North Central Educational Services District Hosts Cybersecurity Forum for Local Professionals

The North Central Educational Service District offers professionals a free opportunity to learn about cybersecurity in all career sectors, including education. A cybersecurity summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 18 at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.

“It’s really driven by the need for cybersecurity. The whole pipeline from K-12 education to industry is sort of lacking as the cybersecurity field grows and becomes more important,” said Pete Phillips, executive director of technology services at NCESD. “So we’re trying to create that pathway and build a cohort of cybersecurity specialists, from education to business to tech.”

The event will feature three experts, including an information security officer from Wenatchee Valley College, who will provide different information related to cybersecurity before opening the discussion.

“Cybersecurity is so huge and where we start on February 18 is kind of an exposition and terminology and painting the picture of where we are in north central Washington,” Phillips said.

Sol Cates, Steve Garcia and Corrinne Sande are the guest speakers at the event. Cates is a cyber and cloud expert CTO, Garcia is WVC’s Chief Information Security Officer, and Sande is the Director of IT and Information Systems at Whatcom Community College.

To register, go here.

Janice G. Ball