Sandy Silk

Director, Information Security Education & Consulting, Harvard University and Women in Technology advocate

Sandy Silk is the Director of Information Security Education and Consulting at Harvard University and a member of the Board of Advisors at Per Scholas Greater Boston, Apexa Corporation, and Brandeis University program for MS in Information Security Leadership.

At Harvard, Sandy leads a team of information security specialists who consult with researchers, faculty, and departments on security risks and controls for the high-risk data, technology, and vendors they use within their projects. Her team also manages the annual information security self-assessment across the University, coordinates the annual review process for the Information Security Policy, and produces the security awareness campaign and related IT Academy training courses. Sandy is also passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging in the IT and cybersecurity profession. She led the Women in Technology team at Harvard to establish its volunteer-run mentoring program in 2017 and is co-chair of the SIM Boston Women’s group.

Prior to joining Harvard, Sandy held various security risk management and education positions at Fidelity Investments, Bose Corporation, and Wellington Management Company. Sandy has a bachelor's degree in German from Brandeis University, a master's degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, and a graduate certificate in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University.

My Sessions

Building Inclusive Security Teams (Sponsored by Egress)

Diversity can sometimes be referred to as the 'what' while inclusion focuses on the 'how'. In this session we look at how you can measure and benchmark your culture to enable diversity to thrive.

We explore how you can:
  • Build an inclusive workforce strategy
  • Concentrate efforts on the talent pipeline - recruitment and retention
  • Implement best practice to enable diversity through mentoring and other initiatives
  • Factor inclusion into technical and non-technical roles, junior and senior roles
  • Create and benefit from a more distributed workforce
  • Capitalise on non-traditional routes into the cyber security profession
  • Lisa Ventura, Founder and CEO of the UK Cyber Security Association
  • Ian Brown, Group Cyber Security Director, Spectris
  • Sandy Silk, Director, Information Security Education & Consulting, Harvard University
  • Esther Schagen-van Luit, Chief Information Security Officer, Deloitte and known as The Leading Lady in Cyber
  • Jessica Figueras, Trustee, UK Cyber Security Council a government-backed Cyber Security standard council