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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Yolonda Smith

Target Corporation
Lead Infosec Analyst, BISO-Digital/Marketing
Minneapolis, MN
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 .com and mobile applications are designed, developed and deployed with limited risk to Target or its guests. A security professional herself, she spent 8 years in the United States Air Force as a Cyberspace Operations Officer with duties and responsibilities varying from Mission Commander, Advanced Network Operations where her team planned and executed the first DoD Cyber Threat Hunting Missions to Flight Commander, Cyber Defense Capabilities Development where her team developed and fielded the first and only malware neutralization tool for the Predator Drone Weapon System.
Should you meet in person, you should ask her about what fermented beverage she currently has in secondary (and what makes it interesting); what code or hardware hacking project is currently in the works (and what problem she thinks it will solve); or what she has planned next for international travel.