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SANS to Host San Diego Women in Technology Networking Event

Top Female IT Professionals Join Forces to Foster the Next Generation of Women in Technology

  • Bethesda, MD
  • March 16, 2015

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the Women in Technology networking event to be held May 7th in conjunction with the SANS Security West cybersecurity training event in San Diego. This event provides aspiring and seasoned female security professionals the opportunity to network with some of today's most successful women in IT.

Also attending SANS' Women in Technology event are the local San Diego chapter of Girl Develop It and CyberTECH Hive. Girl Develop It is a non-profit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment. CyberHive, part of the CyberTECH Community, offers shared workspace and incubator programs that deliver business and technical support to early stage companies providing cybersecurity and high tech related products and services.

"My heroes have always been strong, brilliant, women who shared the same invincible qualities that I grew up seeing in my Mother. In the technology field I am able to meet and be inspired by these brilliant heroines every day. I am incredibly fortunate to do what I love with people that inspire me," said Sandy Dunn, Information Security Officer at HP. "I credit much of this to SANS training which opened the exciting and captivating door which led me to my career in the security field. SANS is much more than a training class, it's an opportunity to join forces with security thought leaders to solve complex security problems. I am honored to support the Women in Technology event in the hopes that I can pay it forward and help other women find success in this exciting field."

Top security professionals from more than 20 organizations will be in attendance. Speakers include Sarah Edwards, a top digital forensic analyst and SANS Instructor; Patricia Watson, an ICS Security Program Manager at Sempra; Heather Mahalik, a top digital forensic investigator and SANS Instructor; and many more.

SANS' Women in Technology event provides a rare opportunity for professionals on the West Coast to hear from top female IT professionals as they share their experiences and secrets to success. Attendees will learn how these women have successfully overcome challenges as well as listen to stories of innovation and inspiration. After the discussions there will be an opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees.

This event will be held in conjunction with SANS Security West taking place in San Diego May 3-12. SANS Security West 2015 offers more than 20 hands-on, immersion-style security training courses taught by real-world practitioners and interactive bonus sessions, led by some of the top names in cybersecurity. For more information on the SANS Security West training event, or to register, please visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at In-Person and Live Online cyber security training events, and more than 50 courses are available anytime, anywhere with our OnDemand platform. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system – the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (