Last week, we hosted COLLIDE: Cybersecurity! Which aimed to bring together experts from various fields to discuss the challenges and trends in the rapidly ever-evolving landscape of Cybersecurity. Let’s get into what you might’ve missed!
Starting us off was Employment Deep Dive: Cybersecurity in Higher Education, which focused on the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity in higher education. Speakers such as Brian Gant, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Maryville University, and Joe Scherrer, Executive Director at the McKelvey School of Engineering, shed light on the skills needed to succeed in this field. James Curtis, Chair of the Math & Computer Science Department, and Maria Weber, Director of Information Systems at St. Louis University, added their expertise to the discussion, offering valuable insights into the evolving demands of cybersecurity education.
Following that stacked panel with another was our session Apprenticeships in Cybersecurity which explored the importance of practical training for aspiring professionals. Emily Hemingway, Executive Director of TechSTL, moderated the panel discussion, which included David Rodriguez, Director of Full Stack Enrollment at Savvy Coders, Dr. Charlie Mackey, Founding Managing Director at Per Scholas, and Tony Bryan, Executive Director at CyberUp. The panelists provided invaluable guidance on how organizations can foster talent and bridge the skills gap in cybersecurity through apprenticeships.
Two additionally impactful sessions were, Healthcare Cyber in 3-5 Years hosted by Matthew Modica, Vice President, and Chief Information Security Officer at BJC. He provided valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in healthcare cybersecurity. Roftiel Constantine, Global CIS at Barry-Wehmiller, then led a session titled Current Cyber Threats & Trends shedding light on the latest threats impacting businesses and individuals.
Rounding out the night was Cory Phipps, Director of Cybersecurity over at UNCOMN. His session, Leading Industry Trends: Driving Cyber Resiliency explored various technologies and approaches that can be leveraged to ensure the safety and resilience of critical infrastructures.
COLLIDE: Cybersecurity brought together leaders and experts in the field to delve into various aspects of cybersecurity. From exploring employment opportunities in higher education to discussing apprenticeships and examining future healthcare cyber challenges, the gathering provided a comprehensive overview of this ever-evolving industry. Stay tuned for our next event titled “Consumer Production Innovation & Locally Made Market,” promising another exciting opportunity to explore the latest trends and innovations in various industries. We hope to see you there!