Day of Shecurity 2019 San Francisco - October 11th, 2019

Hello Amazing Advocates of Diversity, Equitability and Inclusion,

LookoutSecure Diversity by Brainbabe and OWASP are actively planning and organizing the next Day of Shecurity San Francisco 2019 for Friday, October 11th, 2019. Call for papers, speakers, workshop leaders and sponsors is open at this time. CFP will close on August 17th, 2019.

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Volunteer and or Sponsor Day of Shecurity San Francisco!

Why? Your contributions help us continue to provide FREE hands-on technical training, environments to promote discussions and conversations to build career tool-kits promoting inclusion, diversity and equitability, creating ally-ships, facilitating mentees finding mentors, providing first-time speaking opportunities and most importantly a community that thrives to create light bulb moments for all women who attend Day of Shecurity helping them gain the confidence and courage to create a long-term career in the cybersecurity industry.

This year we will be incorporating a new opportunity billboard that will be exclusive to attendees and sponsors. Through a strategic partnership with CyberSN; we will be incorporating new opportunity alignment technology that eliminates unconscious bias and terrible job descriptions that are common throughout the hiring process. Our collective goal is advocating the inclusion of women and diversification of the cybersecurity industry - the event metrics below speak to the positive disruption our community is creating TOGETHER in every region we host an event!

Day of Shecurity 2018 - SF

  • 90% of attendees were women

  • 75% of attendees had Full-Stack experience

  • SME Speakers: 76% women (13 speakers) & 24% men (4 speakers)

  • Cyber career village & job board resulted in 65 jobs exclusively posted for attendees

  • 44% of Gold Sponsors hired at least one attendee post event

Day of Shecurity 2019 - Boston

  • 99% of attendees identified as a woman

  • 65% of attendees had SaaS, Cloud, Mobile or Full-Stack experience

  • SME Speakers: 92% women (23 speakers) & 8% men (2 speakers)

  • Cyber career village & job board resulted in 120 jobs exclusively posted for attendees

  • 70% of DoS Sponsors (all tiers) hired at least one attendee post event

Returning sponsors; please reach out to me directly as we have special packages available for your organization.

Looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco at DoS SF 2019!

Kyle Kennedy
Day of Shecurity Boston 2019 Registration - SOLD OUT!

Hello DoS Community,

We are super excited to announce that registration is SOLD OUT for Dos Boston 2019 hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in Boston, MA. You can join the waitlist for DoS Boston 2019 here.

We can’t thank the DoS community enough for all of the amazing support the community has provided DoS.

  • Thank you to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston!

  • Thank you to the sponsors!

  • Thank you to the speakers & workshop leaders!

  • Thank you to the Volunteers!

  • Thank you DoS’ers!

In Boston we have over twenty-five (25) hours of FREE hands-on technical workshops available to our attendees. Pre-registration for technical worksop sessions will launch the week of February 5th, 2019. These hands-on technical workshops require registration which will secure your spot for the workshop session and ensure you are properly prepared to attend the session with any pre-requisites like software, etc. being explored.

Get your winter coats, scarfs, hats and be ready to join us for this incredible one-day conference advocating the inclusion of women and the diversification of the cybersecurity industry. DoSer’s will not let a polar vortex stop the amazing actionable change we are all creating - together!

- Kyle F. Kennedy || @kyle_f_kennedy

Kyle Kennedy
Day of Shecurity Boston 2019 Registration Opens on January 17th, 2019

Hello DoS Community,

We are super excited to announce that early registration will open on January 17th, 2019 for Dos Boston 2019 being hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in Boston, MA.

Early registration will secure your attendance to Dos Boston 2019 where we have over twenty-four (24) hours of FREE hands-on technical workshops available to our attendees. These hands-on technical workshops will require registration which will secure your spot for that workshop session and ensure you are properly prepared to attend the session with any pre-requisites like software, etc. being explored.

Get your winter coats, scarfs, hats and be ready to join us for this incredible one-day conference advocating the inclusion of women and the diversification of the cybersecurity industry. DoSer’s will not let winter stop the amazing actionable change we are all creating - together!

- Kyle F. Kennedy || @kyle_f_kennedy

Kyle Kennedy
Thank You DoS Community!

DoS'ers - Thank you for helping DoS grow. Thank you for carrying about Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) as more than just a buzzword or a topic/concept of the moment. 

Our pledge as movement & organization is to continue creating event environments where a variety of different voices are encouraged & heard. These voices come from people who may or may not be of the same gender, race, ethnicity or educational background. Diversity in the workplace across all industry verticals today can include some of the following: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual orientation, Religious affiliation, Generation, Disability, Education, Personality type, Thinking style

DoS is the embodiment of exploring the concept of cognitive diversity that focuses on diversity of thinking and comprises four key areas:

  • Perspectives. People represent situations in different ways. In the global workplace, it will help to have multiple perspectives when it comes to representing a problem, as they will see different possible solutions.

  • Interpretations. Employees interpret situations, problems & other people in different ways, classifying them accordingly. Through diverse interpretations, teams can discover multiple resolutions.

  • Heuristics. People resolve issues in different ways, proving there are multiple ways to arrive at a conclusion.

  • Predictive models. To make predictions, some people analyze, & others look for a story. Both are useful to discovering workplace solutions.

This new way of thinking about D&I elevates our conversations from not only having diversity within a company - but utilizing diversity to produce better products & services, better workplace cultures, better work / life balances, better lives overall that embrace the entire human being and not just one or two personas that person may be during business hours.

Thank you DoS'ers for all that you have done in 2018 & for helping us continue to grow in 2019 & beyond!

- Kyle F. Kennedy || @kyle_f_kennedy

Kyle Kennedy
Day of Shecurity: San Francisco Re-Cap & Boston 2019 Planning Underway!

Hello Friends,

June 16th, 2018 in San Francisco, California; three organizations (Lookout Security, OWASP & brainbabe) collaborated & launched a one day conference unlike ANY other in the cybersecurity industry called: Day of Shecurity or DoS. A free-to-attend one-day hands-on mini-conference for women in technology interested in cybersecurity. This mini-conference focused on creating positive disruption through these key ACTIONS:

  • provide FREE up-skill technical & soft-skill training that empower attendees & fill their career tool-kit with skills they can use the next day to help advance their careers in cybersecurity or even better: enter the cybersecurity industry.

  • advocate the inclusion of women & the need for diversification within the cybersecurity industry by creating an environment where ally-ships & mentorships thrive & result in knowledge sharing

  • empower women & under-represented minorities to enter the cybersecurity industry by introducing cyber career intelligence for ALL educational disciplines & backgrounds to succeed in the cybersecurity industry

  • provide a cyber career village with sponsors who believe that inclusivity & diversification within their organization is a market differentiator & leads to short-term & long-term organizational success

These actions are bold and demonstrate our commitment to REMOVE BARRIERS AND CREATE opportunities in cybersecurity for ANYONE; regardless of gender, ethnicity or educational background.

How did we do?

  • 250+ registrations sold out within hours of going live

  • Waitlist of 100+ additional attendees

  • 90% of attendees were women

  • Keynote speakers were only women

  • SME Speakers: 76% women (13 speakers) & 24% men (four speakers)

  • Cyber career village resulted in numerous job postings from event sponsors

  • Slack channels established support for SF DoS community & are ongoing since the event

Most importantly: the DoS SF community is VERY supportive of each other with active participation & many DoSer's meeting up at industry events throughout the year! Ally-ships in action!

All in all a HUGE success for attendees, diversity & inclusion advocates, & the cybersecurity industry.

We are SUPER excited to announce that Day of Shecurity (DoS) will be brought to Boston, MA in 2019. We are in the planning phase and are looking for the following in Boston:

  • Early call for speakers & technical workshop presenters - first time presenters are highly encouraged & welcomed by our community!

  • Volunteers (many roles available)

  • Sponsor to host the event

  • Sponsors for Gold, Silver & Bronze sponsorships (for more information reach out to me at kyle@brainbabe.org for more information)

Be on the lookout for a Day of Shecurity event near you or our Day of Shecurity Presents series focused on continuing the positive disruption occurring in each city we host a DoS event. The time for awareness & talk is OVER - we are about ACTION - join us & together we will create the positive disruption necessary to create real change in the cybersecurity industry!

- Kyle F. Kennedy || @kyle_f_kennedy

Kyle Kennedy
T Minus Three Weeks and Counting...

It seems like just yesterday when I sat down with the Diversity Steering Committee and the Lookout PR and Marketing teams to discuss a concept idea called the "Day of Shecurity". At that point, it was really just a pipe dream. We had passion, an idea and a desire to see real change happen. Flash forward to today and we are just about three weeks away from seeing all of our hard work and commitment come to fruition. This is going to happen and in a very big way. Change is coming.

Of course, this effort simply wouldn't have been possible if it had not been for all of the blood, sweat and tears put in by the Core Team: Lisa Kendall, Launa Rich, Deidre Diamond, Kyle Kennedy, Laura Buitrago, Amy Chiang, Ashlee Lam, Tad Whitaker and Travis McPeak. Without you folks, this simply would have been just an idea that fell to the cutting room floor. Speaking for myself personally, thank you SO MUCH for believing in this idea and helping to see it through. I couldn't possibly be more proud of the effort that we've collectively made to bring this together.

Additionally, I want to also extend a personal thank you to all of the presenters, staff and volunteers who are committed to giving time and effort to make this day possible. I am confident that we will make a difference and in the long term, change the industry for the better. This is the first step of many.

Lastly, I hope that all of the attendees who are planning on joining us on June 16th get the very most out of this event that they can. We as a community are here for you; we want you to join us, we want you to be part of this industry and we are here to help see that happen.

With that I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you on June 16th. I truly hope that you are as excited as I am.

 - Matt Torbin || pennsylforniageek || gh057

Matt Torbin
Day 1: Day of Shecurity Registration Opens

Wow, literally, just.... wow! We had an amazing day today as registration opened! As of the last time I checked, we are almost at capacity in less than 24 hours! I don't think anyone expected such an amazing turnout but we're collectively all happy that you've chosen to join us for what we believe will be an amazing event. There were a number of things I wanted to mention after the first day of registration because there were a few hiccups:

  • T-Shirt Sizes: For those of you who either did not or were not able to supply a t-shirt size, we will be contacting you to correct that. Everyone attending WILL get a t-shirt.
     
  • The Wait List IS NOT Purgatory: As I'm typing this, registrations are still coming in strong. Therefore, if you do not make the 200 attendee cutoff and are put on the wait list, fear not! Our wait list is exactly that: a WAIT list. Please refer to our Event Day policy for additional details on how we are handling the wait list. Additionally, the best way for you to find out about Day of Shecurity 2019 is by registering this year!
     
  • The Start Time WILL Shift By an Hour: So I need to beg your forgiveness upfront. Being a former East Coaster, I'm used to starting work/events early. Unfortunately, I'm continually reminded that "early" in California is not the same as "early" in Philadelphia. Therefore, we will be shifting the start time from 7:30AM to 8:30AM. All other slot times and positions will remain exactly the same. Please bear with us while we apply these changes across several sites and documents. They should all be made by the end of the week.
     
  • Slack Invites Will Go Out Every Night at 11PM: I will be sending these out tonight at around 11PM. If for some reason, you do not get an invite, please ping us directly at info@dayofshecurity.com.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask us! Thank you so much for making the first day of registration so exciting. On behalf of the entire Day of Shecurity Core Team, we thank you and welcome you to the beginning of something truly epic. Together, we CAN make a difference.

 - Matt Torbin || pennsylforniageek || gh057

Matt Torbin