Core Mission

CybHER®’s mission is to empower, motivate, educate, and change the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. By providing resources for girls from middle school through collegiate programs and into professional careers, CybHER will allow women to foster positive and encouraging relationships within this industry through original and curated content that educates and motivates women. Ultimately, our goal is to increase diversity by introducing more girls to cybersecurity, who will then transition to women in collegiate programs, and finally highly trained professionals. While CybHER’s mission is to promote STEM and technology for females, CybHER is open to everyone.

Founders

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

Founder

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is the Associate Dean of the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences and Associate Professor of Digital Forensics and Dakota State University. Ashley is also a board member of the First Bank and Trust Board of Directors. Ashley has been an invited speaker at several events and universities including The Pennsylvania State University, Bureau of Justice Affairs, Women in CyberSecurity, InfraGard, OSMOSIS Conference among others. Her research teams have received over 5.6 M in competitive grants and contracts. Current awards include an NSF REU site, NSF NRT program and NSA GenCyber. In addition to her academic and professional work, she has a strong passion for increasing gender diversity in cybersecurity. She is the co-founder of CybHER™, an initiative to increase gender diversity in cybersecurity. Ashley was the recipient of the EmBe 2017 “Young Woman of Achievement”, The 2017 Merrill Hunter Award for Excellence in Research, 2017 and 2018 New America Cybersecurity Fellow, and is a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador. 

Dr. Pam Rowland

Dr. Pam Rowland

Founder

Pam Rowland is an Assistant Professor at Dakota State University in Cyber Security, Director of the CybHER MadLabs, Director of the Center of Excellence for Information Systems, and Undergraduate Research Coordinator. Pam’s area of research focuses on recruitment and retention of women in cybersecurity. Pam is the PI and the Director for the GenCyber: Girls in CybHER Security Camp grant sponsored by the NSA and NSF. The grant allows middle school girls to attend a weeklong residential camp allowing girls to explore an interest in cybersecurity through learning about programming, networking, and security. The CybHER program was created by Rowland and Podhradsky because of their passion to encourage girls to explore education and careers in cyber.

CybHER Girl

CybHER Girl is dedicated in memory of Aimée Tabor

CybHER Girl is dedicated in memory of Aimée Tabor

Dr. Aimée Tabor (March 3, 1977 – December 8, 2015)

TRUST Education Director at University of California, Berkeley
Aimee Tabor Dr. Aimée Tabor was a strong force for broadening participation in STEM and an advocate for increasing access to education for women, minorities and underrepresented populations in STEM. Aimée was the Program Manager for UC Berkeley’s TRUST Center and an advocate for Black Girls Code.

Through her work, she impacted and inspired so many people. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, perseverance, bright smile and optimism. Dr. Tabor was a mentor for Dr. Podhradsky, Co-Founder of CybHER, and CybHER Girl is dedicated to her memory.