BIPOC in Cybersecurity Forum: From Inclusion to Equity

  • Thursday, 01 Oct 2020 10:00AM EDT (01 Oct 2020 14:00 UTC)
  • Speakers: Xena Olsen, Larry Whiteside, Lodrina Cherne, Chris Cochran, Ronald Eddings, InfoSteph, Stephen A. Hart, Christina Morillo, Tomiko Evans, Mari Galloway, Jessica Gulick, Mansi Thakar, Dominique West

Presented by SANS Summits

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We've known for years that, to address the talent gap in cybersecurity, the industry needs to be much more proactive in recruiting and training Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) for cyber jobs. BIPOC are still woefully underrepresented, and though theres been a groundswell of support in recent months, many of those outstanding efforts are targeted at bringing BIPOC into the field. 'What about the people already working in cybersecurity? 'How do we amplify and support BIPOC who have cybersecurity skills and experience to elevate them to senior and leadership positions? Diversity and inclusion initiatives remain vitally important, but it's time to expand our efforts to achieve true equity.


10:00 - 10:10 AM EDT - Welcome & Opening Remarks

Lodrina Cherne @hexplates, SANS Institute

Stephen A. Hart @stephenahart, SANS Institute

10:10 - 10:35 AM EDT - Keynote: The Language of Equality: Re-Writing Cybersecurity Education to Reflect a Commitment to Equity

Lodrina Cherne @hexplates, SANS Institute

10:35 - 10:40 AM EDT - Break

10:40 - 11:15 AM EDT - Panel: Good on Paper: 'Packaging Your Skills and Experience

Moderator:'larry Whiteside, Jr. @LarryWhiteside, Co-Founder & President, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) @ICMCP_ORG

  • Jenai Marinkovic, vCISO/CTO, Tiro Security
  • Jessica Robinson, Founder & CEO, PurePoint International
  • Steffanie AK Schilling @SAKSchilling, Global Program Manager - Cybersecurity Policy, Communications, and Security Awareness, AmTrust Financial Services
  • Sherron Burgess, SVP & CISO, BCD Travel

There are so many different paths that can lead us to careers in cybersecurity, and a myriad of ways to develop technical skills. 'But too often, the recruiting and hiring process for cybersecurity jobs still emphasizes traditional criteria, including a college degree and a set number of years of work experience. 'What do you do when your background doesn't fit the mold, but you know you 're qualified for the position? 'How do you get past the gatekeepers to a hiring manager who will value the totality of your experience? How can your online presence (LinkedIn profiles, blog posts, etc.) bolster your candidacy if your resume doesn't tell the whole story? Our panel will explore ways to package and present your skills and expertise to advance your career.

11:15 - 11:35 AM EDT - Authentic at Work: Assimilating vs Bringing Your Whole Self to Work in Infosec and Tech

Christina Morillo @divinetechygirl, Microsoft

11:35 - 11:45 AM EDT - Break

11:45AM - 12:20PM EDT - Panel: You Got a Job in Cybersecurity!... Now What?!

Moderator:'toni Benson, Cyber Defense Education and Training (CDET), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)


So often, we hear of the struggle for those trying to break into the cybersecurity field, but seldom do conversations involve what to do once you 're in the field. Join our panel of professionals who'll discuss how to level up your cybersecurity career.

12:20 - 12:35 PM EDT - Break

12:35 - 12:55 PM EDT - Owning Your Narrative: Lessons from #SharetheMicinCyber

Camille Stewart @CamilleEsq, Google

1:00 - 1:30 PM EDT - Public Speaking: Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

Xena Olsen @ch33r10

Yup, public speaking can be scary; approximately 25% of people say they suffer from some degree of glossophobia. '(Yes, theres a name for it!) But the benefits of presenting at industry conferences and events make it worth the risk. 'You'll establish credibility, make connections, and hone skills that will serve you well in other settings like pitching ideas or planning and executing projects with deliverables or giving progress reports to senior management. 'Xena, who's always a little bit nervous but does it anyway, will discuss how developing a public speaking persona can boost your career, how to find opportunities and support, the possible downsides to public speaking as an underrepresented minority, 'and how to calm or at least harness your nerves to give a stand-out presentation.

1:30 - 2:10 PM EDT - Panel: Building Your Brand: 'Blogging and Podcasting Your Way to Leadership

Moderator:'stephen Hart @stephenahart, SANS Institute


Often, getting great opportunities is all about who you know. But sometimes, especially in the age of social media, it's about who knows you. 'Blogs, podcasts, LinkedIn articles, and Twitter personas are some of the ways to create a vast network, establish your own voice and expertise, and provide a crucial leg-up for other underrepresented minorities in the industry. 'Hear from a panel of cybersecurity practitioners who have

2:10 - 2:15 PM EDT - Wrap-Up

Lodrina Cherne @hexplates, SANS Institute

Stephen A. Hart @stephenahart, SANS Institute