Diversity Programs


Making Diversity a Priority in Security - Panel
Wednesday, July 26 | 15:00 - 16:00 | Level 3, Banyan ABC

You've probably seen the data: The number of women in the security industry has plateaued for several years now at about 11%, and minorities represent less than 12% of the workforce, in an industry that continues to struggle to fill empty positions. The good news is that there are now real-world programs and initiatives under way in the industry and by employers to recruit and retain more women, minorities, and LGBTQIA security talent. Learn what's being done and how you can help create a more diverse and well-rounded security industry – and what still needs to be done. A panel of security experts will share their efforts in helping achieve a diverse industry. More Information >>


Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Cybersecurity - Career Track Session
Wednesday, July 26 | 11:30 – 12:20

With an overall lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), perhaps it's not surprising that women only make up 11 percent of the global information security workforce, according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education and Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy's Global Information Security Workforce Study. What is surprising, however, is that women in this industry are more highly educated than men, yet few hold senior-level positions and earn less money. More Information >>

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Black Hat partnered with The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) to award twenty-five (25) Briefings packages to ICMCP students and practitioners. ICMCP works to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. Packages include a Black Hat USA 2017 Briefings pass, round-trip transportation to Las Vegas, and three nights hotel accommodations. Award recipients will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and introduction to a potential new or enhanced career path.

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Future Female Leaders Scholarship

Black Hat and The Executive Women's Forum are pleased to announce the 3rd year of the Future Female Leaders Scholarship Program. We will be awarding 50 complimentary Academic Passes to female university students who demonstrate a passion for Information Security as well as a proven history of related experience and coursework. More Information >>

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Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Networking Event
Thursday, July 27 | 14:30 – 15:30 | Banyan D, Level 3

Join Women in Security and Privacy at Black Hat to mingle and network with privacy and security professionals. Also, consider becoming part of the Women in Security and Privacy Tandems program. It's our peer-to-peer mentorship program, which connects you with a partner who has a different background, expertise, and a different network. Why? We believe that you bring unique value to your women peers, no matter which career stage you're at. Knowledge is fluent and leadership manifests at every career level. You can find your Tandem partner right here, and sign up to be matched in our next round of the program, starting in September!

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Queercon Happy Hour
Wednesday, July 26 | 16:00 – 18:00 | Palm Foyer, Level 3

Black Hat is excited to host Queercon, the largest social network of LGBTQ hackers from around the world, at Black Hat USA 2017. Queercon will host a reception on Wednesday, July 26 onsite at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Queercon continues to grow and now focus on outreach to the LGBTQ community within the IT Security and Hacker Spaces.  Learn More>>

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EWF Meet & Greet

The Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Privacy & Risk Management invites all women attending Black Hat USA 2017 to our Meet & Greet on July 27, 2017 in Banyan B, Mandalay Bay from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
Join us for a fun, relaxed, professional get together. Engage and connect with the most dynamic personalities - the women in Information Security who make it happen. Participate in discussions and get to know each over light refreshments. Don't forget to stop by the EWF Booth #BB2, Mandalay Bay, Business Hall, Level 2. More Information >>

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