About the Speaker
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    Renita Rhodes
    Adjunct Professor, Management Information Systems and Cybersecurity, Harris Stowe State University

    Renita M. Rhodes is a seasoned professional with over 22 years of distinguished experience in Information Technology (IT), IT Audit, Risk Management, Compliance, and Cybersecurity. She currently holds the role of Vice President, Audit Manager - Cybersecurity Manager at a prominent global bank, where her expertise is instrumental in safeguarding critical information security controls and conducting audits of paramount significance.

    Renita's commitment to knowledge dissemination is evident through her roles as an Adjunct Instructor at Maryville University and Harris-Stowe State University. She imparts her knowledge through various courses, spanning Cyber Law, Policy, and Compliance, Security Information and Event Management, Introduction to Information Security, Applied Programming - Python, Cybersecurity Operations, and Systems Analysis and Design.

    Her academic journey includes a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems from Tennessee State University, a Master's degree in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Cybersecurity Certificate from Saint Louis University. During her graduate studies, she published a whitepaper titled "Developing Dynamic PeopleSoft Field Security Applications: A PeopleSoft Developer's Guide."

    Beyond her professional and academic achievements, Renita is a passionate cybersecurity awareness and training advocate. She actively engages in various organizations such as the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Careers Ambassadors Program and CyberUp, where she is a Board Member and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cybersecurity sector. Renita has also participated as a conference panelist and podcast guest discussing cybersecurity and AI.