Closing the Gap A Department of Defense (DoD) Conference on Re-entry for Women Veterans into Cybersecurity Careers


Costis Toregas
Rachelle Heller
Taly Walsh
Calese Balut


This paper describes the activities and results of a George Washington University DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) capacity building project Grant No. H98230-19-1-0320 during the 2020-2021 academic year. In particular, the report provides information about the conference held onClosing the Gap: Re-entry of Women Veterans into Cybersecurity Careers.”

Closing the Gap was a working virtual conference combining presentations and break-out discussions which focused on the research in cyber workforce development and gender issues. By bringing together a variety of stakeholders in this topic, this working conference was able to address how to overcome challenges to increase the recruitment, representation, and retention of women veterans in the cybersecurity workforce and to provide practical suggestions for improvement.


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Author Biographies

Costis Toregas, GWU CSPRI Director

The George Washington University, Washington D.C, Washington, USA

Rachelle Heller, GWU

The George Washington University, Washington D.C, Washington, USA

Taly Walsh, GWU

The George Washington University, Washington D.C, Washington, USA

Calese Balut, GWU

The George Washington University, Washington D.C, Washington, USA


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