Regional Chapter Charter - Atlanta ICMCP


Between October 2018 and September 2019, over 500,000 Cybersecurity positions were opened throughout the United States.1 By 2022, the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is projected to reach upwards of 1.8 million unfilled positions.2 Despite the projected 700,000 filled cybersecurity positions within the United States, 20% are filled with women.

While there is a growing need to develop cybersecurity talent to address the labor shortage, there is even a greater need to ensure the new population of cyber professionals brings diverse backgrounds, skills, abilities and talents capable of stifling the growth of cybercrime globally.

The Cyber professional of the future must not only be proficient in technical tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities, but also possess enhanced business acumen and critical soft skills in order to effectively execute the tasks required for the growing field. 3,4  


Diversity of thought and perspective is needed to evolve the practice of cybersecurity globally ; however, historically underrepresented groups have been unsuccessful in rapid penetration into the field. This may be attributed to: in permeating the field. The lack of penetration may be attributed to: 
  • Perception by employers that current educational infrastructure is failing to prepare students for Cybersecurity roles. 
  • Program graduates appear to lack fundamental knowledge, practical experience and critical soft skills. 5
  • Narrowed job search criteria by recruiters for candidates where historically underrepresented populations are limited. 
  • Limitations on technical skill development.
  • Limited hands on experience in deep technical disciplines. 


Increasing the diversity in Cybersecurity requires:
  • Increasing the pipeline of general interest in the field
  • Facilitating and investing in multi-dimensional growth of interested individuals
  • Testing, validating and confirming competency
  • Enhancing education and advocacy with future employers/recruiters to ensure that developed
  • Pipeline is considered for available opportunities



To increase the representation of underrepresented groups in Cybersecurity to 50% of the overall filled cybersecurity jobs by 2030.


To facilitate the growth and development of modern cybersecurity professionals competent and capable of evolving the practice of cybersecurity protection globally.


Metro Atlanta, Georgia

Office Held
Cassandra Dacus [email protected] President
Sherron Burgess [email protected] Secretary - Treasurer
Taiye Lambo [email protected]   Founding/ Past President
Christopher Cutts [email protected]  Director of Membership
Open   Vice President
Rick Hart  [email protected] Director of Career Placement
Ife Davis  [email protected] Director of Corporate Partnership
Open   Director of Marketing/Sponsorship
Susan Lam  [email protected] Director of Professional Development


To learn more about ICMCP and to stay engaged with the Atlanta Chapter, join the Atlanta ICMP Slack Channel.

For chapter related inquiries or request to join our chapter mailing list please email [email protected].


To Be Determined



September 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
ICMCP Engage | Inaugural ICMCP Atlanta Chapter Meeting Celebrating Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month

You're invited to join us for the Chapter's official launch meeting with a special celebration of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month.

Featured guest speakers:

  • Larry Whiteside , ICMCP Co-Founder and President – Special message to the Chapter
  • Tony UcedaVelez, CEO and Founder of VerSprite

Topic: Color Blind: Transcending Stigmas in Cybersecurity & Forging Your Own Camino


Abstract: In a world that still sees color, thriving in a largely under-represented field can sometimes benefit from being color blind and focusing on humility and execution as a leader. I’ll speak on key factors that have led to the success of various minorities in technology/ cybersecurity as well as a personal origin story.

Other highlights include:
  • Meet the new incoming ICMCP Atlanta Chapter Board Members
  • Learn about upcoming Chapter activities and events
  • Ask Questions. We want to hear from you. This is your opportunity to ask questions to the ICMCP Atlanta Chapter Board

Please submit any questions or comments you would like addressed prior to the meeting. Send email communication to [email protected] with the subject line: “Atlanta Chapter Meeting Questions” to get answers via email or during the chapter meeting. Your feedback is important to us!

Register here




August 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT

ICMCP Engage | Millennial Minutes - Transitioning into Cybersecurity

Join us in a conversation with young cybersecurity professionals as we discuss their roadmap into cybersecurity. 

Shaheda Choudary, Data scientist, Tata Consultancy Services
Fortune Onwuzuruike, Security Program Manager, Microsoft
Michael Williams, Healthcare Cardiac Monitor Technician, Emory Healthcare 

Christopher Cutts, Director of Membership, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter
Cassandra Dacus, President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter  

View the webinar

July 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT

ICMCP Engage | Winning the Cybersecurity Recruiting Race
Sponsored by Cloud Security Alliance

Join us as we bring Talent Acquisition experts and Technical recruiters to discuss the tips and tricks for landing a job in cybersecurity. 


Maliik BarakaTalent Acquisition Manager at Cox Enterprises
Jamey KinardInformation Security Risk & Compliance Analyst at Togetherwork; Managing Partner at Cyber Global Solutions


Kevin Dodson, ICMCP National Chair - Career Placement
Sherron Burgess, Vice President, ICMCP 

June 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT

ICMCP Engage | Workshop: Using a Cyber Range to learn how to Hack & Defend

Join us in a Tech Talk with Jovonni Pharr, Security Analyst, Data Scientist, Engineer, and owner of Georgia Cyber Warfare Range (the only Black-owned cyber range in the U.S.) as he shares about starting the Cyber Range – a safe space where Cybersecurity students and professionals can elevate their game with hands-on learning experiences and sharpen their skills to defend against their organization’s attack surface.

Jovonni Pharr, Security Analyst, Data Scientist, Engineer, at Georgia Cyber Warfare Range

Cassandra Dacus, President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter
Christopher Cutts, Director of Membership, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter

May 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
ICMCP Engage | A Place for Everyone In Cyber Security – Possibilities in the Space
Join us in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month as our guest panelists share their knowledge and experiences as Cyber Security practitioners.

Susan Lam, Vice President, Security, Risk, and Compliance, Fiserv
Ngy Ea, Partner, AIT Group LLC

Cassandra Dacus, President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter
Taiye Limbo, Past President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter

March 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT

ICMCP Engage | Women in Leadership: Bridging the Women Leadership Gap in Cybersecurity

Ria Aiken, Director, Business Information Security Operations & Third Party Risk Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Sherron Burgess, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, BCD Travel

Cassandra Dacus, President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter
Taiye Lambo, Past President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter

February 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT

ICMCP Engage | Leadership in the Midst of a Pandemic

David McCleod - VP & CISO, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Donna Ward - Senior Director, Information Security, BCD Travel

Taiye Lambo, Past President, ICMCP Atlanta Chapter


● Recruitment
  • Attracting new talent into the field by removing stigmas associated with non-traditional disciplines

  • Promotion of diverse thinking environments not just academic homogeneity

  • Targets: K-12, Mid-Career, Recruiters, C-Level Forums

  • Strategic Partnerships: HISPI, EC-Council, Herjavec Group, ISC2, ISACA, ASIS, CSIS, CIS, etc.

  • Critical Consideration: Must be fact/statistically based, POV stories, etc. Must make it mainstream.

● Education

  • Create buzz on the variety of cybersecurity jobs available and excitement about the profession – Career Days, Career Spotlights, Open Houses 

  • Discussions regarding how to acquire skills and transitioning to profession

  • Partnering with existing educational providers to develop talent (integrate the wheel not recreate)

  • Alignment with the NICE Framework for grounding and legitimacy of approach


  • Promoting – Ad-hoc informational sessions and networking;

  • Development of program with annual cohorts to walk the journey together with security community investing in their development

  • Ideas: Modeled after Leadership Atlanta or like Associations and/or UK Cyber Retraining. These models can be paid for by companies to send their talent for extensive development as supported by ICMCP (Perception-> organization provides a service/value)

  • Targets: K-12, College, Mid-Career


  • Purposed mentorship along 3 key lines: Business, Technical and Soft Skills.

  • Rotating mentorship or ongoing ad-hoc development opportunities in the way of one day forum covering these three areas. This may include workshops, think tanks, etc.

  • Method: To be delivered in cohort model but may also be delivered as one off to the general public.

  • Considerations: Will need to develop curriculum to align workshops and ad hoc events to competencies that would be required of cyber professionals.


  • Increasing education of recruiters on the value of diverse candidates and the value of the participants affiliated with ICMCP. 

  • Consider distinguishing membership from General member vs. member with honors/skills/training/ etc.

  • Open discussion with recruiters on what to look for in candidates, search criteria, etc.

  • Promotion of membership publicly – Sourcing to top employers (allowing sponsored companies first/early looks at key candidates).  - Inclusion of key designations, etc.

● Partnerships & Opportunities




21 January 2020. <>.

Crumpler, William and James Andrew Lewis. "The Cybersecurity Workforce Gap." 2019. 22 January
2020.< G_YvAjBSpkhEHiNfUWbBdBmFQigJMvzn>.

Kevin Beaver. "Security Careers: What to Expect in 2020." IANS Research, 2020.

Newhouse, William, et al. National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework). Special Publication. U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Gaithersburg: National Institute of Standards and Technology , 2019. 23 January 2020.

Reed, Jason, et al. "2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity." White Paper. 2017. 22 January 2020.


(Reed, Zhong and Terwoerds) 
(Kevin Beaver) 
(Newhouse, Keith and Scribner) 
(Crumpler and Lewis)