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Speaker Series: Conversations with a Black Cyber Warrior

Speaker Series: Conversations with a Black Cyber Warrior

According to a 2018 report by (ISC)², only 9% of U.S. cybersecurity professionals self-identified as African American or Black, and the underrepresentation of minorities is even greater in leadership roles, despite candidates often having more education than their Caucasian counterparts.

Celebrating Black History Month isn’t just about the past—it’s also about having important conversations in the present to help shape the future. Join us for an engaging conversation about beginning a career and achieving success in Cybersecurity as an African American in an industry that is still disproportionately white.

This event isn’t just another presentation or workshop, it’s an important conversation, so bring your questions, concerns, experiences, and visions for the future of cybersecurity. Let’s honor the heroes of the past by making a better future, together.

Meet our Guest Speaker

Dr. Erik Huffman is an award winning educator, entrepreneur, and cybersecurity professional. Dr. Huffman is the Lead Instructor at SecureSet Colorado Springs. He has worked as an associate dean, dean, and lead instructor at multiple colleges and universities. His work in academia has been recognized worldwide as he continues to redefine cybersecurity from a humanistic perspective. Dr. Huffman is a founding researcher in the emerging field of Cyberpsychology, the study of how the human brain works while in a cyber environment. His research has been presented at NASA-Goddard, CyberWyoming, ISACA, and TedxColoradoSprings. 

In 2020 he was voted a top 5 most influential young professional by ColoradoBiz Magazine. In 2018, he was awarded the Colorado Springs Mayor’s Young Leader in Education, Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, and a Rising Star in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. In 2019 he was named one of the ‘most influential young professionals’ by ColoradoBiz magazine. Dr. Huffman is the CEO and founder of Handshake Leadership, an organizational development and cybersecurity education consulting company. In his tenure, Handshake Leadership has won Best Social Impact Company in the Colorado Springs Business Journal in 2018 and 2019. Handshake Leadership provides education and technical guidance needed to position a school, or entire district, for a successful launch in cyber education.

Bring a friend and snag some swag!

This SecureSet event is eligible for 2 hours of CPE credit! Ask a SecureSet staff member at the event if you would like to receive a CPE certificate.

6:00-6:30 PM | Networking
6:30-8:00 PM | Question and Answer Discussion

Street parking is available for events during business hours (metered and free spots). After business hours, the building parking lot is open to all.

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Our Speaker Series events are a must-attend for anyone looking to gain new cybersecurity insights from the industry’s brightest minds. Our experts discuss a wide variety of topics, sharing insights they’ve discovered through countless years of experience in their respective fields. We are proud to offer CPE’s for our Expert Series events. When you arrive, please ask our team about it.

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