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Secure Diversity has partnered with SANS Cyber Talent to create the Secure Diversity Leadership Academy. This new initiative is focused on increasing gender diversity in cybersecurity leadership

There are three program options for women and other underrepresented genders to pursue SANS GIAC certification focused on leadership in cybersecurity. Eligibility and more information is shared below.


  • August 21, 2022 – Applications Close
  • Early September – Cohort Decisions sent to participants
  • October 17, 2022 – 1st Cohort begins


Transformational Cyber Leader

This program takes current cybersecurity managers and leaders and prepares them for senior leadership roles.

MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) – “Be where the business is going.”

MGT 521: Leading Cybersecurity Change: Building a Security-Based Culture – “Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Don’t get eaten.”

Operational Cyber Executive

This program takes current cybersecurity managers and leaders with a background in core security technology and operations and prepares them for senior leadership and executive roles.

MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers (GSLC) – “Cybersecurity programs in a nutshell. From A to Z.”

MGT551: Building and Leading Security Operations Centers (GSOM) – “Prevent – Detect – Respond | People – Process – Technology”

Cloud Security Leader

This program is for current cybersecurity professionals in cloud security who seek a transition into management.

MGT516: Managing Security Vulnerabilities: Enterprise and Cloud – “Stop treating the symptoms. Cure the disease.”

MGT520: Leading Cloud Security Design and Implementation – “Chart your course to cloud security.”


  • Person from a historically excluded gender (women, transgender individuals, non-binary people)
  • U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident (Green card holder) currently residing in the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • Passion for increasing diversity in cybersecurity and a desire to create more opportunities for others in underrepresented/historically exclude identities. Preference for those who can demonstrate how they have been doing this work already
  • Current cybersecurity professional with at least three years of cybersecurity experience. The experience required varies by program
    • Transformational Cyber Leader
      • 8 – 10 years of experience
      • Supervisory experience in IT or cyber
      • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • Operational Cyber Executive
      • 8 – 10 years of experience for senior director or CISO candidates, 6 – 8 years of experience for senior management candidates
      • Background in core areas of security and an understanding of technology, networks, etc. T
      • Experience in an operational cybersecurity role
      • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • Cloud Security Leader
      • Basic understanding of vulnerability, patch, and configuration management concepts and the cloud
      • 3 – 5 years of experience

Use the form below to apply.