Alice in Cyberspace


The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) Alice in Cyberspace conference will be hosted at Kean University in Union, NJ on September 28, 2018 from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM. The intent of the conference is to attract women to the cybersecurity profession and encourage more women to pursue leadership roles in the field. Speakers will cover a range of topics, including highlighting different disciplines within cybersecurity, moving into management and CISO roles, and overcoming obstacles, particularly those experienced by women. Our goal is to provide attendees with increased knowledge of the cybersecurity industry and the many opportunities it offers, empower women to pursue leadership roles in the industry, and provide a venue to network with industry professionals and potential employers.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Representatives from local private and public-sector organizations will staff tables to recruit for open and prospective cybersecurity positions.

If your organization would like to staff a table at the conference, please email


8:00 - 8:45

Registration and Networking (breakfast provided)

8:45 - 9:00

Opening remarks

Jared Maples, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

9:00 - 9:40

“If Skills == True, then Hire: How to Get Your First Job in Cybersecurity”

Mandy Galante, Director of the Information Technology Institute at Mater Dei Prep High School

9:40 - 10:20

“Alice’s Journey Through Cyberspace”

Roota Almeida, AVP and Head of Information Security, Delta Dental

10:20 - 10:35


10:35 - 11:15

“Cybersecurity Pathways”

Dr. Patricia Morreale, Professor and Director of the School of Computer Science, Kean University

11:15 - 11:55

NJCCIC Panel - Women of the NJCCIC share their experiences and current job roles.

11:55 - 12:45

Networking Lunch (lunch provided)

12:45 - 1:25

"Alice through the Glass Ceiling: Women and the Cyber Workforce"

Lynn Costantini, Manager - Cyber Security Oversight and Compliance, NJ Board of Public Utilities

1:25 - 2:05

“My Information Security Journey”

Mary Gu, Lead Information Security Specialist, ZocDoc

2:05 - 2:20


2:20 - 3:00

"Human Security and Innovation: Changing the War on Cybersecurity"

Jessica Robinson, Founder and CEO, PurePoint International

3:00 - 3:40

“Marketing in Cybersecurity: Opportunities, Challenges and Pitfalls”

Danelle Au, CMO at Blue Hexagon

3:40 - 4:20

“Take Charge! How to manage career advice to make it to the top”

Lena Licata, Director, Process Risk Technology Services, EisnerAmper




Director Jared Maples

Jared Maples was named Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) by Governor Philip Murphy on April 17, 2018. In his role, he serves as the federally designated Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) to the Governor and is the Cabinet-level executive responsible for coordinating and leading New Jersey’s Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, and Emergency Preparedness efforts.

Director Maples serves as Chair of the NJ Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force (DSPTF) and is an Executive Member of the NJ Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Port of NY/NJ Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC), and the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel. Additionally, Director Maples is Co-Chair of the Statewide Public Safety Communications Commission and serves on the National Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC).

Director Maples holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, and an Associate’s degree from Valley Forge Military College.

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Mandy Galante

Mandy Galante believes that cybersecurity learning should be available to everyone, giving students active experiences that make lessons more meaningful – and fun! With over 15 years as a cyber educator, she created her own innovative curriculum, helping her students to win scholarships at competitions like CyberPatriot and GirlsGoCyberStart. Mandy has been named Monmouth County Teacher of the Year, CyberPatriot Coach of the Year, and has received the Yale Educator award. To round out her own cybersecurity knowledge, Mandy earned her Master’s in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland, and several professional certifications including the GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC).

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Roota Almeida

Roota Almeida is a dynamic senior IT Executive responsible for successful implementation of information security, risk and compliance systems and strategies across multiple industries with global operations.  Currently, she is the AVP - Head of Information Security at Delta Dental of NJ and CT, leading the development and implementation of enterprise-wide information security strategy, policies, risk assessments and controls.

Prior to Delta Dental, Roota was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Covanta Holdings Corp., a leader in Energy-from-Waste. As a CISO she led all aspects of Information security and risk, including global information security awareness programs, policies, business continuity and incident response teams.

Roota has over 15 years of direct experience in establishing and maintaining global security strategies, architectures, standards, and compliance while driving the necessary cultural changes to affect measurable improvements in the organizations’ security posture.  Roota is a recognized thought leader in the industry and serves as a Co-Chair for Evanta’s NJ CxO Summits and Advisory Board Member for HMG’s CIO and CSO Summits. She is also a Governing Body Member for various other technology conferences. She is a frequent speaker at various conferences such as MIT’s CIO Symposium, HMG’s CIO Summit of America. Her in-depth experience and expertise in the field of Information Security and Risk Management can be measured by the various articles, eBooks, interviews and podcasts she has to her credit.

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Dr. Patricia Morreale

Patricia Morreale, PhD, is a Professor and Director of the School of Computer Science at Kean University in Union, NJ.  She conducts research into secure, trustworthy software design for mobile and networked applications. Before her university career, she worked in industry, securing enterprise networks and services. She is the author of several books, and holds a patent in real-time fault detection for networked systems.  She is a member of NCWIT's Academic Alliance Advisory Board. At Kean, cybersecurity degree options are available in both the BS Computer Science and BS Information Technology degrees, as well as a cybersecurity minor.  Dr. Morreale holds a BS from Northwestern University, a MS from the University of Missouri, and a PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology, all in Computer Science.

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Lynn Costantini

Dr. Costantini is an information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility sector.  She has held executive level positions including Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, where she helped launch the Electricity Sector ISAC.   As a subject matter expert on cyber security, Dr. Costantini has written federal and state regulations that are intended to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks and has testified before Congress regarding electric utilities’ cyber disaster preparedness. While at NERC, she helped write the first two versions of the CIP standards. Her responsibilities at the NJ Board of Public Utilities include building and sustaining effective partnerships with government and private sector stakeholders to foster cyber security information sharing; to identify and mitigate cross-sector cyber dependencies; and, to spur innovative solutions to persistent security problems. 

In her role as chair of NARUC’s Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure, Dr. Costantini works to raise awareness of emerging issues that may affect the security, reliability and resilience of critical infrastructure and to explore their regulatory implications.

Dr. Costantini holds a D.Sc. from New Jersey City University, an MBA from Rider University, and a BA in Economics from Seton Hall University. Her doctoral research focused on ways to improve partnership outcomes between government and private sectors in critical infrastructure industries. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential holder since 2008, Dr. Costantini is also an ISC2-certified instructor.

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Mary Gu


Mary Gu has been at Zocdoc for 5 years working in various fields of the business and joined the Information Security team in 2016. With her versatile background, resourcefulness and communication skills, she has driven multiple Information Security initiatives while contributing to areas such as policy development, third party risk management, industry partnerships, awareness training and HITRUST. 

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Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson is Founder and CEO of PurePoint International helping people and companies to be safe by bridging the gap between physical and cyber security. She is owner of the #1 security company of choice for women-led and/or owned businesses and organizations globally and is the winner of the JCI Philippines-New York ICON of IMPACT Award for International Affairs and Women's Security.  As a business cyber security and personal security expert, she supports clients with outsourced Chief Information Security Officer, CISO, and Data Protection Officer, DPO, services including cyber security board governance, incident response, creating cyber security policies and procedures, conducting security assessments and employee training on cyber security prevention, information security, and threat prevention. PurePoint International provides training and consulting focused on creating a safe and empowered workplace for insurance, Financial Services, Global middle market companies, and international non-profits. Jessica is North America Volunteer Chair, and NYC co-leader for Women in Application Security and a 2018 Agent of Change Fellow with the Center for Social Innovation. Jessica is co-author of the #1 Amazon best seller "Mission Unstoppable." Jessica has spoken at the UN. 

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Danelle Au

Danelle is CMO at Blue Hexagon. She has more than 15 years of experience bringing new technologies to market. Prior to Blue Hexagon, Danelle was VP Marketing at SafeBreach, a breach and attack simulation company where she built the marketing team and defined a new market category. Prior to SafeBreach, was VP Marketing at Adallom, where she helped position the company as a CASB leader through its acquisition by Microsoft. She was also Director, Security Solutions at Palo Alto Networks, driving growth in critical IT initiatives like virtualization, network segmentation and mobility. Danelle was co-founder of a high-speed networking chipset startup, co-author of an IP Communications Book and holds 2 U.S patents.

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Lena Licata

Lena Licata is a Director in the Consulting Services Group, with more than 10 years of experience that includes public accounting and private industry. She assists clients primarily in the financial services and pharmaceutical industries, providing a host of IT audit and risk services.

Lena helps ensure controls are working properly and business process documentation is current, through annual risk assessment and internal control testing. She identifies and evaluates control deficiencies and designs remediation efforts for the short and long term. In addition, she performs various services related to business process improvement and financial compliance projects.

Prior to joining the firm, Lena was an information risk and security consultant. Her previous experience also includes serving in the pharmaceutical industry as an IT Internal Audit Senior Manager as well as a Manager in Information Technology Advisory Services at a Big 4 accounting firm, where she was involved with identity and access management remediation, vendor risk management projects and internal audit co-sourcing engagements.

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There is no cost to attend this conference; however, seating is limited and registration is required.

Please Note: Those who register for this event and are not currently NJCCIC members will be required to sign up for free membership. Additionally, you will not receive an immediate email confirming your registration. A confirmation email will be sent to you once registration has concluded in a few weeks. There are limited spots open for professionals and students. Please use the appropriate registration form below to register for this event.


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Kean University - STEM Auditorium

Alice in Cyberspace will be held in the STEM Auditorium at Kean University

Address: 1075 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083


From the Garden State Parkway Northbound:

Take Garden State Parkway to Exit 140, keep right and follow signs for Route 82 East towards Elizabeth (Morris Avenue East). Stay on Morris Avenue (Route 82 East) and Kean University Campus will be 2 miles down on your right [the STEM building is across the street]. Make a left at Kean Drive [ the next block after Green Lane] and the first right at Elizabeth town Plaza. The parking lot is on the left. The STEM building is across from the parking lot.


Take Garden State Parkway to Exit 140-A onto Route 22 West. Keep right and follow signs to Elizabeth (Route 82 East). Turn right on Morris Avenue (Route 82 East). Stay on Morris Avenue (Route 82 East) and Kean University Campus will be 2 miles down on your right [the STEM building is across the street]. Make a left at Kean Drive [the next block after Green Lane] and the first right at Elizabeth town Plaza. The parking lot is on the left. The STEM building is across from the parking lot.