About ICMCP

Mission Statement

The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (ICMCP) was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals.  Our mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time.  The ICMCP tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.

Our vision is to:  

  • Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of minority and women cybersecurity professionals.
  • Increase the number of minority and women students pursuing cybersecurity-related disciplines at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels by funding scholarships opportunities.
  • Facilitate the career advancement of existing member cybersecurity practitioners through mentoring, grants towards advanced degrees and professional certifications in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Establish a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for minority and women cybersecurity professionals.

As the demographics of the U.S. population continue to become more diversified, the importance of increasing the participation of women and minorities in the workforce becomes of paramount concern.  Since cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges to our Nation’s national and economic security and we’re facing a major talent shortfall in the industry, strategies to ensure all capable talent regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation feel welcome and included are critical.  Under-participation by large segments of our society represents a loss of opportunity for individuals, a loss of talent in the workforce, and a loss of creativity in shaping the future of cybersecurity. Not only is it a basic equity issue, but it also threatens our global economic viability as a nation.

Core Values

ICMCP seeks to increase the number of women and minorities who demonstrate academic excellence, attain a postsecondary cybersecurity credential with value in the labor market, and get launched on a career in the cybersecurity profession.

Strategic Goals

To expand ICMCP beyond the current eleven states with ~30 regions, rural to urban, to serve as starting places for demonstrating success, with a focus on scaling integrated academic and career bridges statewide.  To enhance and grow new programs that will leverage key strategic alignments and bolstering of existing workforce development initiatives to improve cybersecurity education, diverse workforce, and economic outcomes.

ICMCP By-Laws

  • To promote public awareness of cyber security and the opportunities for women and minorities in the profession.

  • To increase the number of women and minority students pursuing cybersecurity related disciplines at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels by funding scholarships opportunities.

  • To facilitates the career advancement of existing member cybersecurity practitioners through mentoring, grants towards advanced degrees and professional certifications in the field of cyber security. Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of women and minority cybersecurity professionals.

  • To continue to establish and demonstrate a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for women and minority cybersecurity professionals.