Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Creating opportunity for all – to learn, participate, and lead – is imperative to achieving a more diverse cybersecurity industry. SANS is dedicated to creating opportunity by providing more pathways to education, community, and careers. Contact our diversity team to learn more about our work and to join us in this mission: diversityinclusiontaskforce@sans.org.

Women Lifting Women Livestream

This International Women’s Day, we aim to #BreaktheBias by celebrating sisterhood in cybersecurity! We can achieve true equity and belonging only by forging strong support systems. 

On March 8 we held a panel discussion moderated by Cheryl Conley with:

  • Jaya Baloo, CISO, Avast
  • Rachel Barnes, Technical Account Manager, Qualys
  • Talya C. Parker, Engineer - Privacy, Safety and Security, Google; Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls in Cyber
  • Janet Roberts, SVP, Global Head of Security Education and Awareness, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.

Featured Female Faculty

Women's Immersion Academy - Free Training

SANS Women’s Cyber Academy

Addressing the pressing need to fill the cybersecurity labor gap, the SANS Institute proudly presents the Cyber Academy program including a pathway just for women. The Women's Pathway aims to break down gender barriers in the cybersecurity industry and promote diversity by offering free training opportunities to women interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity.

Resources for Women in Cybersecurity


    Our Diversity Efforts

    At SANS and GIAC, we believe that there is no place for racism or discrimination in our community or industry. We stand in solidarity with those who, like us, are committed to advancing equal opportunity for all. Below are a few of the ways in which we are working to making a measurable difference today:
    • Updating our courseware style guide: terms like Blacklist, Whitelist, and many others will be removed from SANS courseware and replaced with more appropriate terminology.
    • Consciously representing diversity in speaking events and instructor development: we are dedicated to better representing the overall community and striving to see more diversity in the industry.
    • Running multiple scholarship academies and offering job placement support for women, veterans, and minorities.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement and Non-Harassment Policy

    SANS Women in Cybersecurity Presentation

    Stephanie recently gave an important presentation at the SANS Women in Cybersecurity virtual event, where she spoke about approaching career development conversations with more self confidence.

    SANS BIPOC in Cybersecurity Event Presentation

    Security Policy expert and Attorney Camille Stewart recently spoke at the SANS BIPOC in Cybersecurity event about how to exude your personal, professional narrative.