Carnegie Mellon University
May 31, 2022

INI director, student scholars head to San Francisco for RSAC 2022

INI students Wil Luca ‘22 and Arshi Chadha ‘23 to represent CMU as RSA Conference Security Scholars. INI Director and RSA Advisory Board Member Dena Haritos Tsamitis will participate in EWF panel.

By Deana Lorenzo


RSA Conference (RSAC) is taking place June 6-9, 2022, in San Francisco and virtually. One of the largest  cybersecurity events in the world, RSAC will draw thousands of security experts, practitioners and students for four days of sessions, workshops and networking with some of the biggest minds in the field right now.

The theme of the conference, Transform, reflects the ever-evolving nature of cybersecurity in an increasingly inter-connected world. The agenda is packed with expert-led talks, keynote presentations, trainings and more featuring industry leaders and innovators.

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RSAC Security Scholar Program enters seventh year

Some of the brightest up-and-coming talent in the security field will showcase their research at RSAC, including two scholars from the INI: recent M.S. in Information Security (MSIS) graduate Wil Luca and current MSIS student Arshi Chadha.

These students will represent Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as part of the RSAC Security Scholar Program, which connects top cybersecurity students from 40 universities with their peers, industry experts and conference attendees. The INI played a significant role in the launch of the program in 2016 and has since sent a total of 20 Security Scholars to RSAC.

“It’s been exciting to see the Scholar Program grow and become what it is today,” said Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and a member of the RSAC Advisory Board. “This year’s conference theme is transform, and this program does just that by providing the opportunity for new talent to exchange innovative ideas and share impactful work.”

Luca and Chadha will present their research at the RSAC Security Scholar Program Poster Session taking place Wednesday, June 8, 12:25-1:15 pm PT in the Moscone West Level 2 Lobby. Details

RSA EWF Panel: INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis will share professional insights on cultivating a personal board of advisors

Haritos Tsamitis will participate in an RSAC panel discussion moderated by Joyce Brocaglia, CEO and Founder of Alta Associates & Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy. During the panel, women executives in cybersecurity will discuss the importance of having a personal Board of Advisors and how to thoughtfully choose qualified and diverse people to support you throughout your career.

EWF Sisterhood Chat: Cultivating Your Personal Board of Advisors will take place Tuesday, June 7, 2:25-3:15 pm PT in Moscone South 312. Details

About RSA ®C Security Scholar Program
RSA ® Conference Security Scholar occurs during RSA ® Conference and connects 80 of the brightest up-and-coming cybersecurity students with leading experts, peers and Conference attendees. The goal of the program is to share knowledge, experience and connections to enrich the discourse on how to stay ahead of cyberthreats. Learn more:

About RSA Conference
RSA ® Conference is the premier series of global events where the world talks security and leadership gathers, advances and emerges. RSA Conference events are where the security industry converges to discuss current and future concerns and get access to the people, content and ideas that help enable individuals and companies to win, grow and do their best. It is the ultimate marketplace for the latest technologies and hands-on educational opportunities that help industry professionals discover how to make their companies more secure while showcasing the most enterprising, influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in security today. Learn more: