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Cyberside Chat: Professionals of Color in Cybersecurity

August 20, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Register for this event via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyberside-chat-professionals-of-color-in-cybersecurity-tickets-114973964222



You might have heard that there’s a cybersecurity talent shortage. According to cyberseek.org, there are currently over 500,000 cybersecurity job openings in the US, and that number is expected to continue growing every year. However, in an industry known for excellent compensation and career opportunities, why are there so few qualified individuals to fill the job openings of today?

Additionally, the current cybersecurity workforce is over 70% white and over 80% male. Why are there so few women and people of color (specifically Black and Hispanic individuals) entering this high-growth career field?

To help address some of these questions and provide insight for how people of color might start a career in the cyber sector, we’ve assembled a diverse mix of black and brown men and women across technical, non-technical, and executive leadership roles to provide insight to anyone in our community interested in exploring or furthering a career in tech.

Join us for a conversation around cybersecurity, how you might start a career in the field, the challenges and rewards of being a minority in tech, and other nuggets of wisdom from our excellent panelists! There will also be time for Q&A with our virtual audience.


  • Angela Hill, CEO – Jadex Strategic Group
  • Dereck Burchette, Security Engineer – Spectrum Health
  • Greg Hatcher, Information Security Consultant – VDA Labs

This event will be hosted via Zoom. A meeting link will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.

The Cyber Hub at WMCAT is proud to host this event in conjunction with Grand Circus – Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium (WMCSC).

Cyber Hub at WMCAT:
Beyond helping individuals build the skills for career success, the Cyber Hub at WMCAT aims to diversify the cyber talent pipeline in West Michigan by emphasizing the importance of connecting with traditionally underrepresented members of our community.



Please contact the Cyber Hub at WMCAT: cyber@wmcat.org