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Women in Cybersecurity (George Washington University)













Women in Cybersecurity by GW Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management Program

The George Washington University Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management Program hosted the Women in Cyber Event to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the Cybersecurity field and cultivate future leaders.

The panel was vibrant, with a very active audience in attendance!



The keynote speaker was Major General Jennifer L. Napper.

The panel was complete with a superb dialogue with the panelists Christine de Souza (CSFI Director/Cyber Systems Operator – Maintenance at 856 Cyber Protection Team (CPT)), Melissa Hathaway former Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in the at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush administration and her six-month role at the National Security Council under the Barack Obama administration, and finally Hillary MacMillan (Vice President, Solutions Architecture for Secure Channels).

Major General Jennifer L. Napper assumed command of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, September 22, 2010. She held the position of Deputy Commanding General for Network Operations, U.S. Army Cyber Command/2d U.S. Army.

Major General Napper’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. Major General Jennifer L. Napper is also on the CSFI Advisory Board.

Christine de Souza, MG Napper, and Alexia de Souza

Christine de Souza, MG Napper, and Alexia de Souza (CSFI/MD Air National Guard)


Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains a field where there is a significant shortage of skilled professionals. Surprisingly, the representation of women in this workforce is alarmingly low. According to one study, approximately 11% of information security professionals are women.

The Women in Cyber Event aims to inform and encourage women of all ages to consider a future in a cyber-related field. We need a whole community to shape a future that is ready to address the opportunities and challenges in cyberspace.

CSFI would like to thank Karen A. Austin from the United States Cybersecurity Magazine ( and Connie Peterson Uthoff GWU Assistant Program Director for putting together such critical event.

connie-peterson-uthoff-gwu-assistant-program-directorConnie Peterson Uthoff GWU Assistant Program Director/Event Moderator

Major General Jennifer L. Napper – Vice President, Department of Defense and Intelligence Group, Unisys/CSFI Director.


Christine de Souza, CSFI Director/USAF/USSS ISSO


Melissa Hathaway


Hillary MacMillan (Vice President, Solutions Architecture for Secure Channels)


Karen A. Austin from the United States Cybersecurity Magazine



Malissa Hathaway and Alexia e Souza

Melissa Hathaway and Alexia de Souza (CSFI/MD Air National Guard)





























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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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