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Black Hat, a producer of information security events, has just announced new diversity programming for Black Hat USA, being held next month. Each of these programs has been developed in an effort to welcome a wider range of InfoSec professionals to the Black Hat community, and also to shine a light on some glaring professional gaps. These offerings aim to provide a platform to discuss current issues and to be a source for opportunities that will assist individuals in jump-starting their careers and continuing their education in this space.

“The InfoSec community needs to be more representative of the people we aim to protect,” said Alex Stamos, CSO, Facebook and Black Hat USA Keynote. “The diversity programs offered at this year’s Black Hat USA are a step in that direction.”

Black Hat USA will take place July 22–27, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, please visit:

2017 Black Hat USA Diversity Programs:

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Cybersecurity – Career Track Session

Wednesday, July 26 | 11:30 – 12:30 | Career Track Theater, Level 2 Business Hall
The information security industry is growing exponentially and women make up only a fraction of the workforce. In this session, panellists will examine the challenges women experience in the information security workforce and ways we can work together to close the gender gap and promote inclusion.

Making Diversity a Priority in Security – Panel

Wednesday, July 26 | 15:00 – 16:00 | Banyan ABC, Level 3
The security industry is continuing to struggle to fill empty positions, and yet minorities and women currently represent less than 23% of the workforce. This panel, moderated by Kelly Jackson Higgins, executive editor of, will discuss several programs and initiatives in-place to recruit and retain more LGBTQIA, minorities and women in the industry. Attendees will gain additional insight into what’s currently being done and what needs to be done in order to build a more diverse security industry.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Networking Event

Thursday, July 27 | 14:30 – 15:30 | Banyan D, Level 3
Presented by the Women in Security and Privacy Tandems program, which connects women with partners from diverse backgrounds, expertise and networks to encourage knowledge sharing at every career level, this peer-to-peer mentorship programs will provide individuals with the opportunity to connect and mingle with privacy and security professionals.


The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), together with Black Hat, is awarding 25 Briefings packets to ICMCP students and practitioners. These programs, designed to promote inclusion, recruitment and retention, are working to achieve a more consistent representation of women and minorities in cybersecurity.

“ICMCP is thrilled to be working with Black Hat to welcome 25 deserving applicants a chance to experience the valuable research and networking opportunities available via their annual USA event,” said Juliet Okafor, Strategic Advisory Board Member, ICMCP and Black Hat USA panelist. “This program promotes inclusion and provides a platform for women and minorities to make necessary strides in the InfoSec community.”

Future Female Leaders Scholarship

For the third year in a row, Black Hat, together with The Executive Women’s Forum, are awarding 50 complimentary Academic Passes to female university students that display a passion about Information Security through university coursework and experiences at the Future of Female Leaders Scholarship Program.

To learn more about each of these programs, please visit:

Register for the event by July 7 to save $300 on Briefings Pass:


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Kirstie Magowan

Kirstie Magowan is the managing editor of IT Chronicles. Kirstie is an experienced journalist and publisher who has been working in the IT Service Management industry since 1999. Kirstie is a regular speaker at industry conferences globally.