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Women Orgs Take over RSAC 2019

Posted By Mari Galloway, Sunday, March 10, 2019

ICYMI, Last week (March 4 - 8) the WSC family left its mark on San Francisco at the @RSAConference with various activities and events. We kicked the week off with #SheSpeaksSecurity hosted by the fabulous Jessica Gulick (@cyberrisklady), VP of WSC, CEO of Katzcy Consulting in partnership with @EWF, @WISPorg and @WICYSorg. #SheSpeaksSecurity was a 1/2 day seminar prepping women to gain confidence speaking and submitting to speak at conferences.

This event culminated with a panel discussion by all previous speakers on how to stay resilient in the male dominated arena and how to build confidence when presenting.

Speakers included:

  • Joyce Brocaglia, EWF @joyce_brocaglia
  • Elena Elkina, WISP @el0chka
  • Mari Galloway, WSC @marigalloway
  • Andrea Little Limbago, Virtru @limbagoa
  • Bobbie Stempfley, WSC @BobbieStempfley
  • Cameron Over, WSC - Panel Moderator

Details of each presentation here

Short Video Clip here

The evening finished up with the Women in Leadership Reception which had a packed house!! It was refreshing to see so many women, minorities, and allies in the room supporting each organization as major announcements were made. WSC made the announcement of a new CEO, Mari Galloway, marking the first transition of leadership since 2012. We also welcomed our 6 #cyberjutsursactribe pass winners to the family and got to meet a few of the ladies!

By Wednesday, we were Amping up our AM with Katczy and friends! The breakfast, hosted at the amazing Thirsty Bear was included a build your own mimosa bar and various sweets and treats to get your day going. Great conversations were had and new friendships were born.

We concluded the week Thursday with an Introduction to Capture the Flag (CTF) hosted by SANS Institute. With over 40 women in attendance to play SANS Netwars, fun was had all around! Thanks Max and Cecilia!

Despite all the rain that San Francisco had through the week, I would say that RSAC was a success. Partnerships were created, sponsors joined the WSC family and we had an all around great time. Special thanks to the WSC volunteers that stepped in to help set up, chat with table visitors, and break down all the 'stuff' we had for the conference. WSC is built on the backs of volunteers and we wouldn't be where we are today. 

Mansi @mansimusa (WSC COO), Fiona (WSC AMBASSADOR), Susan @v33na (WSC DC LEAD), Liz @city4liz (WSC SOCAL LEAD), Merissa (WSC PARTNERSHIPS) and so many more, THANK YOU!! You make my job easier!

Last but certain not least, thanks to Vince Vong for coordinating and organizing logistics and scheduling and all things D&I related. This was made possible because of his desire help change the game. 

Materials from the seminar will be available soon so please check back!

~Mari, CEO

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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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