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SANS Women Academy Graduates are First Time Speakers at RSAC 2019

Posted By Mari Galloway, Saturday, March 9, 2019
Updated: Friday, March 8, 2019

@RSAconference in San Francisco continues to bring fresh new faces to the conference circuit and cybersecurity industry each and every year. This year, with more focus on women and diversity in the program, it's no surprise that 1st timers Carlota Bindner (@CarlotaBindner) and Xena Olsen (@Ch33r10) made their speaking debut. Both ladies are graduates of the SANS Women's Immersion Academy, a multi week training program free to women looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Bindner demonstrated common misconfiguration of U-Boot and strategies to harden embedded devices on Tuesday and Olsen spoke at several events throughout the week on the dangers of embedded devices as well as tactical threat intelligence. Before attending the Women’s Immersion Academy, Bindner worked as a technical researcher and Olsen was a real estate agent.

#Speaking at #RSAC was the highlight of my year! I really enjoyed the collaborative nature of my speaking engagements and I'm grateful for the people that participated in my talks and provided value with their sharing. Despite being new to the infosec industry, everyone was welcoming, kind and most of all embraced me as one of their own," said Olsen on her experience speaking at RSAC.

Today, Olsen is a Cyber Threat Intel Analyst for Fortune 500 financial services company, while Bindner is a Security Associate at Rapid7. WSC is pleased to partner with with SANS and the Women’s Immersion Academy initiative to increase gender diversity in cybersecurity by providing women with a passion and aptitude for cybersecurity the opportunity to learn in-demand cybersecurity skills, earn GIAC certifications, and start a career in cybersecurity. Women in the program are graduating, recently graduated, unemployed, or career changers.

Through this partnership, all women that are selected are granted a one year membership with Women's Society of Cyberjutsu. WSC membership allows women to build of community of supporters and find her #cyberjutsutribe. Members also get discounts on training, access to previous training recordings, access to the job and more.

Congrats ladies on your accomplishment! We look forward to hearing more from you. 

For more information on the SANS Women's Academy, please visit:

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