We are excited to announce our keynote, CybHER.org Founder and leader, 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 at Dakota State University. Ashley is also a member of the First Bank and Trust Board of Directors. Ashley has been an invited speaker at over 60 events such as Google, the BJA, FBI, Penn State, among others. Her research teams have received over 5.3 M in competitive grants. 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. Ashley was the recipient of the EmBe 2017 “Young Woman of Achievement”, The 2018 Merrill Hunter Award for Excellence in Research, and is a New America Cybersecurity Fellow.

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.