SANS Cyber Security Difference Maker and Innovator & Cybersecurity Awareness Program Manager
Steffanie AK Schilling believes in empowering and partnering with individuals to better protect their data and the lives entangled within that data. A social scientist at heart, she designs and implements impactful global Cybersecurity Education & Awareness programs by making cyber safety accessible, inclusive, and fun. Steffanie recently was honored as SANS Cyber Security Difference Maker and Innovator, due to her unique ability to marry a keen understanding of human behavior with the technical elements of information security. She is also the founder of the Security Awareness Professional SIG, collaborating with and mentoring members of the North East Ohio Cyber Consortium.
Steffanie is a national recipient of InfoSec & CompTia’s Infosec Cybersecurity Scholarship. One of three winners in the Diversity category, she believes in the power of representation. Committed to diversity and inclusion in IT, Steffanie works to create opportunities for underrepresented individuals. She believes diversity is a key to solving the ever-growing skill-gap and will drive innovation in Cyber. Steffanie has recently participated in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice campaign #ShareTheMicInCyber and spoke on how we can make cyber more inclusive on SANS Virtual Security Awareness Forum.
Steffanie holds a B.S. in Business with a focus in Marketing and B.A. Speech Communication with a focus in Organizational Communication, from Miami University. As passionate about the arts and cultures as she is cyber, Steffanie teaches African American Vernacular Swing dances and travels the world when she can break away.