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 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 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 (BGH) is excited to announce its partnership with HyperQube.io to roll out our BGH Cloud Labs training program. BGH Cloud Labs is the brainchild of BGH’s Executive Director Tennisha Martin. It was envisioned as a way to provide Ethical Hacking (Red Team) and Security Operations (Blue Team) training in the cloud for people who did not have the physical resources or computing required necessary to do them on their home computers. When BlackGirlsHack started, Tennisha began teaching home lab workshops to show future cyber pros how they can build a home lab on their computers and be able to practice everything from network penetration testing, web application penetration testing, web application security testing and red and blue team skills. Many of those participants were not able to continue with the workshops after it became clear that their home laptops and computers did not have enough memory or ram available to support a virtual lab environments. From this, the idea of BGH Cloud Labs was born to provide a cloud-based laboratory environment that would allow anyone with an internet connection to be able to hone and grow their ethical hacking skills without the need for computer or laboratory upgrades. From there Tennisha began working with the BGH team to research affordable cloud based solutions that would allow us to be able host hands on lab workshops that would provide an interactive environment for people to learn. HyperQube’s CEO Craig Stevenson dropped into one of these Friday Night Labs sessions and reached out to the instructor about ethical hacking lab training re-envisioned. After seeing the HyperQube cyber range Tennisha knew that this would be the perfect platform to bring the BGH Cloud Labs project to life. BGH Cloud Labs powered by HyperQube is being unveiled at Friday Night Labs on Friday April 29, 2022. Join us at meetup.com/blackgirlshack
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.