What started as a student club at California State University, Fullerton, would later represent the student initiative of the push to bring cybersecurity education to the college.
With much of the public still lacking knowledge in cybersecurity and the industry desperate for the next generation of white hats, ethical hackers that are employed to discover vulnerabilities in systems and report them to their employees so that they can be patched before they are exploited by adversaries, OSS looks to train the next generation of white hats and teach the public how to protect itself in this high tech age.
OSS student chapters are breaking ground at numerous locations and hosting events to accomplish our overarching organization mission. We are working with local high school districts and colleges to expand our base and provide our services to wider range of demographics.
``I am here to guide the organization and help it move forward. My job is to make sure every member is getting great value out of our membership and access to industry professionals. As founder, nothing brings more joy to my heart than to see students attending workshops or hacking on their machines. ``
Dr. Mikhail Gofman has a Ph.D from Binghamton University (SUNY) and currently works at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). There, he also directs the Center for Cybersecurity.
``I believe that the OSS has potential beyond any limits and counts with high level of cybersecurity professionals, students, and mentors, to develop a range of alternatives for any industry at any level. I chose to be part of this amazing team and organization to help with their marketing strategies because I truly believe that the OSS is genuinely interested in helping our community.``
``One of the biggest challenges we face is our budget. Ultimately, my job is to help fund our events, local chapters, and community outreach.``
``I believe in what OSS stands for and I am happy to give a helping hand when I can. I think the future of this organization is bright. I can't see a future where what OSS does is not relevant in a big way.``
Marilyn Brewer has had many different titles over the years: wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, talk-show host, and State Assemblywoman. She was elected to the California State Assembly in 1994 and served until termed limited out in 2000. She represented the 70th Assembly District and had 34 bills signed into law by both Democrat and Republican governors.
In October, 2006, Marilyn was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Little Hoover Commission for a four-year term. She also currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board to the Aids Service Foundation in Orange County. Prior to her appointment, Marilyn served as a commissioner on the Orange County Transportation Authority.
In addition, she is founding chair of the Orange County Coalition of Comprehensive Mental Health Services and Women in Leadership. For many years, Marilyn was moderator and executive producer of a political talk show on cable television. After having four sons, Marilyn co-founded the C. Brewer Company and was active in the manufacturing company until 1983.
The company provides plastic custom molding and assembly services and mission-critical molds to customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Asia. In addition to being a member of the Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors, Marilyn is also one of Cal State Fullerton’s 50 Women of Distinction.