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WSC Hosts Inaugural Cyberjutsu Con amid COVID

Sunday, July 5, 2020  
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Arlington VA - July 2020 - As June 20th approached the Cyberjutsu Con team would spend the last remaining hours putting the final touches on what would be the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu's very first conference, virtually! For 7 years, the leadership team of WSC has discussed and visualized a conference like no other. Hands-on training, lots of networking, competitions, and community. This vision finally came to fruition thanks to COVID-19 flipping the world on it's head. We realized this was the perfect time to bring the #cyberjutsutribe together to build their skills and grow their networks. And thats what happened. 

The day started with an inspirational message from CEO, Mari Galloway and a keynote from Caroline Wong where she shared her amazing journey into cyber and tech. By 9 am attendees found their first sessions whether it was Configuring your Python Arsnel with Joy Huggins, hearing from Googlers about building your brand and community in cyber or learning about Google Cloud Platform with Dominique West. There was something for everyone.

"We wanted the conference to have a little bit of everything, from offensive security to defensive security as well as talks about brand, building and different options in cyber, like ICS and using Game Theory for targeting advisary's", said Mari Galloway, CEO of Women's Society of Cyberjutsu. 

Having a variety of topics allowed everyone to find something of interest during the event. 

"There were so many great sessions. If we can make this a two day event, it would great. I wish I could be two places at once most of the day," said an attendee of the conference.

For those interested in playing a CTF, Trend Micro hosted their CTF on Discord with about 50 people playing. Participants were broken into teams to brush up on their defensive skills while learning more about Trend Micro products. Trend Micro provided a variety of gifts to the winning team. Congrats to the top 3 teams: 

1st place

Yansi K

Chris R

Gabrielle B

Juliette M 


2nd place

Sneha N

Shari S


3rd place

Roxy S

Makayla F

Closing out the event was ISSA International President Candy Alexander, our Happy Hour Keynote, who discussed the importance of diverse teams not only based on gender and race but also on educational background, cultural upbringing, disability, and more. Candy also announced our new partnership with ISSA to increase membership for both organizations. Stay tuned for details! 

If you managed to stay with us the entire day, WSC Board President, Jessica Gulick gave the closing remarks on the success of the conference and then hosted a pop culture trivia event with wine and the works!!! All in all the goal of bringing the #cyberjutsutribe together for a day of learning and fun was a success. 

Special Thanks to the following: 

The social media team did an amazing job keeping up with the event the entire time from live streaming the Opening and Closing keynotes to posting hourly on each topic. Search #cyberjutsucon and you can find all the highlights. 

The 'onsite' volunteer team also did an awesome job ensuring speakers were in the right place and giving them the run down of how the sessions would work.

To our speakers, who did a fabulous job pulling together some of the best content around and educating our members to be successful in their careers

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners for believing in our vision of bringing this conference to life.