Our Mission

DEAFCYBERCON is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to create an equitable pipeline of career opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing women in cybersecurity. Our aim is to increase the net job growth rate for full- and part-time positions for deaf and hard of hearing women.

Our Impact

DEAFCYBERCON partners with private sector, philanthropic and academic organizations as we seek to gain their commitment to creating an inclusive environment for deaf and hard of hearing women through the use of sign language, interpreters, closed captions or assistive technologies. We facilitate educational activities such as awareness campaigns and industry certification trainings. We manage a collection of products that enable private sector businesses to attract qualified cybersecurity talent, meet their diversity, equity and inclusion objectives and integrate deaf and hard of hearing women into their workforce.

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Announcing DEAFCYBERCON

September 21, 20222 min read

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

EX NIHILO ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF DEAFCYBERCON

 

Washington, DC (September 20, 2022): Ex Nihilo Management, LLC a consultancy specializing in technology governance, cybersecurity, management consulting and training, is proud to announce the launch of DEAFCYBERCON, an online community and collaborative environment where deaf women can explore, identify and excel at careers in cybersecurity. 

In the DC Region alone, there were more than 65,000 cybersecurity job openings without enough trained workers to fill those positions in 2021 . Senior government officials describe the slow pace of cyber hiring as a "national security threat”, while only 25% of their cyber workers are women. Women make up 51% of the population. Gender bias, misperceptions and a lack of female role models have created barriers for this underutilized pool of resources. 42.9% of deaf people between the ages of 25 and 64 are not working or looking for work.

“We’re doing what we can to break down barriers to entry for deaf women. Cybersecurity is a people problem, not just a technical one. It’s a person that steals your identity, hacks into your computer or launches a ransomware attack. We need real people with a variety of skills to solve the problem. You don't need to be a hearing person to work in cybersecurity. As the sibling of two deaf women with successful careers in Government and Healthcare, I saw a huge opportunity to create an equitable pipeline of careers for deaf women in cybersecurity.” says Angela Dingle, President. 

DEAFCYBERCON is a call to action for anyone who owns a business is to help close this gap in our national security by creating career opportunities for deaf women in cybersecurity. Deaf women need female role models and mentors to help them prepare for and secure more interviews. Ex Nihilo wants to redefine the future for deaf women in cybersecurity. DEAFCYBERCON will make this happen! To learn more about DEAFCYBERCON, visit www.deafcybercon.us.

About Ex Nihilo Management, LLC: 

Ex Nihilo is a trusted advisor in the public and private sector, providing objective IT governance, risk management and compliance services based on a thorough understanding of customer requirements and deep systems integration experience. We provide the expertise and training necessary to ensure compliance with a variety of regulations, policies and directives governing

the acquisition, development and deployment of information systems throughout the enterprise such as GDPR, FEDRAMP, DoD 5000, FISMA, FITARA, Clinger-Cohen, NIST SP 800-53, PMBOK, CMMi, COBIT, ITIL and ISO/IEC 27002. Since 2002, we have helped our customers increase productivity, streamline workloads, manage risks, reduce costs and realize millions of dollars in savings. To learn more about Ex Nihilo, please visit www.exnihilo-mgmt.com.

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