WiCyS SUNY Westchester Student Chapter L

WiCyS Vision

The mission of WCC Women in Cybersecurity Student chapter is to bridge the gender gap that exists in the Cybersecurity field. Our mission is to broaden participation in cyber by recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the field of cybersecurity, and improve on the very low 11% statistic of women in cybersecurity jobs. Cultivate a national community that supports students in their cybersecurity endeavors through extracurricular activities, career opportunities, mentoring, and keeping them at the forefront of cybersecurity trends.

Our purpose

The Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) is the only non-profit membership organization with a national reach that dedicates to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring. WiCyS enhance the educational and professional development of Women in cybersecurity students. The group supports the cybersecurity educational programs of academic institutions, inspires career awareness and encourages creative efforts to increase the number of graduates in the field. We aim to give our community college students to have opportunities that are provided by the WiCyS organization. Student’s success is crucial for the chapter.

Chapter Signup

https://goo.gl/forms/Y0Rsy5hWY9oIZDnw1

Chapter Advisers

Professor Sullivan

Professor Watkins

Professor Prezioso

Chapter Officers

See below

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Leaticia Osuagwu

President

My name is Leaticia Osuagwu, and I am the president of Westchester Community College Women in Cybersecurity Student Chapter. I am a cybersecurity enthusiast. My major is AAS in Cybersecurity, and I am on the president's list with a 4.0 GPA. I am a recipient of the rice family technology scholarship and the BCD-FS-ISAC scholarship recipient.

I previously have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration- HR and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). I currently work with a financial institution as a Jr. Information Security Engineer.

Together with my team, I will dedicate my time and resources to drive WCC WiCys student chapter to meet and exceed all expectations.

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Linda Saune

Vice President

At an early age, I got raised in an environment with obstacles in my upbringing in which conditioned strong work ethic as a necessity and a reward.  I am my mother’s last child and her only child who is going to college. As a Peruvian American, I want to give security back to the community from hackers who use their abilities for malicious actions. I joined Cybersecurity Program A.A.S under professor Watkins curriculum chair. The program allured me due to my current physical condition called progressive spastic paraplegia. I'm the vice president of WICYS chapter and content manager of cybersecurity club. My objective is to continue my studies even further to specialize in this type of field. Balancing in being my mom’s power of attorney/caregiver/health proxy, and school work have its challenges but not impossible. My mom went through two surgeries to remove her brain tumor called Meningioma. Even though my mom’s tumor is growing back, I’m thankful for having her had such a miraculous recovery, and I have faith that she will recover again. My plans in the future is to have a career, my bachelors, and provide my mom with a stable environment.

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Nadia Choudhry

Secretary

Throughout my life, I have been told by countless people that education is something you can’t put a price on and no one can take your knowledge away. My parents and other adults I look up to drilled these words into my head, and I’ve never forgotten these two things, and that’s why I place a high value on education. I believe that with knowledge, there is always a way out of any struggle you're facing. Knowledge is a tool that helps you to communicate with other people in an intelligent manner, which in turn will make people respect you and your opinions. “Knowledge is power” is a quote we often hear thrown around but I firmly believe in this quote and think it is one of the most accurate things anyone could say. Today I can say I have completed a BS in information systems and AS in cybersecurity. As the third child of the family, a female and a single mother, I want to show others that I am cable of doing the same task as males can. I am the secretary of the WiCys group. 

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Sara Correa

Treasurer

My name is Sara Correa. I was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. In my native country, I hold an undergraduate degree in Financial Management from Esumer University. I am in my first year of the cybersecurity program, and my current involvement on campus includes being one of the treasurers for WiCyS Club at the Westchester Community College. In my spare time, I love to read.

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Allie N. Lee

Treasurer 

Hello, my name is Allie. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Cybersecurity and a WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity) Club Treasurer.  I have always been intrigued by information technology and Cybersecurity, especially today as we continuously adapt ourselves to new technology and devices. About a year ago I was granted a chance to learn by enrolling as a student at WCC. Ever since that day, I have enjoyed learning Cybersecurity. As a novice in this field, I am continuously intrigued and always excited to learn anything related to Cybersecurity. Afterward, I plan to pursue a career in Information Security with the aid of the Cybersecurity foundation from WCC. I am very excited to be part of the recent WiCyS Club launch at WCC and can’t wait to explore and share the same interest in the realm of Woman in Cybersecurity with all of you.

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Thato Mofokeng

PR, Marketing, Web Management

Growing up in the African village, I didn’t know what a computer or television was, up until my early teens. The only way I used to listen to drama and news was by radio. One day that radio stopped working, I opened it up, connected the loose wires, and it worked. I graduated in May 2018 with the A.A.S in Cybersecurity. When I came to WCC, I was studying Nursing, halfway through the program, I realized that I was not enjoying it, so I transferred to Cybersecurity. The first time I saw the computer’s motherboard, I said to myself, this looks likes like the radio’s motherboard. I’m a part of Web Management in the WiCyS Chapter. I am a cybersecurity fan, and I love technology. I plan to continue with my studies and get my bachelor’s degree with the cybersecurity career. 

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Monica Rios

PR & Marketing 

Hello, all my name is Monica Rios, and I am part of the WCC Women in Cybersecurity student chapter. My role in WiCys is Public Relations and Marketing along with my team member Thato. Early on in life, I grew a fascination for technology and its evolution. Professor Sullivan inspired me to join the Cybersecurity curriculum which allows me to combine my passion for helping others and technology. Upon graduation, I would like to focus on a career in penetration testing/information security for healthcare. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are highly vulnerable, which makes them prone to data breaches. I am excited to continue to learn and enhance my knowledge in the Cybersecurity field in hopes of becoming a key contributor in the industry.

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Anwar Abu-Shayed

Web Management

My name is Anwar, and I am a Cyber Security A.A.S. major at Westchester Community College. I chose this degree because I enjoy teaching others about technology, especially security measures. In the future, I hope to continue to get my Masters. I am an active member of multiple clubs and my community. I am the Web Management officer for the WiCyS chapter and also the Vice president of my school's Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society Organization and an active member of Phi Theta Kappa.  I am the first in my family to go to college, which is a humbling opportunity and experience. I hope to achieve all my dreams and help others around me understand technology in a whole different light.

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Merideth Baird

Web Management

It is Christmas 2001, and I am 8 years old. I run downstairs and unveil a box that is covered in cow print...it is my very own Gateway desktop computer. From a young age, I was taught computer basics such as disk cleanup and cookie removal. Mmm...cookies. Currently, I am a part of web management for the WiCyS chapter. I am also the lead technician for Angel-Techs this semester. I will be graduating in December.