ASU professor of practice Kim Jones

ASU faculty, students gear up for cybersecurity conference

More than 40,000 cybersecurity professionals will descend upon San Francisco's Moscone Center in mid-April for the annual RSA Conference, "Where the World Talks Security."

Among them will be Kim Jones, director of the Cybersecurity Education Consortium at ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and two applied computing undergraduate students, Alaura Symons and Dominique Smith.

Symons and Smith are attending free of charge through the Security Scholar Program, connecting the brightest up-and-coming cybersecurity students to leading experts, peers and conference attendees. Its goal is to share knowledge, experience and connections to enrich the discourse on how to stay ahead of cyber threats.

The RSA Conference (RSAC), the world’s largest security conference, is an educational platform for exchanging ideas, sharing best practices and identifying future threats in cybersecurity. To enrich the conversation and identify future thought leaders, RSAC launched the RSA Conference Security Scholar program at the 25th anniversary conference in 2016. The program is now entering its third year.

Jones will also be a featured presenter at the conference, leading a breakout session titled, "Diversity in Cybersecurity — Changing the Conversation."