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Laura Malavé has over 19 years of experience teaching computer and information technology at the college level. Laura currently works at St. Petersburg College as Academic Chair for the College of Computer & Information Technology, leading the Certificate and Associates Degree in Cybersecurity. She has a Master of Science in Computer Science and B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Florida. In addition to these degrees, Laura has numerous industry certifications including: GIAC GSEC, CompTIA CySA+, Security+, Network+, A+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, MOS, and MTAs and is a member of the SANS Advisory Board.
Laura is an active member of ISC2 Tampa Bay and a volunteer and committee team lead for the BSides Tampa Conference. Laura received the 2016 League of Innovation Excellence Awards in Teaching and Learning in the category of: Innovation in the Use of Technology. She has been awarded three grants: NSF-ATE Grant Application Co-PI, Biomedical Engineering & Cybersecurity, SPC Innovation Grant 2016, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Lab, and SPC Titan Achievement Grant 2020, TitanSec Cybersecurity Escape Room. She led the initiative to have the SPC Associates Degree in Cybersecurity be designated as an NSA Cybersecurity Center of Academic Excellence in Two-Year Education (October 2019). She has served as a Cybersecurity subject matter expert for regional newspaper articles and television news. She has given conference talks on Cybersecurity at local and national conferences including: BSides Tampa 2020, WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity) 2020, and HITEC 2019 (High Impact Technology Exchange Conference). She is also a member of the HSI, Homeland Security Investigations, 2018 Citizens Academy, and the FBI Fall 2019 Citizens Academy. Laura is also an active Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for Higher Education, Publisher, and K-12 Materials and has completed more than 20 Peer Reviews.