In anticipation of the Black Hat USA 2017 conference in Vegas, I made a list of diversity-related sessions I wanted to attend – and had to check it twice! There are only three sessions that have to do with diversity, all of them are about women, and one of them is a networking event.
So I diversified my definition of diversity and included sessions, briefings and panels that had a human element, like Real Humans, Simulated Attacks (which sounds like my Kung-Fu class for beginners), and Garbage In, Garbage Out, about machine learning (humans could learn a thing or two about “finding hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look”).
Between attending as many sessions as I can from this list, I’ll also be loitering in the halls in hopes of securing interesting interview guests for my podcast show #DiverseIT or for shorter Black Hat sound bites, both of which will appear on ITSPmagazine.
So, if you have something interesting or thought-provoking to say about diversity (which doesn’t have to be confined to women in tech — could be about age, race, neurodiversities, or broader subjects like diverse problem solving or unconscious bias in machine learning, etc.), please submit a request to meet via our Black Hat 2017 Podcast Interview Request Form.
I’ll see you at Black Hat USA 2017 – and remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...until it is published on ITSPmagazine, that is!
Wednesday, July 26 I 15:00-16:00 I Level 3, Banyan ABC
Speaker: Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor, DarkReading
Wednesday, July 26 I 11:30-12:20
Presented by (ISC)2
Wednesday, July 26 | 11:15am-12:05pm | Lagoon DEFJKL
Speaker: Lorrie Cranor
Wednesday, July 26 | 2:40pm-3:30pm | Mandalay Bay GH
Speaker: Kelly Shortridge
Garbage In, Garbage Out: How Purportedly Great Machine Learning Models Can Be Screwed Up by Bad Data - Briefing
Wednesday, July 26 | 5:05pm-5:30pm | South Seas CDF
Speaker: Hillary Sanders
Wednesday, July 26 | 16:00 | Palm Foyer, Level 3
Queercon is the largest social network of LGBTQ hackers from around the world.
Thursday, July 27 I 14:30-15:30 I Banyan D, Level 3
Presented by WISP
Thursday, July 27 | 11:00am-11:50am | Mandalay Bay GH
Speaker: Arun Vishwanath
Cyber Wargaming: Lessons Learned in Influencing Security Stakeholders Inside and Outside Your Organization - Briefing
Thursday, July 27 | 12:10pm-1:00pm | Mandalay Bay GH
Speaker: Jason Nichols
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