DSU student’s journey to Black Hat and beyond
Sara Chinn is a full-time online student with Dakota State University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Operations, and has an A.A.S. in Cyber Security and Digital Crime. Some of Chinn’s academic awards include the 2016 National Cyber Summit, 2015 Black Hat Las Vegas, 2014 PTO Iowa and the 2013 Women’s Aware/United Way. Her background includes 20+ years in various operating systems and servers. She has competed in multiple ISEAGE and National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition security events with her team securing two second place finishes at ISU (Iowa State University?).
She has experience working for a well-known computer manufacturer, as well as the director of a grant-funded public school program. She is a single parent, and the first person in her family to graduate from college.
About Executive Women’s Forum & Las Vegas Black Hat 2015:
Attending Executive Women’s Forum Black Hat Las Vegas 2015 was like drinking from a firehose! Everywhere you turned there was something you wanted to learn, attend, or be a part of. When the Alta Associates’ Executive Women’s Forum selected me as a finalists, I was ecstatic, as it had been a dream of mine to attend the Black Hat conference. There you are able to hear from industry leaders and developers, crackers and hackers, who are willing to share insightful knowledge about information security, including risks and its future. It was geared largely to corporations and companies