Bridging the Great Minority Cybersecurity Divide
Our Mission & Vision
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.
- Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of minority and women cybersecurity professionals.
- Increase the number of minority and women students pursuing cybersecurity-related disciplines at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels by funding scholarships opportunities.
- Facilitate the career advancement of existing member cybersecurity practitioners through mentoring, grants towards advanced degrees and professional certifications in the field of cybersecurity.
- Establish a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for minority and women cybersecurity professionals.
ICMCP was launched in 2014 to help bridge the ‘great cyber divide’ that results from the ongoing underrepresentation of minorities and women in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity. The ICMCP tackles this ‘divide’ with scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs. The ICMCP targets minority and women cybersecurity professionals worldwide and promotes academic and technical excellence in our tradecraft. Our management team consists of the board of directors, a larger advisory board and officers of ICMCP, working closely with the executive director. In addition, our regional chapters will be instrumental in advising our executive director and promulgating our mission globally.
Bridging The Great Minority Cybersecurity Divide
As the demographics of the U.S. population continue to become more diversified, the importance of increasing the participation of women and minorities in the workforce becomes of paramount concern. Since cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges to our Nation’s national and economic security and we’re facing a major talent shortfall in the industry, strategies to ensure all capable talent regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation feel welcome and included are critical. Under-participation by large segments of our society represents a loss of opportunity for individuals, a loss of talent in the workforce, and a loss of creativity in shaping the future of cybersecurity. Not only is it a basic equity issue, but it also threatens our global economic viability as a nation.