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Saturday, August 22 • 8:00am - 9:00am
What Does it Mean to Be a Barrier Breaker?

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We often assume 'Barrier Breaker' means that someone was 'the first' or 'the only' to do something and what happens after that is almost a foregone conclusion . That's not how barriers get broken. It's kind of like saying, "a single drop of water breaks the dam", when we know that it takes a critical mass of water, a flood, before the dam will break. In security, especially, we reward the 'lone hacker' who discovers a zero-day and tend to dismiss those that come behind who identify similar classes of vulnerabilities or the same vulnerability presented in different ways--as if those discoveries aren't equally remarkable. Barrier breaking isn't a one-person phenomenon, it is a movement of people committed to change. Using a handful of examples, I will highlight some barrier breakers in our industry and provide actionable methods that each of us, day by day, and byte by byte, can use to become better barrier breakers.

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Yolonda Smith

Head of Cybersecurity at Sweetgreen, Opening Keynote Speaker
Yolonda Smith is the Head of Cybersecurity for sweetgreen, a fast-casual salad restaurant chain with over 100 locations across North America whose mission is inspire healthier communities by connecting people to real food. In this role, she is responsible for the development and operationalization... Read More →

Saturday August 22, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
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