Steffanie AK Schilling believes in empowering and partnering with individuals to better protect their data and the lives entangled within that data. Steffanie recently was honored as a SANS Cyber Security Difference Maker and Innovator, due to her unique ability to marry a keen understanding of human behavior with the technical elements of information security. Committed to diversity and inclusion in IT, Steffanie works to create opportunities for underrepresented individuals. She believes diversity is a key to driving innovation and solving the ever-growing skill-gap in Cyber. Steffanie holds a B.S. in Business with a focus in Marketing and B.A. Speech Communication with a focus in Organizational Communication, from Miami University. As passionate about the arts and cultures as she is cyber, Steffanie teaches, competes and social dances in swing dancing and other African American cultural artforms. She also travels the world when she can break away.