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2018 WV Coding & Cyber Summit Wrap-Up

More than 200 people joined TechConnectWV and the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation for the 2018 West Virginia Coding & Cyber Summit, held November 15 in Charleston.

Participants learned of existing and projected workforce opportunities in cybersecurity, educational programs underway in the state including K-12, cyber awareness and best practices and more.

To see a short video about the conference, click here.

Karen S. Evans, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy in August 2018, addressed the Summit and noted that West Virginia is “forward leaning” in addressing this opportunity now.  Evans, a West Virginia native, works with industry to ensure the most advanced and secure energy infrastructure.

Diane Miller, Corporate Director of Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development for Northrop Grumman Corporation, spoke about efforts to fill open cyber jobs across the nation and described the different types of jobs in the cyber profession. To view a clip of her remarks, click here.

McAfee executive and Pocahontas County native Jason Rolleston explained why West Virginians are well suited for careers in cybersecurity, stressing that the challenge is to help them realize that this is an opportunity worth exploring. To view a clip of his remarks, click here.

To read a recap of the event in WV Metronews, click here. And, to view photos from the event,  click here.

TechConnectWV thanks our sponsors for the event, including:


  • Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation

Platinum Level Sponsor:

  • IBM

Gold Level Sponsor:

  • Appalachian Power

Silver Level Sponsors:

  • BridgeValley Community & Technical College
  • Marshall University Digital Forensic & Information Assurance Program
  • NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium
  • New South Media
  • Northrop Grumman
  • WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science & Research
  • Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
  • University of Charleston
  • WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • West Virginia University

Bronze Level Sponsors:

  • Advantage Technology
  • Allegheny Science & Technology
  • Core10