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With growing industry needs, and 300,000 unfilled jobs in cybersecurity, ASU’s Cybersecurity Education Consortium (CEC) is actively working to empower students at any age to be the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and leaders.

The CEC works to partner with local high schools and community colleges to create pathways for students into the field of Cybersecurity.  We collaborate with industry and organizations around the Valley to create meaningful curriculum.  We work with our fellow academics at ASU and beyond to combine our resources and talents to better prepare students to lead the cybersecurity industry into the future.  The CEC also performs STEM outreach for local schools and teachers to help equip them with meaningful tools to cultivate and foster enthusiasm for the computer sciences.

ASU Trista Zobitz 

Trista Zobitz

Trista Zobitz is the Program Coordinator for the Cybersecurity Education Consortium.  She works with New College faculty and staff to support their cyber programming. Additionally, she works to build curriculum pathways from the K-12 schools to the university creating a pipeline of students to enter the cybersecurity workforce. Trista works with both the director of CEC and the Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives to accomplish the mission of the CEC and to support the members of the CISO advisory board.  

ASU Kim Jones 

Kim L. Jones

Kim L. Jones brings 30 years of experience as an intelligence, risk, and security professional, with over a decade of experience as a chief information security officer. Mr. Jones brings a business professional’s perspective to ASU, ensuring that CEC’s focus in the cyber arena remains aligned with the needs of the security community. 

Lara Ferry 

Lara Ferry

Dr. Ferry is the Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives.  She works with New College faculty and administration to move forward strategic research, programmatic, or community-facing initiatives and advance research and external funding within New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Lara works closely with Kim and Trista to execute the mission of the CEC and serves as an ex-officio member of the CISO advisory board.