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Napolitano to Address 'Diversity in Cyber Security Conference'

1:32 PM, Oct 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the "Diversity in Cyber Security Conference" tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a press release from the organization hosting the event announced in a press release. The group Women in International Security is hosting the event.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

"The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Women In International Security (WIIS) will hold a discussion on the importance of diversity in building the cyber security workforce of the future, with a specific focus on the role of women. Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will provide the keynote address," reads the press release.

According to a Fox News report from the summer, Napolitano currently faces a lawsuit for creating a hostile work environment for men at DHS. "A longtime special agent in the Department of Homeland Security has filed a salacious discrimination lawsuit, saying he was shoved aside in favor of a woman with ties to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano -- who the suit claims presided over a female 'frat-house'-style department that routinely humiliated male staffers," Fox reported.

"The lawsuit, filed in May by James T. Hayes Jr., focuses on two Napolitano appointees, Suzanne Barr and Dora Schriro, who joined DHS in February 2009, five months after Hayes was promoted to director of ICE Detention and Removal Operations."

The keynote address is scheduled to last an hour, and will be moderated by Jolynn Shoemaker.

"Jolynn Shoemaker is director of Women in International Security (WIIS) at CSIS, the only global network actively advancing women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in international peace and security," reads the moderator's bio.

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