BlackGirlsHack presents Girls Hack Village is excited to announce our first Diamond Sponsor for DefCon 30. Corellium® was founded to equip teams with the tools they need to push the ecosystem of Arm-based devices forward. Corellium’s focus is the future and changing what is possible for mobile security testing through our groundbreaking Arm-native mobile device virtualization platform. They’ve committed to helping enrich non-profit and educational initiatives and we’re excited they’ve chosen to support bringing the first Girls Hack Village to the world at DefCon 30 at Hacker Summer Camp. For Corellim, empowering women, nonbinary and other underrepresented groups to improve their skills is critical to building a thriving and diverse mobile security industry.
BlackGirlsHack is excited to announce our partnership with NowSecure, a leader in the mobile application security space. BlackGirlsHack’s founder and Executive Director Tennisha Martin was asked to speak to one of NowSecure’s employee resource groups a few months ago and talked to them about the importance of taking real action to increase diversity in cybersecurity. That action, could look like many things, but it was important that it was actually an action and not a discussion. NowSecure’s CEO Alan Snyder immediately took up the call to action and offered to donate mobile penetration testing training and vouchers for certification to the BlackGirlsHack squad. They also took the unprecedented step of not just providing a set number of licenses but making it available for everyone. BlackGirlsHack members started receiving their NowSecure Academy welcome messages and getting started on their training last week. Check out NowSecure and how they’re helping to secure the mobile space.
BlackGirlsHack is excited to partner with INE to bring premium training and discounted vouchers to the squad. INE stands out amongst other ethical hacking certification bodies as it provides hands-on labs and free training for its entry-level junior penetration testing (eJPT) certification. We can’t wait to start flooding the job market with certified penetration testers, and we are excited to see the impact to the greater IT community as the eJPT and Certified Professional Penetration Tester certifications become a leader in the hands-on certified penetration tester space. Find out more about BlackGirlsHack and INE’s partnership to help increase diversity in cybersecurity here and here.
How many times have you applied for a Cybersecurity job to receive a day or weeks later a rejection letter that you have not been considered for the role? Or maybe you have been shortlisted for a role because you met the minimum qualifications, transferrable skills, even hold Cybersecurity certifications, and have an evident passion for the role? According to (ISC)2, the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions now stands at 4.07 million, up from 2.93 million this time last year. The unfilled positions include 561,000 in North America. The shortage of skilled workers in the industry in Europe has soared by more than 100 percent over the same period, from 142,000 to 291,000.
Ok, so now you finally land the interview; the interview went well, and yet you are still rejected, and your chance to finally land that Cybersecurity role appears to diminish right in front of you. You may feel defeated. You may feel like you are not cut out to be a Cybersecurity Professional, and then you decide to give up on your dream. I know the feeling. However, if there are so many unfilled Cybersecurity roles worldwide, why can we not land the
Cyber role? I have often heard that if you want to get into Cybersecurity, you have to show that you have the skills, like command-line skills and more.
So in 2018, I decided to transition to a career in Cybersecurity and to develop my skill-set. I started by searching online for Cybersecurity boot camps, certificate, and degree programs. However, since I already held a master’s degree in information science, the thought of going into debt again was not an option for me. So I decided to try online Cybersecurity and IT workforce development platforms. I did not have a great experience with the platforms I tried. For example, I would get stuck at a step in a challenge, and there were no tips provided to help me understand how to complete the task and move forward. Sometimes my VM instance session would have an error and then shut down as I was completing a challenge. These roadblocks were very frustrating because I would have to refresh my browser and then re-start a module from the beginning. After those experiences, I gave up on using any online Cybersecurity and IT workforce development platforms, essentially placing the development of my skills on hold until BlackGirlsHack introduced me to RangeForce in February 2021.
Founded in 2015, RangeForce was created to provide impactful training experiences to individuals and teams throughout the cybersecurity industry. They improve a learner’s ability to detect and respond to the latest cyber threats while identifying skills gaps and providing the training needed to upskill learners quickly. I have been using RangeForce since February 2021, and I can say it is the best platform I have used. RangeForce’s user experience is excellent, with it being easy to navigate between pages. Each module contains clear and concise content for the topic or instructions for an assessment. They also offer tips within each assessment to help a Learner if they find difficulty completing an assessment alone. RangeForce is also very concerned with their Learners’ experience with each module and asks for general feedback after each of them.
I am always excited about using RangeForce, and I think you would be if you tried it too. If you want to level up your Cybersecurity skills, when you have a chance, please feel to visit RangeForce for more information.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that BlackGirlsHack has partnered with Google to help make the cybersecurity workforce more diverse and to train the next generation of ethical hackers!
As a leading technology company, Google understands cybersecurity’s importance, its role in protecting individuals, businesses, and communities from online threats, and diversity’s role in supporting that goal. That’s why they have chosen to sponsor our organization, which is dedicated to addressing diversity in cybersecurity and helping more underrepresented communities upskill and reskill to careers in cybersecurity.
With Google’s support, we will be able to expand our reach and impact, providing even more people with the tools and knowledge they need to obtain careers in cybersecurity. We will also be able to invest in new initiatives that will help to make the career training for career changers and new entrants into the industry.
We believe that through this partnership with Google, we can make a real difference in diversity statistics in cybersecurity and we are honored to have the support of such a respected and innovative company.
As part of the sponsorship, Google will provide BlackGirlsHack with resources such as funding, expertise and access to their tools and technology. This will help us to enhance our current programs and develop new initiatives, with the goal of educating underserved populations in upskilling and reskilling in cybersecurity careers.
We look forward to working with Google and are grateful for their commitment to our organization. Together, we can help to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
BlackGirlsHack was created to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women breakthrough barriers to careers in information security and cyber security. The vision for Black Girls Hack (BGH) is to provide resources, training, mentoring, and access to black girls and women and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field and in the executive suites.
Google is a multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products such as search engines, online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and hardware. The company was founded in 1998 and has since grown to become one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands. Google is well known for its commitment to making the internet a safer and more secure place for everyone, and is continually investing in new technologies and initiatives to achieve this goal.
With the Sponsorship, we look forward to working closely with Google to create a more secure digital world. We encourage you to stay connected with us to be informed about the new initiatives and programs that will be launched.
BlackGirlsHack (BGH) Foundation is excited to announce our partnership with The Diana Initiative (TDI) a diversity-driven conference committed to helping all underrepresented people in Information Security. The Diana Initiative is a conference that features multiple speaker tracks, villages with hands-on workshops, and a capture the flag event. BlackGirlsHack Foundation will be partnering with the Diana Initiative to provide scholarships to Def Con and the Diana Initiative conference in Las Vegas in August 2023. These scholarships will provide underrepresented people in information security with travel, hotel accommodations, and tickets to TDI and Def Con.
Last year, BGH provided 23 scholarships to help bring recipients to Las Vegas for hacker summer camp, a collection of cybersecurity conferences which include BlackHat USA, The Diana Initiative, BSides LV, and Def Con. Recipients were able to network, expand their knowledge, learn, and see cutting edge research, advances in technology and learn about the cybersecurity field.
This year, through its partnership with TDI, BGH hopes to bring another 20 people to Las Vegas to help increase diversity in cybersecurity and help them to see themselves in the industry. Donations for Hacker Summer Camp can be made by donating at dianainitiative.org/donate (Leave a comment that the donation is for Hacker Summer Camp) or at blackgirlshack.org/donate and select Def Con Travel Expense Donation.
BlackGirlsHack (BGH) Foundation is excited to announce our partnership with Masterfully, a cybersecurity onboarding and training firm offering the Advisor Plus platform. BlackGirlsHack is continuing to build strategic partnerships with leading edge training companies to build out its training program to provide upskilling and reskilling to diverse groups trying to transition or pivot into Cybersecurity. With this partnership, Masterfully will provide BGH with free access to their OWASP Web Security Testing Guide training which is a self-paced curriculum aimed at training users with basic computer science knowledge in the areas of web application penetration testing and web security testing. This partnership is especially exciting because BlackGirlsHack founder Tennisha Martin through her BGH Security Corporation and BlackGirlsHack experts worked closely with the test management team at Masterfully to develop the curriculum. The training will be available to all BGH members by January 2023 (if not sooner).
BlackGirlsHack (BGH Foundation) is excited to announce our partnership with CyberVista, a N2K Networks brand and cybersecurity training and workforce development company. BlackGirlsHack is continuing to build strategic partnerships to build out its training program and provide upskilling and reskilling to diverse groups trying to transition or pivot into Cybersecurity. With this partnership, CyberVista will provide BGH with free access to foundational cybersecurity training that can be used to supplement training initiatives with their current members.
BGH provides training and resources to encourage black girls and women to be engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, which have historically had a poor representation of women and minorities. BGH’s focus is to improve access and representation of black girls and women in the cybersecurity industry and executive suites.
CyberVista aims to create a cyber-ready workforce through personalized training programs that provide organizations with the people, knowledge and skills required to defend their most critical assets. Areas of training include computers and networking, inventory management, secure deployment and configuration management, protect and defend, and investigate and analysis―from foundational to expert level.
CyberVista’s free courses that will be made available to BGH include:
- Cybersecurity Matters: This material is designed to complement basic security awareness training and provide a deeper layer of understanding of fundamental cybersecurity lexicon. Designed for a non-technical audience, Cybersecurity Matters provides informative and relevant content in an engaging online environment. Learners will walk away with a foundation of cybersecurity knowledge on common cyber attacks and defensive techniques. Beyond basic awareness training and phishing simulations, this content helps learners understand the “hows” and “whys” of cybersecurity, and their role in keeping the organization secure.
- Security Essentials for IT: An online program designed to teach IT professionals the key foundational concepts of cybersecurity, the course includes video lessons, case studies, lab exercises, and interviews with an industry expert in IT security. Security Essentials for IT goes beyond general awareness training programs. The course addresses cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities related to protecting business data and maintaining enterprise systems while incorporating real-world examples and hands-on exercises to put theory into practice. As a result, the practitioner will be more knowledgeable on cybersecurity lexicon, common threats and attacks, and proper mitigation strategies.
BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH Foundation) is excited to announce its partnership with the National Cyber League and it’s parent company Cyber Skyline.
The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. In the NCL Games, students work to solve challenges such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and more. BGH Foundation will be incorporating the National Cyber League in their Intro to CTF training included in their BlackKidHack/ We Got Next Cyber K-12 program to help prepare the next generation of cyber professionals. The National Cyber League Fall Season is in progress and is open to high school-graduate school students.
BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH) is excited to announce its partnership with the US Cyber Games.
The US Cyber Games was founded by Katzcy, in cooperation with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Season I program ran from April to October 2021 and consisted of the US Cyber Open, the US Cyber Combine Invitational, and the selection of the first-ever US Cyber Team™ to represent the United States at the International Cybersecurity Challenge (ICC) to be held in Athens, Greece June 14-17, 2022.
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BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH) is excited to announce that RangeForce has renewed their support of the BlackGirlsHack Foundation. In February 2021, BGH announced its first corporate partnership with the web-based battle skills platform RangeForce. At the time the company provided a subset of their web-delivered training platform to a number of users. Over time, as those licenses were in short supply, they became a perk for paid BGHF members. Since then, as both RangeForce and BlackGirlsHack have continued to grow, so has the demand for cybersecurity training for blue/purple/red/yellow team based training. It is for this reason that we’re proud to announce that RangeForce has not only provided access to all of the modules, but they’ve made them available for the entire squad!
BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH) is excited to announce its partnership with Black Hat USA 2022. Black Hat USA 2022 has provided BGH with 25 Briefing Pass for scholarship awards to the BGH squad. Founded in 1997, Black Hat USA 2022 is an internationally recognized cybersecurity event that provides industry leading technical and relevant information security research. Part of the Hacker Summer Camp, Black Hat USA 2022 provides an opportunity for the squad to be abele to network, learn and gain valuable exposure and information.
The Black Hat Briefings were created 25 years ago to provide computer security professionals a place to learn the very latest in information security risks, research, and trends. Presented by the brightest in the industry, the Briefings cover everything from critical information infrastructure to widely used enterprise computer systems to the latest InfoSec research and development and everything in between. The Briefings are vendor-neutral, allowing the presenters to speak candidly about real problems and potential solutions across both the public and private sectors.
The Black Hat USA 2022 Briefing Scholarship will be offered to the winners of the Bring a Hacker to Summer Camp Raffle and Leadership team who we’re raising funds to bring to the conference in Las Vegas August 10-15. Check out black hat 22 here and donate to the Bring a Hacker to Summer Camp fundraiser here.