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Stepping into Cybersecurity

Overview and insights into Cybersecurity by leading women in the field.

High-profile Cyber attacks seem to constantly flood news headlines, so it’s no wonder that Cybersecurity experts are becoming such an important and in-demand position for all types of firms.

Finding the right career path in the Cybersecurity industry isn’t always easy. While some know they want to go into the field straight out of university, many work in IT, finance, psychology, engineering and others before exploring a more specialized career in the industry.

Whether you are straight out of school or looking for a shift in career, join the discussion panel with these women leading and engineering the Cybersecurity space.


Please send in your questions for the panelists at newengland@ietvolunteer.org


All times are in EDT (GMT-4)


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


15 Jul 2020

2:00pm - 3:00pm

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New England Local Network

Registration Information

This is a free event open to the public, please register for the webinar here. After registering, you will be sent details on how to access this Zoom webinar via email.


Please send your questions for the panelists to newengland@ietvolunteer.org


Alexa Raad

Alexa Raad


Alexa Raad has deep knowledge in the cybersecurity, DNS, cloud, and internet infrastructure and IoT industries, and is the author of a US and European patent in internet security. She is a P&L leader and strategic advisor to CEOs, executive teams and private equity teams. Alexa has a successful track record of growing revenues, scaling organizations internationally, and developing new markets in US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Her career experience includes roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Board Member, Chairman of the Board and private equity consultant.

Maryam Rahmani

Maryam Rahmani

Sr. Business Development Manager - Microsoft Cybersecurity Solutions Group

Maryam Rahmani is a Sr. Business Development Manager with Microsoft Cybersecurity Solutions Group. In her role, she is committed to enablement and empowerment of public sector customers through collaboration with partners leveraging both Microsoft’s end-to-end intelligent security platform and partners’ strengths to help customers fulfill their mission. Previously, she worked as a consultant in a cyber risk advisory helping organizations mitigate cyber related risks. Maryam is on the board of the Society of High-Performance Computing Professionals, a charitable, non-profit organization educating and connecting HPC users from industry and academia.

Megan Samford

Megan Samford

Global Director of Product Safety & Security - Rockwell Automation

Megan Samford, Global Director of Product Safety & Security, Rockwell Automation - Megan is a security executive with a career spanning several positions both in government and the private sector with focus on industrial control systems security, critical infrastructure protection and risk analysis. In her role at Rockwell Automation, Megan is responsible for driving the product security strategy and program for Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation, with its Allen Bradley and Rockwell Software product lines, is the world’s largest company dedicated to automation and Industrial Control Systems.

Kimberly Young-McLear

Kimberly Young-McLear

Fellowship - Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Lieutenant Young-McLear is currently serving on a fellowship at Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA). She brings her expertise to two DHS CISA sub-divisions concurrently to execute the CISA Industrial Control Systems Strategy and other initiatives to develop a national cyber workforce pipeline. LCDR Young-McLear served previously as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) where she provided direct support to a Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the development of DHS policy, mission planning, and execution for 240K employees. She has served in several Coast Guard communities, including Marine Safety and Naval/Industrial Engineering.

Andrew Mcdonald

Andrew Mcdonald

Engineering Director Digital, Automation and Control, Chair IET New England Network - Unilever

Andy started his Unilever career in supply chain R&D 22 years ago developing global A&C strategy in Batch Manufacturing, Packing Line optimization and MES.   Since then, much of Andy’s career focused on leadership of transformative change programs as part of global and regional teams. Andy has come full circle, returning to his Automation roots, leading factory floor Cybersecurity, Digital Factory and Automation and Control for Unilever’s global engineering organization.

Over the last three years, Andy has focused his efforts in creating value in manufacturing through deployment of new technologies and putting data in the hands of Unilever’s experts

Andrew earned his degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Aston, UK, is a  Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and chairs the IET’s New England Network.  Andy worked closely with ISA Leadership, as chairman of OMAC and is a founding board member of the Automation Federation, whose early focus was Cybersecurity.


Reasons to attend

Gain an insight and overview by the leading women into the world of Cyber Security, as well as earning 1 CPD certificate to add to your portfolio.


Online Webinar presented by the New England Local Network

United States

Any timings will be EDT (GMT-4)


This event will be streamed live and is available to watch online only from any location across the world.


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