Cal Poly to Host Women in Cybersecurity Leadership Forum on May 9

University’s California Cybersecurity Institute Will Also Host Training Event for Law Enforcement at Camp San Luis Obispo
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A panel of female leaders in technology from industry, government, law enforcement and higher education will speak at a Women in Cybersecurity Leadership Forum on May 9 at Cal Poly.

The panelists will cover a range of topics, including hackers; the state of security in government, industry and education; how cybersecurity trends impact the world; and the future of cybersecurity. Panelists will also discuss the work shortage in cybersecurity as well as cyber and liberal art majors. 

“Cybersecurity is important because it affects every sector of society, and at an increasing rate,” said Danielle Borrelli, business service coordinator for the California Cybersecurity Institute. “Despite a growing number of career opportunities, women are underrepresented in the cybersecurity field. We want to engage women now and show them the range of options available and the impact they can make. Women have a crucial role to play in shrinking the workforce gap for cybersecurity as a whole.”
Panelists include Borrelli; Alison Robinson, associate vice president of information technology at Cal Poly; Pamela Warren, director of government and industry initiatives at Palo Alto Networks; Melanie Donaldson, enterprise account manager for MSAB, a pioneer in forensic technology for mobile device examination; Alyssa Habling, senior account manager for Bugcrowd, which connects organizations to a global crowd of trusted security researchers to identify vulnerabilities; Patricia McQuaid, Cal Poly management information systems professor; Stephanie Cervantes, retired chief information technology security officer for the California Department of Justice; Natallia Beliakova, head of operations for Onica; and Susan Rice, senior director of user experience for Mindbody Inc.
The panel will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) on campus. It will be preceded by a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the same building. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend. To register, visit
Earlier in the day, Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute will host a related event, “Law Enforcement Technology Training Day,” at Camp San Luis Obispo. Attendees to the daylong training event will hear from cyber training experts, attend demonstrations and experience the CCI’s immersive training environment.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend; register at
About the California Cybersecurity Institute
The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) is a robust, multi-agency effort to protect California through enhanced cybercrime forensics and statewide tactical response training. A partnership with Cal Poly and the California National Guard, the CCI exists to equip first responders, engage youth in cybersecurity issues, and perform research and development in partnership with academia, government and industry. Learn more at

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