IN Security's Progressive Code of Conduct – Now With Consequences!

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By Selena Templeton & Sean Martin

This podcast episode is part of our Las Vegas cybersecurity event coverage called “Chats on the Road to Las Vegas”, which is part of our Las Vegas 2018 Conference coverage. Our team will be hitting the road, so to speak, to connect with a number of the conference speakers, presenters and panelists to get a sneak peek into what they have planned at these conferences, which include Black Hat, DEF CON, Bsides and Hacking Diversity.

Today I’m talking with Jane Frankland, Managing Director of Cyber Security Capital, Chad Loder, CEO of Habitu8, and Deidre Diamond, Founder of CyberSN and Brainbabe, about a progressive code of conduct for industry events that was created by the IN Security Movement and led by Jane.

Jane's article Women in Red Ball Gowns at InfoSec: Why I Spoke Out details her experience during and after encountering women on the exhibition floor in red dresses that were more suitable for fancy galas and similar social gatherings, not a work conference.

This prompted her to lead the IN Security Movement to create a progressive code of conduct for industry events that includes bullet points of what constitutes "unacceptable behavior" and the consequences of not heeding this CoC at any event.

Chad joined us for this chat because I was interested in having a man's point of view on this subject. I wanted to know if booth babes (whether in bikinis or ball gowns, that's what they are) ever bothered him or did he not notice until women started speaking out about it? He shares that yes, he's always thought it was kind of lame, and a lot of professional men he knows look down on it, too.

It’s interesting the credibility I get by saying the same shit that [women have] been saying for years, but people will listen to someone who looks just like them.
— Chad Loder

Deidre points out that "Booth babes and women in sexy evening gowns are not appropriate, but we also don’t want to go too far the other way and police what women are wearing."

This updated (for 20-goddamn-18!) code of conduct has a list of "acceptable behaviors" and "unacceptable behaviors" so that it’s very clear for everyone who may have their own gray areas (complimenting, touching, flirting, etc.). And this is meant to keep everyone safe, welcomed, and included – not just women.

This Code of Conduct is available on Cyber Security Capital.

So without further ado, let’s take a listen – and we'll see you in Vegas!

About the Guests

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Jane Frankland is a best-selling author, international speaker and award-winning entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Cyber Security Capital and the IN Security Movement and works with cyber security leaders of all levels. This year she was named as one of the top twenty global influencers in cyber security.

Jane has over twenty years’ worth of experience in cyber security, has built and sold her own global penetration testing firm and held executive positions at renowned consultancies. Over the years she has launched, created and been actively involved in numerous accreditation organisations, forums and schemes including OWASP, CREST and Cyber Essentials. She currently serves as an awards judge for three major awards in Europe and the USA, and as a Board Advisor for one of the world’s most prestigious conferences, Black Hat. She authors many articles, is regularly featured in industry and iconic British media, and is sought after as an international keynote speaker.

Jane is driven by her three children, an obsession to deliver outstanding quality and to make a positive difference in the world. Believing passionately in freedom, empowerment and entrepreneurism her vision is to build a more secure world by developing outstanding leadership and enabling diverse talents in cyber security to thrive. It’s why she authored IN Security and created the IN Security Movement and Tribe.

Find Jane on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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Deidre Diamond. Committed to Integrity, Accountability, and Meaningful Connections.

Combining my 21 years of experience working in technology and staffing, my love for the cybersecurity community, and a genuine enthusiasm for people, I created Cyber Security Network, a company transforming the way Cyber Security Professionals approach job searches. will remove the frustration from job-hunting, and aid in interpersonal connections and education.

Throughout my career I have built large-scale sales and operations teams that achieved high performances. Creating cultures based on an anything is possible attitude allows people to achieve above and beyond the usual. By establishing an open communication framework throughout an organization; I have created cultures of positive energy, career advancement and kindness, that enables teams to reach beyond peak performance and have fun at work. 

I am also Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, which empowers women and men to work together in cyber security and directly impacts three statistics: 11% of cybersecurity jobs are held by women, 53% of women leave the industry in under ten years, and only 6% of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women.

Find Deidre on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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Chad Loder. CEO and Co-Founder @ Habitu8 • ❤️startups and hyper-growth • Co-founder and former VP Eng @Rapid7 ($900MM IPO exit) • I'm not in the security business - I'm in the people business.

Find Chad on LinkedIn and Twitter.