SANS+HBCU is working closely with the DEI Taskforce on additional initiatives, such as the BIPOC in Cloud Security Forum that was held in February 2021 and the Live Stream Series with our Committee members. We are actively creating additional, regular events, educational opportunities, and ways for the community to connect and support one another.

SANS+HBCU Committee is excited to share a number of Live Streams dedicated to the promotion of BIPOC in cybersecurity. We have streams about our committee, HBCU partnerships, and stories from individual people of color. We welcome you to listen in live or the recordings.

Live Streams & Webcasts

DATESPEAKERSTITLE | ABSTRACT
Oct 19 12:00 pm EDTModerator:

Dennis Scandrett, Dir of Cloud & Leadership Curricula, SANS

Panelists:

Lodrina Cherne, Principal Security Advocate, Cybereason; Certified Instructor, SANS

Delisha Hodo, Undergraduate Student Advisor, SANS Technology Institute

Jennifer Santiago, Dir of Content Dev & Speaker Management - Summits, SANS

AJ Yawn, Co-Founder & CEO, ByteCheck; Founding Board Member, National Association of Black Compliance and Risk Management Professional; Associate Instructor, SANS

#ShareTheMicInCyber and SANS: From Speaking Opportunities to Faculty Positions

SANS Institute proudly partners with #ShareTheMicInCyber and works to
create opportunities for professionals of color and under-represented
groups through programs like the SANS/ICMCP Diversity Academy, SANS +
HBCU scholarship program, and an internal DEI Task Force. With our
founding way back in 1989, our time-intensive and rigorous training
courses, and a price point indicative of industry-standard
certifications, SANS has long seemed like an elite and rarified
institution out of reach for most cybersecurity practitioners. In this
candid panel discussion, we aim not only to dispel that misconception,
but also to share the multiple ways we hope to welcome you to the SANS
family! We’ll cover:
  • Speaking opportunities including Summits, webcasts, and podcasts
  • Crafting Call for Presentations (CFP) proposals for success
  • Pathways to becoming SANS faculty
  • Academies and other scholarship-based programs and partnerships to help you get some extra initials after your name
Sept 14
6:00 pm EDT
Christine Morency, Feb HBCU CTF Runner-up / Women's Academy

Delisha Hodo, SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor

Transition to Cyber: Betting on Self

In this video, Delisha discusses the impact of the Google WiCys Women’s Academy on Christine and her experience placing 2nd in our Black History Month HBCU CTF.

Sept 13

1 pm EDT

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D., President, Norfolk State University

Delisha Hodo, SANS Undergraduate Student Adviso
SANS+NSU Cyber Academy Celebration

Delisha Hodo hosts the SANS+HBCU Cyber
Academy Celebration with Norfolk State University. She talks
with NSU President, Dr.Javaune Adams-Gaston, about the
impact of this partnership and what access to cybersecurity training
means for their students and community.
Sept 8
11:00 am EDT
Toni Benson, Deputy Associate Director within Cyber Defense Education and Training (CDET) of CISA


Delisha Hodo, SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor

Black Leaders in Cyber

Toni provides strategic vision around training and education to assist in combating the cybersecurity workforce shortage.

Aug 17
12:00 pm EDT
Darold Kelly Jr., Black Cybersecurity Association leader


Delisha Hodo, SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor
Black Leaders in Cyber

Darold Kelly Jr discusses the origins of the BCA, his journey to
CyberSecurity, and passion for helping others transition into the field.
Aug 11
11:30 am EDT
Dr. Kimberly Young-McLear

Fellow at CISA

Delisha Hodo, SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor

Black Leaders in Cyber

Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear shares about her journey to CyberSecurity and how her foundation at Florida A&M University shaped the trajectory of her career.

July 21

1:00 pm EDT

Dr. Marc Boumedine and staff of University of the Virgin Islands


Monisha Bush,
SANS Client Support Engineer
SANS+UVI Cyber Academy Celebration

Monisha Bush hosts the SANS+HBCU Cyber Academy Celebration with the
University of the Virgin Islands. She talks with Dr. Marc Boumedine and
other members of UVI’s staff about the impact of this partnership and
what access to cybersecurity training means for their students and
community.
July 20
11 am EDT
AJ Yawn, Co-founder, CEO of ByteChek, Associate SANS InstructorBlack in Tech: Why Being a Destructive Architect is the Way Forward

Tech was supposed to be the great equalizer. However, statistics show that inclusion attempts over the past 5-6 years have had limited success. Despite having advanced degrees and entering the workforce in greater numbers than ever before, diversity issues still plague the tech industry. That’s why AJ Yawn and other leaders in the industry feel like it is our responsibility to bring up the next generation of Black technologists.

Decisive action and the ability to move fast and break things sit as one of AJ’s core values. He learned this trait in the military and has carried it with him ever since. To break things, you have to be willing to build something bigger and better in their place. AJ Yawn is that type of destructive architect and leader. Listen to AJ about how all of us need to be part of the revolution to increase diversity in tech and break down the gates that have been in place for years.

May 18

10:00 am EDT

Nik Alleyne, SANS Certified Instructor

How to Become a Cybersecurity Expert: Stories and Lessons from SANS’ Nik Alleyne

In this webcast, SANS Certified Instructor, Nik Alleyne is going to share his story about how he ended up in IT, transitioned to cybersecurity, what his work looks like now, his goals for the future, and key lessons from his journey. We hope you enjoy his story and come prepared to pepper him with questions. SANS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force is focusing on being intentional about developing a pipeline of BIPOC excellence into the IT and Cybersecurity field. We know we can do more, so we are. In addition to the various initiatives in the works, we want to help inspire and motivate up-and-coming BIPOC cybersecurity professionals in our midst already by introducing you to the possibilities of what your future could hold.

Feb 15
1:00 pm ET
Angela Madden, SANS Diversity Academy Student

Delisha Hodo,
SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor

Lara Dawson, Curriculum Ops Marketing Manager, Cloud Security and Cybersecurity Leadership

Alison Kim, Summit Team Marketing

Monisha Bush, SANS Client Support Engineer

Historically Black in Cyber: Past, Present and Future | Part 3

The SANS Institute's DEI Task Force brings you a 3-part live stream series in celebration of Black History Month and the impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). In part 3, host Delisha Hodo talks with Angela Madden, Alison Kim, and Lara Dawson about the ‘future’. Angela will share her experiences in the SANS Diversity Cyber Academy and talk about recently earning her GIAC GSEC Security Essentials certification and how this will likely impact her career and what she does going forward.

Feb 8
11:00 am ET
Delisha Hodo, SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor

Lisa Peterson, Curriculum Director, Cyber Defense

Alexandra Bishop, Accounts Payable Manager

Historically Black in Cyber: Past, Present and Future | Part 2

The SANS Institute's DEI Task Force brings you a 3-part live stream series in celebration of Black History Month and the impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). In part 2, host Delisha Hodo talks with Lisa Peterson and Alexandra Bishop to discuss the ‘present’. Darold will share his experiences having participated in SANS’ first HBCU Cyber Range CTF, and talk about how SANS doing these types of initiatives is already having a positive impact on HBCUs. He’ll also share another initiative he’s been a part of to impact HBCU students thru BCA (Black Cybersecurity Association).

Feb 4
Dennis Scandrett, Curriculum Director, Cloud Security and Cybersecurity Leadership; Chair of SANS DEI Taskforce

Delisha Hodo
, SANS Undergraduate Student Advisor
Chelsea Newbould, SANS Sr. HR Generalist

Historically Black in Cyber: Past, Present and Future | Part 1

The SANS Institute's DEI Task Force brings you a 3-part live stream series in celebration of Black History Month and the impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

In part 1, host Delisha Hodo talks with Dennis Scandrett and Chelsea Newbould about the 'past'. Join this discussion about the history of cyber and SANS, and share how SANS is working to change the landscape of diversity in cyber.