Cybersecurity is a key aspect of an ever-evolving IT industry. Irrespective of the field, every industrial category involves data, mostly digital, that regulates company-oriented, all-encompassing processes. The data inventory collects and possesses sensitive facets of any organization, which, if stolen, can be leveraged for various malicious activities. These activities can significantly impact an organization, including its assets and employees’ information. As a result, there is a greater need to integrate a secure cybersecurity system and encourage aspirants to do so. Joyce Hunter soon recognized the absence of a dedicated institute that solely focuses on providing objective analytical research publicly available to policymakers, government leaders, and critical infrastructure stakeholders around the world, except for the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), and hence joined as the Executive Director.
Joyce’s keen sight for a change stems from her nature as a strategic doer and philanthroprenuer. Being a multi-dimensional experienced leader, she offers a “big picture’ to clients by combining knowledge of current business needs with expertise in applying a spectrum of technologies, standards, and partners to meet local, national, and global challenges. In addition, she leverages a diverse background in executive coaching, strategic management, and information technology advisory services to industry, non-profits, and all levels of government.
ICIT began with doing research and providing published content specifically on cybersecurity. Listening to the market, the cybersecurity think tank noticed that there was a demand for collaboration and communication, so the team held in-person breakfast, lunch, or dinner meetings and three major events (Spring Briefing, Fall Briefing, and its’ annual gala recognizing public and private sector cybersecurity leaders). Due to the pandemic, the think tank has shifted to a virtual model that enables it to attract national and international members and partners. The objective and mission of the institute are to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of its Nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend its democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders. Now ICIT is the nation’s leading cybersecurity-related entity that provides objective, non-partisan research, advisory, and education to legislative, commercial, and public-sector cybersecurity stakeholders.
To elucidate, ICIT programmes and initiatives support federal cybersecurity leaders and practitioners in all 16 critical infrastructure sectors defined by the Department of Homeland Security and can be leveraged by other community members impacted by digital adversaries, including small and medium-sized business owners, academia, and other industries impacted by digital threats. While competitors such as Gartner, Forrester, IDC, and others focus on specific aspects such as supply chain and DevSecOps, ICIT solely focuses on cybersecurity in particular.