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