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Beyond the Classroom: A Panel on Cybersecurity

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT

At this panel, you will learn what a career in cybersecurity looks like, how to develop the skills necessary to pursue this profession, and the rewards and challenges associated with it. You will also be introduced to the new Master of Science in Cybersecurity. After the panel discussion, there will be opportunity for one-on-one networking with the panelists.

The moderator is Maheshwar Boodraj, Ph.D., an assistant professor of information technology management at Boise State University.


Shawna Hofer is chief information security officer for St. Luke’s Health System. St. Luke’s is the only Idaho-based, not-for-profit health system, with 9 hospitals and 200+ clinics serving the needs of communities across southwest Idaho. She has 10 years of experience in technology and security, including 3 years serving as an Enterprise Risk Services Consultant at Deloitte & Touché, LLP.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from Boise State University and an Master of Science in Accounting Information Systems from San Diego State University. She is a HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP), a Certified Healthcare Information Security Leader (CHISL) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Kaitlyn Huso is a Global Security Project Manager at Micron Technology. The projects she manages revolve around cyber security, engineering and architecture, and physical security. Kaitlyn is an alumna of Boise State University, class of 2020. During her time at Boise State, she was the COBE representative for ASBSU for two terms, and sat on multiple student and academic boards. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management in May 2020.

Reid Tokarz is a solution consultant and business development manager for Cisco and has led security services programs with $50M+ customers, predominantly in the automotive, IT, government, entertainment and telecommunications industries. Reid managed the growth of Cisco’s new Connected Vehicle Security program, overseeing multiple projects with global auto manufacturers with $25M of revenue in the first two years. He also collaborates with Cisco’s sales and marketing teams to win deals, build Cisco’s security services brand and represent Cisco at industry and security conferences. Prior to working at Cisco and after receiving his MBA from the University of Maryland, Reid was a management consultant serving both private sector and defense and intelligence industry customers

Edward Vasko, CISSP, is the director of Boise State University’s Institute of Pervasive Cybersecurity. He is a cybersecurity leader and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining Boise State University, Edward established and was a senior vice president at Avertium, a leading national managed security and consulting provider. Before establishing Avertium, he was the co-founder and CEO of Terra Verde, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to being acquired by growth equity in 2018, Terra Verde was one of the nation’s largest providers of cybersecurity advisory and managed security services, with more than 2,000 active clients around the world.

Edward’s other passion is tackling the challenge of cyber workforce development. He has served on more than 20 education advisory boards providing expertise around cybersecurity industry needs. He was appointed by Arizona’s Governor Ducey to a commissioner role in Arizona’s Commission for Post-Secondary Education from 2015-2019. He was also appointed as the co-chair of Arizona’s Cyber Team (ACT) Workforce Development Committee. He was the Industry co-chair for the 2019 NIST NICE Conference.