Preparing the nation's cybersecurity is focus of Industry Night discussion

Eastern New Mexico Univerisity in RuidosoThe nation's cybersecurity—and its need for cybersecurity professionals to defend it—were the focus of a ENMU-Ruidoso Industry Night on May 23.

The event was co-hosted by ENMU-Ruidoso and CyberWatch West.

Lynn Clark - NSAKeynote speaker was Barbara Lynne Clark, chief of the National Security Association/Department of Homeland Security National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program Office in Baltimore. MD.

"The nation has a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals," Clark told the audience. "We need two million more trained professionals within the next five years."

ENMU-Ruidoso is one of only 78 community colleges out of 1,200 colleges designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in cybersecurity education.

Because its Associate of Applied Science Degree Information Systems Cybersecurity is NSA and DHS recognized, and because the degree is offered completely online, the Cybersecurity Institute attracts students from across the nation, making it one of the most-sought programs of its type in the nation.

Industry Night featured a panel of educators and cyber security experts that included Dr. Lori Liebrock of New Mexico Tech's NM Center for Cybersecurity; Dawn Moore, director of New Mexico IT Apprenticeship Program, Central New Mexico Ingenuity, Inc.; Dr. Jim Miller of Placer Mountain Services; Dr. Venna Parboteeah, assistant dean and professor of Information Systems at ENMU-Portales, and Matthew Klipstine, network technician and recent ENMU-Ruidoso graduate.

Far left: Experts Panel: From l-r: Dr. Venna Paroteeah, Dr. Jim Miller, Matthew Klipstine, Dr. Lori Liebrock, Stephen Miller

Center: Stephen Miller, Co-PI CyberWatch West and Director of ENMU-Ruidoso's Cybersecurity Institute

Right: Matthew Klipstine

"ENMU-Ruidoso's Cybersecurity program was a game changer for me," Klinestine said.

Because the program was local, affordable and convenient, Klinestine completed the online degree and was hired as a network technician at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

Stephen Miller, director of ENMU-Ruidoso's Cybersecurity Institute and Co-Pi of CyberWatch West, facilitated the panel discussion.

More than 35 invited business leaders and community leaders from Ruidoso and surrounding communities attended the event.

For information about ENMU-Ruidoso's Cybersecurity Institute, visit the college's website:, or call 575.257.2120.