fields and to connect these individuals with mentors. The organization also engages in efforts to increase the number of information security executives and leaders who are from minority backgrounds by providing professional development opportunities to ICMCP members. These include connecting entry-level to mid-career professionals with senior-level mentors, as well as providing funding and support to help members obtain certifications and attend technical trainings and networking events.
In addition, ICMCP partners with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit more service members and veterans to information security occupations.
For more information on ICMCP, visit icmcp.org.