STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia

Meet Stephanie Moore: The Relationship between Computer Science, IT, and Cybersecurity

March 01, 2022 Dr. Natoshia Anderson
STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia
Meet Stephanie Moore: The Relationship between Computer Science, IT, and Cybersecurity
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Show Notes

Episode Summary

1.  There is a significant relationship between Information Technology, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity. They are intertwined together and yet they are talked about separately.
2. Stephanie is definitely one to watch in this space.
3. She is a woman of color in STEM that has leveraged her experience to help other women get into the tech space.
4. She is a proud HBCU alum.
5. PLEASE protect yourself online. There is so much information out there that you need to know to protect yourself online.

Stephanie Moore Bio

Stephanie is a Senior Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area (WMA). In her 16-year tenure with the firm, she has supported the intelligence community’s cybersecurity initiatives. In addition to her client work, she plays a significant role in developing firm programs to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is the recipient of industry awards such as Women of Color in STEM and BEYA Modern Day Technology Leader. Stephanie began her STEM journey as early as 7 years old when she demonstrated her curiosity of how the inner workings of things worked by taking them apart and re-engineering them back together. Stephanie grew up in rural Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and was reared in the home by her teen mother and grandmother. In high school, Stephanie took her first programming class. At that time, there were only two females in her class and she was the only person of color. Although she did not see people that looked like her taking computer science classes, she persisted.

She journeyed off to Virginia to study Computer Science and Norfolk State University (NSU). After one year, she changed her major to Business with an emphasis in Management Computer Information Systems.  The change was a welcomed one. It provided her with the right IT acumen coupled with business. A 1996 graduate, she has held various roles in the system development lifecycle and worked at companies such as Harris Publishing Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM.  Her client base spans state, local and federal government. Her most proud client engagement was with the Department of Justice’s Victim’s Compensation Fund, established for relatives of deceased victims and personal injury claimants. This opportunity footed her the means to indirectly support the war on terrorism and would eventually allow her to support client work in the intelligence community.

Given her experience growing up without women mentors that look like her, Stephanie has worked diligently to remain active in her STEM advocacy pursuits for girls and young women; especially those that are disadvantaged or otherwise would not have access to STEM education.  Her volunteer efforts include Delta Academy, Black Girls Code, BlackGirlsHack, Girls,Inc., FIRST Robotics and NSU’s Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IA-REDI).  IA-REDI is her latest endeavor in which she was appointed to a board committed to developing corporate partnerships to offer students cybersecurity opportunities and mentorship. Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in Global Engineering Leadership, emphasis Enterprise Services and Architecture. She made history as the first woman of color to complete her program discipline.

LinkedIn: Stephanie (Coll

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