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.
Dr. Ashley Podhradsky
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 is an Assistant Professor in Cyber Security at Dakota State University, Director of the CybHER Institute, Coordinator Masters Cyber Defense, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Information Systems. Her research interest focuses on the social inclusion of girls in cyber security. She enjoys educating others on cyber security awareness and career opportunities. Pam’s passion is a project called CybHER(TM) which she co-founded with Dr. Ashley Podhradsky. This project focuses on empowering, motivating, educating, and changing the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. The project has been supported by grants from the NSA, NSF, NCWIT, and the AAUW. Each summer, the NSA sponsors the GenCyber girls in CybHER security camp. This camp is a fantastic opportunity for middle school girls to explore cyber at a residential week-long camp.
CybHER Girl is dedicated in memory of Dr. Aimée Tabor
Dr. Aimée Tabor (March 3, 1977 – December 8, 2015)
TRUST Education Director at University of California, Berkeley
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.