We, the NorthSec organization, wish to create a respectful environment for all participants and seek to create an inclusive conference. We insist that anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, body size, religion and beliefs, be treated equally and respectfully. We believe that a respectful environment can be created when all participants respect the conference’s Code of Conduct.
We also recognize that there is a need to increase diversity at information security conferences. Such an increase can be fostered when organizing committees at security events recognize the community’s lack of diversity and take concrete action to tip the balance. Last year, we contacted organizations supporting gender equality in information security, inviting them to submit to the call for proposals and offering them to participate to the conference and the competition.
This year, we are additionally reaching out to minority groups involved in information security, but also larger communities that may not be involved directly in information security, but could serve as a broader platform to reach other potential participants and speakers. If you identify as part of an underrepresented group and wish to attend our event, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New opportunity to underrepresented groups
To take our actions even further, we decided to offer, under specific conditions and with the instructor’s agreement, one free seat for each of the following trainings to someone who is part of a group that is underrepresented in information security:
- Windows Enterprise Incident Response
- Reverse Engineering Crash Course
- Windows Kernel Exploitation
- Mastering Burp Suite Pro 100% Hands-On
- Evil Mainframe Hacking
- Adversary Tactics: Red Team Ops
If you wish to seek this offer, we ask you to compile an application that includes:
- A Letter of motivation (maximum 2 pages) Please explain to us how you identify as part of an under-represented group in information security, what is your professional situation, why you wish to follow the training, how would you benefit from this course and anything else you would like to add.
- Description of knowledge and technical skills to follow the training (maximum 2 pages): We wish to have someone who will be motivated, but also who will be able to follow the course at the same pace as other participants. Please, tell us what you’ve learned in the past years, how you fulfill the minimum requirements for the course and how you will use the course content for your personal and/or professional life.
- Your resume: The application will be reviewed by the NorthSec board and the free training will be awarded based on three criteria:
- Applicant’s motivation
- Applicant’s capacity to follow the training
- Overall quality of the application
- All applications need to be sent to: email@example.com before April 15th, 2019. Please note that this offer does not cover travel to Montreal or accommodation costs.
We understand that our goal of increasing diversity at information security events is an ongoing process. This is why we also call for the help of the broader information security community. If you have any ideas, questions or thoughts you would like to share with us, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.