Membership Meeting 12/13/2023

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Topic: Attending Cybersecurity Events

The Maryland Department of Commerce is involved in shaping the cybersecurity industry within the state. As a leader in the cyber community at the Maryland Department of Commerce, I promote, attract, and support Maryland technology companies through participation in conferences at the local, national, and international levels. In my presentation, I will discuss the economic advantages and opportunities resulting from attending cybersecurity events such as BlackHat, DefCon, and InfoSec Europe.

Speaker: Kimberly Mentzell, Director for Cybersecurity and Aerospace at the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Kimberly has worked in the technology field for over twenty years as an educator and professional in cybersecurity, networking, Linux, and programming. She held positions as a cyber program manager, IT manager, network administrator, technology coordinator, programmer, and auditor. She maintains several industry certifications, as well as teaches at the collegiate level at Capitol Technology University and Frederick Community College. Kimberly serves as a member of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, the Maryland Cyber Coordinating Council, and as the co-chair for the MD Cyber Education Committee in conjunction with the MD Center for Computing Education (MCCE) Steering Committee. In addition, she serves as a founding/executive board member of the Capitol Technology University Center for Women in Cyber. She is also a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys), Cybersecurity Association of Maryland (CAMI), Maryland Tech Council, TechFrederick Advisory Board, and Ethical Hacking Council Advisory Board. Recently, she received the FISSEA Innovator of the Year Award from NIST for her contributions to cyber education and was inducted into the Order of Thor by the Military Cybersecurity Professionals Association. In addition, she is also an active attendee and/or speaker at many local, national, and international cybersecurity conferences and events such as DefCon, BlackHat, RSA, BSides, and InfoSec – Europe.