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The Blacks In Cybersecurity Village seeks to bring culturally diverse perspectives to the holistic Cybersecurity community; by way of a series of talks and a capture the flag event.


In providing these activities, we hope to help highlight Black experiences, innovations in the field, Black culture and educate the community about Black history. 

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DEF CON 29 Theme:

We begin to meet without knowing exactly why. We know we have common interests. We know that we feel understood in each other’s company, and that’s a good start. We know our enthusiasm won’t be misread, that the intensity of our curiosity is wordlessly accepted. We gather ourselves together, we work on each other’s projects and we keep an eye out for the others tuned to the same frequency.

"Can't Stop the Signal."


Our BIC Village Theme:

This village seeks to highlight Black experiences, innovations in the field, Black culture, Black history as well as provide a platform for the discussion of social justice and its impact on the progression and development of Technology.


"Social Justice and The Black Experience in Technology".

BIC Village Talk Categories:

Technology in Social Justice : Discussing and highlighting how disparity and lack of equality negatively effect the progression of Cybersecurity and/or the greater technology field.

Black Experience In Cybersecurity / Technology : Describing or narrating a cultural experience that helped shape innovation, develop a curiosity or fuel a mission.

Cyber Innovations and Advancements : Presenting a specific advancement, innovation or invention that has been preformed by a Black practitioner or has aided the Black community.

Talks will premier at their appropriate times on our Youtube Channel.


BIC Village Speakers & Schedule

Jessica Hoffman ~@JHoBootyFat

Technology in Social Justice 

August 6th, 2021 - 10:30 AM PDT

Talk: Why don’t we have IoT, daddy?

Abstract: TBD


Biography: Jessica Hoffman is an IT Audit manger and partner of her Black owned audit and compliance firm. She provides Readiness assessments and audits mainly to the federal healthcare sector but also service various public/private sector fields. She has been in Cybersecurity for 10 years and IT for over 15 years. Prior to starting her small business, she was a federal and state employee; Public service and giving back to the community are two areas that she is dedicated to and she excels in as a dedicated volunteer, mentor, professor and advocate.

Keith Chapman ~@S1lv3rL10n

Technology in Social Justice 

August 6th, 2021 - 12:30 PM PDT

Talk: The Action Plan for Cyber Diversity!

Abstract: What does it take to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in information security? An inside perspective with actionable steps. These actions will build a stronger defense and future for us all.


Biography: Keith Chapman is an information security professional, cyber education chair and conference presenter. His background includes incident response, threat intelligence and governance, risk and compliance. He also invests in the information security community by attending and speaking at and conferences. Keith serves as the Cincinnati, OH ambassador for Blacks in Cyber. He is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field and mentors students in the Ohio Public School System, specifically the Cyber Academy.

Maurice Turner ~@TypeMRT

Black Experience In Cybersecurity / Technology

August 6th, 2021 - 2:30 PM PDT

Talk: The Big Cleanup: Tackling The Remnants of Systematic Discrimination in the Tech Industry

Abstract: It’s easy to just accept the status quo even when it’s harmful because that’s just how it’s always been done. Discrimination in the tech industry is no different. The reuse and amplification of discriminatory language can have damaging effects on those within the industry, as well as in other physical spaces. It adds to the barriers that prevent folks from even trying to participate because they think that they don’t belong.

Using technology to challenge how concepts are labeled can help break down those barriers and drive inclusivity. Changing how practitioners label concepts like Whitelist/Blacklist and Master/Slave makes the tech industry more inclusive internally. We can also use technology to uncover remnants of discrimination in the analog world. Thousands of geographic places across the country have official names that are racist like Negro Run and Squaw Creek. They are now easy to find using services like Google Maps. When those names are changed, everyone can see the update immediately.

Old baggage has a way of sticking around when new systems are built using legacy data. Regardless of my role in organizations, I look for ways to turn that around and cleanup some of those remnants of systematic discrimination. I will highlight two of those experiences where I have been able to make small changes with big impact by ensuring inclusive language in voting securing standards and changing the racist name of a river using a mapping service. I hope you see that you too can make small changes that make a difference at scale.


Biography: Maurice Turner is the Cybersecurity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a recognized public interest technologist and cybersecurity expert focused on developing strategies to secure critical infrastructure and deter cyber operation escalation. He has also provided testimony before the United States Congress, shared his insights with the European Union, and spoken at numerous security conferences. He most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the United States Election Assistance Commission, where he provided subject matter expertise in support of local, state, and federal partners to administer elections fairly and securely. Prior to that he was Deputy Director of the Internet Architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he led the Election Security and Privacy Project, identifying and updating election cybersecurity practices and infrastructure through multi-sector partnerships. He also served as a TechCongress Congressional Innovation Fellow assigned to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he shaped policy and oversaw the preparation of memos, briefings, and hearings on federal Information Technology systems, cybersecurity threats, and cybersecurity regulations. He holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, an BA in Political Science from California State University Fullerton, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy from Georgetown University.

Stephen Pullum ~@The Madhatter

Black Experience In Cybersecurity / Technology

August 7th, 2021 - 10:30 AM PDT

Talk: Black Cyber Exodus: The Mis-Education (Certification) of Black Cyber

Abstract: In this talk I will analyze the pipeline between many Black Cyber Practitioners that were never credited or brought to the forefront and the certification plans/materials being developed for the progression of the holistic industry, as well as discuss the premise; "How much of their non-profit revenue is being invested into the Black Community which they cleverly so snared into the premise of being qualified to do a job."


In1982, CompTIA was started under another name, yet still CompTIA. In 1989, SANS/GIAC was started and in 1992, ISC2 released the CBK that would 2 years later become the CISSP. In 2001, the EC Council formed in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Before these so-called cybersecurity certifications, how did the founders and instructors get certified to even instruct or create these organizations? Materials such as the Rainbow Books Series were the mainstay in the Trust Computing Model environment that are still being implemented today, just rebranded. These institutions implemented disproportionate programs when they gained traction and Cyber specific programs became profitable without giving up their "non-profit" status.


Biography: Stephen Pullum is a Cyber Security Evangelist and Pioneer. Stephen is an entrepreneur in Accra, Ghana to his company AFRICURITY. This company brings best practices in multiple lanes of Cybersecurity, Cyber Education, Cyber Resiliency and Cyber Scalability both corporate and individual. Stephen has over 40 years in the Cybersecurity field, having began in the early '80's with the handle 'The Madhatter'. Stephen is also recognized as an Alumni of the Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc). Stephen served in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 2012, and has a unique perspective of the Cybersecurity field as he has been participating in both the culture and the proffession since it's infancy.

Ochaun Marshall ~@OchaunM

Technology in Social Justice

August 7th, 2021 - 12:30 PM PDT

Talk: The OPSEC of Protesting

Abstract: Technology both facilitates and complicates the human condition in many ways, especially in the tradition of protesting. Activists and those supporting social movements need to be aware of the risks of social demonstrations. In this talk, we dive into communication strategies for activists, as well as the basics of OPSEC. We’ll do threat modeling against both nation-state & opposition movements and discuss the utility of basic security hygiene in this context. We will also examine these principles against case studies of the Civil rights movement, BLM, Hong Kong Separation movement, Election protests, and recent “hacktivist” attacks against Parler and Gab.

Biography: Ochaun (pronounced O-shawn) Marshall is an application security consultant. In his roles at Secure Ideas, he works on ongoing development projects utilizing Amazon Web Services and breaks other people's web applications. When he is not swallowing gallons of the DevOps Kool-Aid, he can be found blasting J Cole while hacking, blogging, and coding. He covers everything he does with the signature phrase: I code; I teach; I hack.

Nico "Socks" Smith ~@nicolaismith1

Black Experience In Cybersecurity / Technology

August 7th, 2021 - 2:30 PM PDT

Talk: 40 cores and a CPU

Abstract: The talk 40 Cores and a CPU will speak to the importance of participating in the cybersecurity field at every level for Black Technologists. I will demonstrate the benefits and struggles that can be both met and overcome through owning physical infrastructure and providing services to the community, with this question in mind: “If the goal is to own and secure your data, wouldn’t be easier if you owned the IP’s and the Bare Metal Infrastructure that supports it?” While the scale will always be dwarfed by larger companies that are Cloud Service Providers, the capabilities to grow and develop at a grassroots level, future engineers, and cybersecurity professionals of color is much easier, which in turn prepares better candidates for larger enterprises. This talk should start the discussion, is it possible for the black community to own spaces of the internet from the BareMetal to the code on the front-end server? And what economic impact would that have, or would it become a security issue, a new cyber target ?

Biography: Nico Smith is a technology hobbyist with over 15 years in Information Technology and 10years focused on developing defensive and offensive teams, privately and collegiately. He also is Captain in the US Army National Guard and previously a Cyber Network Defense Manager for a US Army National Guard Cyber Protection Team. In his spare time Nico Smith volunteers 30hrs a month to mentor and support college and high school students interested in entering the cyber career field.  He also created the only functioning cyber challenge coin in the DOD. He also created the BIC Village Badge for DEFCON29. He has committed to improving cybersecurity and changing the way cyber is understood, leveraged, and cultivated. 

Tennisha Martin ~@misstennisha

Technology in Social Justice

August 7th, 2021 - 4:30 PM PDT

Talk: How Bias and Discrimination in Cybersecurity will have us locked up or dead

Abstract: This talk focuses on algorithmic analysis and machine learning in the healthcare and criminal justice settings. Algorithms make a lot of important decisions including selecting candidates for a particular residency in medical school, tests that identify skin cancer in patients or determining the sentencing recommendations for people convicted of a crime. The outcome of these decisions includes impacting the number of people (or people of color) in certain specialties, failing to identify skin cancer in people of color and recommending longer sentences for black people and in particular black men. Studies have been shown that bias in algorithms have a wide-ranging impact, especially in the areas of clinical decision support and in criminal justice. Clinical decision support is integrated into electronic health records around the world and are used to establish things like best practices, medication guidelines, and prioritization of patients. The idea behind clinical decision support is that the algorithms are used based on aggregated data to help health care providers provide a standard of care. The reality, however, is that there is a thin line between the algorithms acting as the basis for recommendations and them acting autonomously. The aggregation of data and the formulation of algorithms by a largely homogeneous population results in bias and discrimination against people of color.  In criminal justice, the racial impact of predictive policing is that black people serve longer times in jail. In healthcare, the impact of algorithmic bias results in poorer health outcomes, and failure to diagnose and treat patients of color. The result is that bias and discrimination in artificial intelligence will have members of the Black community incarcerated or dead.

Biography:  Tennisha Martin is the founder and Executive Director of a National Cybersecurity non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources to underserved communities and increasing the diversity in cyber. She has worked in a government consulting capacity for over 15 years and in her spare time is a Cyber Instructor, mentor, and red-team leaning ethical hacking advocate for diversity in Cyber and the executive suites.

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