March 2023 Chapter Meeting: Getting Involved: Cybersecurity Workforce Development in OregonMarch 2023 Chapter Meeting:

With an enormous and growing gap between the number of unfilled cybersecurity roles and the number of trained specialists produced by our education system, the need for professionals to contribute within Oregon has never been greater.

Fortunately, Federal, State, EDU, and private sector focus on addressing this problem continues to increase in the form of funding, legislation and new program starts. In this presentation, speaker Charlie Kawasaki will cover some promising developments including Oregon House Bill 2049 establishing an Oregon Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and funding several cybersecurity workforce development programs at our Universities and Community Colleges. Charlie will present progress and updates on some of these programs, including multiple ways for information security professionals to get involved and make a difference.


Thursday, March 9th, 2023 – 11:30AM – 1:00PM


This will be an in-person event. A virtual attendance option will be provided.


3200 NW Yeon Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Lunch is included at the event.

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Charlie Kawasaki

Charlie Kawasaki, CISSP has over 40 years’ experience in software engineering, cybersecurity, network engineering, and AI. For 18 years, Charlie served as a technical leader and CTO for Oregon-based PacStar (now a unit of Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions), engineering and manufacturing tactical military networking systems. Charlie currently advises early-stage technology companies in the cybersecurity and AI industry and is a venture partner with Oregon Venture Fund.

Charlie currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), the OSU EECS industry advisory board and executive committee, and the Mount Hood Community College industry advisory council for cybersecurity. He is currently actively involved in developing the CyberClinic at OSU (fka ORTSOC). Charlie is founder and co-manager of NW Cyber Camp, a leading cybersecurity educational camp for high school students, currently operated in collaboration between OSU, PCC, MHCC, PSU and EnergySec.

Charlie began his involvement with the community in the early 1990s, joining the board of the Software Association of Oregon (a precursor to TAO) where he served for 9 years as board member, vice-chair, and chairperson. In 2019, he received the OSU EECS Industry Collaborator of the Year award. In 2021, he received the TAO Tech Champion award.

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