The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…

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Friday, October 12


Building a Cybersecurity Strategy for your Business
This discussion focuses on how businesses can effectively build a cyber security strategy for their business. Topics of discussion include:
  • Identifying the fundamental concepts of Cybersecurity.
  • Gaining a better understanding of the bases of Analysis and Management of Cyber-risks.
  • Identifying threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts.
  • Understanding of detection and mitigation strategies regarding the cyber-risks that affect a business.
  • Understand what a generalized Cyber-risks Management Plan should look like for a business

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Chasity Lourde Wright

CEO & Founder, WrightTek Solutions
Chasity Lourde Wright is the CEO and Founder of WrighTek Solutions Consulting Group (WSCG). With over 15 years experience in Information Technology, Aerospace and, Telecommunications. She has built a company with a vision to create opportunities for veterans, women, and minorities. These demographics embodies who she is. As an advocate for diversity in TECH and STEM (sp... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Intercontinental Hotel - Governors Room 1 11 E Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN, USA


One Size Fits *Me* => Building Secure-By-Default Nodejs Applications
Tired of “whack-a-mole”, “hope-and-pray” and playing the “is it a risk really?” game with your organization’s Application Security function? Come find out how an npm module called _spartan takes the guess-work out of app-sec through tailored policy generation that evolves at the pace of development.

Getting application security right often requires that developers have a deeper than average understanding of the security domain. In what other industry is this the case? We don’t have to be M.D.s to get a medical diagnosis; we don’t have to be auto mechanics to get our cars fixed, yet we in security wag our fingers at “iD10t errors” and build grand mousetraps to catch “so obvious”developer missteps, when they may not know what they need to add, change or remove from their applications to make it “secure” in the first place. Furthermore, patterns to address these issues don’t always fit the requirements of the application short or long term, resulting in solutions that only address part of the problem, or worse, are omitted altogether because they are too cumbersome to implement. My answer to this is _spartan–a public npm module created for developers of node.js applications, not security people. _spartan allows developers to create security policies which address their node app’s (whether it be Desktop, Web, Mobile, IoT or API) specific requirements; it installs & configures the modules to match the policy and; it generates the boilerplate middleware that developers can wire into their applications.

Technical Requirements
  • Part of this talk will include a live demonstration in which I build a security policy and do a brief code walkthrough. Attendees that wish to follow along may want to bring a laptop with the latest version of node and npm installed.
    • If internet will not be provided by the conference organizers, attendees may wish to bring a source of Internet access, such as a hotspot so they can install _spartan.
  • Working knowledge of git && github is helpful, but not necessary to follow along during this talk.

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Yolonda Smith

Lead Infosec Analyst, BISO-Digital/Marketing, Target Corporation
Yolonda Smith (aka ‘Dark Msph1t) is a Lead Infosec Analyst with Target Corporation’s Business Information Security Office (BISO) serving the Digital portfolio. In this role, she provides security consultancy to developers, product owners and key stakeholders to ensure that Target’s... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Intercontinental Hotel - Governors Room 4 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101


A Matter of National Cybersecurity
 An inside look at how the Department of Homeland Security is creating safeguards for communities across America

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Faisal Kaleem

Executive Director, MN Cyber
Faisal Kaleem received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. Since 1998 he has served as an educator in different institutions. Currently, he is serving as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity... Read More →


Tony Albright

MN State Representative, MN House of Representatives
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Aaron Call

CISO, State of MN
A servant of the public, I'm striving to build the most effective security program to defend Minnesotans' data and support the government services upon which they rely. Part of having an effective program is developing a workforce that draws on and integrates diverse skills and b... Read More →
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Sarah Engstrom

CISO & VP IT Security, Productivity & Privacy, CHS, Inc.
Sarah Engstrom is Chief Information Security Officer & Vice President of Productivity and Privacy at CHS, Inc. Located in Inver Grove Heights, MN, this Fortune 100 company is a farmer-owned cooperative in energy, agriculture and financial services - serving a diverse set of domestic... Read More →
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Dr. Calvin Nobles

Dr. Nobles is an information technology and cybersecurity subject matter expert (SME), national security leader, cybersecurity scientist, and practitioner with more than 25 years of experience. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland University College. He is... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Intercontinental Hotel - Governors Room 4 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101