What to Do When Data Becomes Invisible in a Work-From-Home World

Like many other businesses, Code42 has been looking for ways to help as this pandemic sweeps across the world. Many of our customers have asked their employees to work from home, which has put an incredible amount of stress on IT and security organizations. 

The Remote Employee Challenge

For the last two weeks, our team has been designing and building a view into the potential data loss that may be happening as a result of the massive change in how people are working. Our goal was to give more visibility to security teams who have trouble detecting when employees — intentionally or accidentally — put data at risk while using collaboration tools off network. That’s why we’re offering this new capability to enterprise companies for 60 days at no cost. It’s a small gesture in the scheme of things, but we hope it helps. 

Seeing Where Data Lives and Moves

At a time when so much data activity is happening off network, what security teams had visibility to last week is invisible this week. Face it, employees will do what they need to do to get their jobs done. They will upload files to Dropbox or Box. They may email business files to their personal email so they can work from their home computer. Or they might go old-school and copy work data to a USB thumb drive. This is bound to happen as employees settle in to working from their home offices.

So how can our new work-from-home view help your security and IT teams? They’ll be able to:

  • Pinpoint remote employees who take the biggest risks with files.
  • Detect unauthorized use of Dropbox, iCloud, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive.
  • Provide an organization-wide view of browser upload activity, including attachments to personal email, and uploads to personal cloud sync systems. 
  • Alert security teams to users with risky file activity based on file type, count and size.
  • Offer historical user activity profiles to speed insider threat investigations.

The Offer Details

Our offer is open to enterprise companies while they work through this new “normal.” To start using our new work-from-home view for 60 days at no cost, sign up by May 30, 2020, by visiting www.code42.com/workfromhome or contacting a Code42 Customer Success Manager if you are a current enterprise customer.

Our Commitment to Customers During COVID-19

As COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continues to impact our communities, I want to personally update you on the steps we have taken to ensure business continuity for all our customers.

In these unprecedented times, where many organizations are making the shift to remote work (including our own), I want to reassure you that your data remains safe and secure.

Being a cloud-based SaaS company, you can rest assured that our operations will not be impacted. Our workforce is very accustomed to leveraging collaborative technologies to work outside of the office. As part of our business continuity planning, we have tested the ability of our systems and processes to handle all of our employees working remotely, and we are well equipped to maintain the high-quality customer service and support you have come to expect from us.

The health and safety of our employees, customers and partners are paramount. We have minimized employee travel, both international and domestic, and will conduct internal and external meetings virtually as much as possible.

This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and the situation is changing in real-time. We are committed to maintaining our business operations and ensuring you continue to receive the highest quality service without disruption.

As you can expect, even through difficult times, we continue to innovate. To help you fully leverage your collaborative technologies, while maintaining your security and business continuity, we have developed a Remote Employee view in our product. This new view provides full visibility to data risk across your remote workforce. If you are interested in learning more, please contact your Code42 Customer Success Manager.

Thank you for your continued trust in Code42.

Code42 Extends Insider Threat Protection to Federal Agencies

An incident or breach caused by an undetected insider threat in the private sector could damage a business’s reputation or significantly impact the organization’s financial wellbeing. But, in the public sector, a similar undetected insider threat breach or incident could jeopardize our national security! That heightened level of risk is why we’re thrilled to share that Code42 has achieved the In Process designation from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for Code42’s cloud-based insider threat and data loss recovery solution. With the In Process designation, Code42 appears on the FedRAMP Marketplace, which means that Federal agencies and contractors have the ability to leverage Code42’s insider threat detection, investigation and response capabilities.

Insider threat in the public sector: the risk is real

Breaches and insider threats in the private sector may get the lion’s share of the headlines, but the public sector is far from immune to the insider threat risk. A Carnegie Mellon analysis of data from the CERT National Insider Threat Center (NITC) Insider Threat Incident Corpus shows that the federal government has, by far, the highest number of serious insider threat incidents detected over the past 20+ years — more than all incidents from state and local governments combined. While alarming, it isn’t exactly surprising that the federal government is such a big target. Just as in the private sector, the offending insiders in the public sector tended to be in trusted positions, and most exfiltrated data during normal working hours. And just as in the corporate world, roughly one in three insider threats were contractors, vendors or another third party not directly employed by the federal agency.

Stepping up insider threat protection in the federal government

It’s not that federal agencies don’t understand the risks of insider threat; on the contrary, they are quite well versed and have been managing and setting best practices on insider threat programs for nearly a decade. In fact, way back in 2011, Executive Order 13587 mandated that all federal government agencies that operate or access classified computer networks implement an insider threat detection and prevention program — including the capacity to monitor and analyze the information from insider threats. But eight years later and with growing cloud adoption, there are exponentially more ways for insiders to exfiltrate data. The truth is that most federal agencies’ insider threat programs likely are built around traditional tools like data loss prevention (DLP) products that weren’t designed to handle the modern reality of ultra-portable data and widespread collaboration and file sharing — and simply can’t keep up with today’s resulting insider risks to data.

Code42 gives federal agencies a new insider threat toolset

The In Process designation is a significant milestone in the FedRAMP authorization process. Code42 is working towards FedRAMP authorization by the fall of 2020. But as I mentioned earlier, Code42 is already available on FedRAMP Marketplace — and organizations can even begin the onboarding process today. That means all federal agencies and contractors can leverage our industry-leading backup and recovery capabilities, while also gaining access to our insider threat detection, investigation and response capabilities.

Our solution quickly surfaces insider threats to a federal agency’s most sensitive, valuable and vulnerable files and information, so security teams can respond immediately and effectively — before damage is done. The solution tracks files as they are attached to web-based emails, uploaded to web applications, and moved to USB sticks and external hard drives. As part of its offering, Code42 also preserves a copy of all versions of all files on a user’s computer. This data can be used for forensics or to recover data after theft, ransomware, hardware or software failure.

Demonstrating our commitment to the highest security standards

FedRAMP Authorization requirements include some of the very highest standards for cloud security and data security risk mitigation in the world. Code42 is actively working on FedRAMP Authorization and, once achieved, will mean that we adhere to some of the most rigorous security standards and requirements. Of course, this is meaningful well beyond the public sector: FedRAMP certification should give all Code42 customers reinforced confidence in our ability to secure and protect your data.

We’re quite proud of this achievement around the Code42 offices — and we’re excited to extend our solution beyond commercial and educational organizations to the federal government, helping to protect sensitive federal data that impact us all.

Code42 blog header

RSA Conference – The Busiest Security Week of the Year

The world will be talking security very soon – the RSA Conference is just around the corner.  From February 24 to 27, more than 40,000 information security practitioners, influencers and enthusiasts will descend on the Moscone Center in San Francisco for a week packed with presentations, product demos, breaking news stories and connecting with peers. 

Team Code42 will be in the North Hall of the Moscone Center ready to talk to security and IT teams about one of the biggest risks to their data –  insider threats. If your challenge is to protect your data from walking out the door when your employees transition out or from careless users, schedule a technical demo now or drop in at our booth, N-6079. We take a new approach to insider threat detection, investigation and response and can protect your most valuable IP, product plans and customer lists without rigid policies and without blocking your employees from collaborating and sharing files. We cut through the noise and give you access to incredible detail about file movements with only a click or two. We’ll be at booth, N-6079:

  • Feb 24: 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Feb. 25: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 26: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pub Crawl from 4-6 p.m.)
  • Feb. 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you don’t yet have an expo pass and are having some serious FOMO, we’ll get you in the door for free. Reach out now for a complimentary expo pass.

Code42’s CEO and SVP to Present Feb. 25

We are thrilled to share that CEO Joe Payne and SVP Vijay Ramanthan will co-present from the expo floor of the Moscone Center the afternoon of Feb. 25. Please join them to hear their insights about why insider threat is such a big, unsolved problem for today’s most progressive companies, and how companies can get a leg up on some of the biggest threats to their data.

The Insider Threat –- You’re Flying Blind
Speakers:
Code42 President and CEO Joe Payne and Senior Vice President Vijay Ramanathan
When: Feb. 25: 4:20-4:50 p.m.
Where: Moscone Center North – North Briefing Center, booth N-6545
Session Description: Studies show that 90% of data loss that manifests from inside organizations goes undetected. What’s worse, nearly 70% of organizations that were breached from the inside had a data loss prevention solution in place. The brutal truth – prevention solutions are not effective at stopping insider threats. Attend this session to learn from Code42 senior executives about how data risk detection and response ensures you and your organization are not blindsided.

Code42 Customer Theater Presentations Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 

This year we are really excited to welcome three of our customers to speak in our booth, N-6079 during RSAC 2020. Security practitioners from BAYADA Home Healthcare, Crowdstrike and Exabeam will share the strategies they’ve used in their successful insider threat programs. 

Look Closer: Your Files are Leaving During Employee Departures
Speaker: Andrew Jarrett, Senior Manager, Desktop Equipment Services, BAYADA Home Health Care
When: Feb. 25: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Feb. 26: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Code42 booth N-6079
Session Description: Sixty-three percent of employees brought data with them from their previous employer (Code42 Data Exposure Report 2019). The flip side of this is that employees are taking data with them when they quit, and most organizations do not have the processes or tools in place to detect, investigate or respond when data is put at risk by a departing employee. BAYADA Home Health Care recognized this risk, and took action to mitigate it by defining an internal departing employee process built around the use of Code42’s insider threat solution.

Insider Threat: The Risk your SOC Won’t Catch
Speaker: Ryan Bonfadini, Incident Response Analyst, CrowdStrike 
When: Feb. 25: 1-2 p.m. | Feb. 26: 1-2 p.m.
Where: Code42 booth N-6079
Session Description: Don’t let your insider threat program be stuck in the past (or be nonexistent). Learn how to modernize your insider threat program and prepare for next generation attacks. During this session, Ryan Bonfadini will share his expertise gained over the past seven years where he has established and matured insider threat programs at CrowdStrike and Symantec.

Data Security in the Age of Collaboration 
Speaker: Alex Koshlich, IT InfoSec Manager, Exabeam
When: Feb. 25: 2-3 p.m.  | Feb. 26: 2-3 p.m.
Where: Code42 booth N-6079
Session Description: For many companies, the accelerated pace of their growth doubles as one of their greatest security risks. To maintain security while fostering growth, Exabeam allows employees to use whatever tools are necessary to get the job done, as long as security can maintain visibility into those tools. To accomplish this, Exabeam relies on Code42’s solution to see how files are moving across their endpoints and cloud applications. 

After Hours Security Party

Join Code42 for an exclusive, invite-only event at the Minna Gallery with fellow RSAC attendees! Enjoy complimentary drinks, live entertainment and heavy appetizers. Space is limited, so RSVP now.

When: Feb. 25: 7-10 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Don’t Believe the Hype from DLP Players

We got a good chuckle when one of our competitors recently called us a “DLP Wannabe.” Let’s face it, no one wants to be a data loss prevention provider (DLP) – including us. Seventy-three percent of companies with DLP report that employees complain of lost productivity and collaboration. Eighty-one percent of security decision makers are frustrated with these issues: they feel they need a better way to protect sensitive data without slowing down innovation (Source: Forrester 2019). The brutal truth is no one likes DLP. Our customers that have it don’t like it. The customers that think they need it look for excuses not to buy it.  

“ Seventy-three percent of companies with DLP report that employees complain of lost productivity and collaboration. ”

Progressive organizations thrive on collaboration. We are in the midst of a massive culture change that centers on employees’ ability to share ideas, move faster and transform the customer experience both internally and externally.   

That’s where our approach to protecting data was born. It’s an approach that focuses on enabling security teams and their internal customers to move faster, collaborate with one another and be more productive. We called it next-gen DLP because it’s time for change. It’s time for a new approach that works for the collaboration era.

Code42 Next-Gen Data Loss Protection

Code42 at Jamf Nation User Conference: Data Loss Protection for Macs

The Code42 team is gearing up for the annual user conference for one of our favorite hometown partners: the Jamf Nation User Conference, Nov. 12 – 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, literally right up the road from our offices. Code42 has been a proud sponsor for JNUC since 2012 and we love rubbing elbows and throwing back a few with our friends in the Apple community. Billed as the world’s largest rally of Apple IT administrators, JNUC is always a great place for us to educate users about the reality of data loss and showcase the tool that truly works to protect data from insider threat: Code42® Next-Gen Data Loss Protection.

“ …69% of organizations say they experienced an insider threat breach while they had a prevention solution in place. ”

Traditional data loss prevention (DLP) claims it can prevent data loss and theft from employees. It relies on arcane policies, rules and user blocking that stifle collaboration and productivity. According to our recently released Data Exposure Report, 69% of organizations say they experienced an insider threat breach while they had a prevention solution in place. No wonder 78% of information security leaders—including those with traditional DLP solutions—believe prevention strategies and tools aren’t enough to stop insider threat. 

“ The right tool provides these insights in real time, so organizations can respond to insider threat immediately, not months after an employee quits and takes data with them. ”

Fortunately, there’s a better way to protect data while also encouraging user collaboration and productivity: by detecting, investigating and responding to suspicious file activity that could indicate an insider is taking data. The right tool provides these insights in real time, so organizations can respond to insider threat immediately, not months after an employee quits and takes data with them. And a comprehensive solution allows Apple IT administrators to visualize their data loss risks with one pane across endpoints, cloud and email.

At JNUC, we’re looking forward to sharing how our next-gen data loss protection solution—which is built for Mac and has complete feature parity in Windows—can do all this and more. Check out customer stories from companies that have successfully used next-gen data loss protection to safeguard their data from insider threat. At JNUC, come check us out at:

  • Nov. 12: 
    – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at booth 5
  • Nov. 13:
    – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at booth 5
    – 11:15 a.m. in the Nicollet Grand Ballroom for the breakout session, “How to Keep Data Safe: Data Loss Protection and macOS Catalina.
    – 5–8 p.m. for “Off the Clock with Code42” at one of our favorite local spots, Butcher and the Boar. You can register here.
  • Nov. 14: 
    – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at booth 5

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Code42 blog header

Hey Microsoft Ignite, Code42 is Here Talking Insider Threat

Team Code42 is excited to be at the Orange County Convention Center for the Microsoft Ignite conference this week. We have a ton going on and are ready to talk to security and IT teams about one of the biggest insider threats to their data – employees who quit. Swing by to see us at booth #1141 and find out how we can show you exactly what IP your employees are stashing in their pockets, personal email and cloud. Hint: they probably took the data long before you knew they were leaving.

All week, we will be ready to give demos and previews of our Code42(R) Next-Gen Data Loss Protection solution, which makes it quicker and easier to detect, investigate and respond to insider threats. Visit with Team Code42:

  • Nov. 4: 12:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Monday:

Rob Juncker, SVP, Speaks in Theater C at 2:15 p.m
Employees are Taking Data when They Quit
Sixty percent of departing employees admit to taking data – company trade secrets, customer lists and source code – when they leave their job. Want to know the truth? The other 40% probably are lying and also have taken data. At a time when the data economy is flourishing and your competitive edge hinges on keeping your most innovative ideas under lock and key, we have to find better ways to protect valuable IP and trade secrets when employees and contractors quit and head off to their next gig. That’s why Rob Juncker, our SVP of product, research, operations and development, is leading off the show with a presentation about insider threat called, “Employees are Taking Data when They Quit.” Head over to Theater C on the expo show floor at 2:15 p.m. ET on Monday to catch his talk.

Tuesday and Wednesday:

Code42 Customer MACOM in Booth #1141
Don’t take our word for it. Hear from one of our power users, MACOM’s David Chiang, about how he uses the Code42 solution to hang onto MACOM’s most valuable files. Be sure to spend some time talking to David in Code42 booth #1141 about how he tackles the challenge of data loss from departing employees and protects MACOM’s highly proprietary semiconductor designs and CAD drawings. He’ll be in the booth Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Other Activities in Code42 Booth #1141

Monday: Demos and Drinks, 4-7:30 p.m.
End your day with a product demo and glass of McSwagger’s Own Ale from local brewery Crooked Can Brewing Company.

Tuesday: Demos and Donuts, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Grab mini donuts made fresh in our booth while taking in a solution demo.

Wednesday: Midweek Energy Boost, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Need some more wings mid-week? We’re doing a Red Bull giveaway and solution demos.

Thursday: Thank You, Safe Travels Cookies, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Before you finish at Ignite, swing in for a solution demo and fresh-made cookies.

Code42 security industry awards

Gosh, Well, What Can We Say Except “Thank You?”

Wherever their sensitive data and IP lives or moves, whether on endpoints, Google Drive or portable hard drives, companies trust us to protect their ideas and most valuable data, and we take that trust seriously. Ensuring their success is our number one mission at Code42.

That’s why it is especially gratifying when we are recognized among the industry’s most innovative and progressive companies for finding new ways to help our customers’ speed their detection and response to insider threats and other data loss and exfiltration events. We are thrilled to announce that in the first half of 2019 our Code42®Next-Gen Data Loss Protection solution has earned a number of industry honors:

  • Cybersecurity Insiders named Code42 a Gold Winner for Data Leakage Protection and a Silver Winner for Best Cybersecurity Company in the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. These awards are produced in partnership with more than 400,000 cybersecurity professionals on LinkedIn to make award selections. 
  • Code42 was twice named a winner in the Cyber Defense Magazine 2019 InfoSec Awards in the categories of Next-Gen Data Loss Prevention and Next-Gen Insider Threat Detection. The Code42 Next-Gen DLP was selected by a panel of security professionals for the honor, which seeks to recognize industry innovators and those poised to become the next generation of industry leaders. 
  • Code42 Next-Gen DLP won the Bronze Stevie® Award in the Endpoint Security Management Solution category as part of the 17thAnnual American Business Awards®. More than 200 professionals worldwide participate in judging the Stevie® Awards. 

While we’re proud to make a difference in the businesses of our customers, we also take pride in making Code42 a great place to work for employees. 

  • For the fifth time, Code42 was named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, our local Minneapolis newspaper. As a Top Workplace, Code42 joins the ranks of the most progressive companies in Minnesota, based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.

It’s the dedication and hard work of our employees that enable us to continue to fulfill our customer-first mission. With that said, we want to extend a special thanks to our employees and customers whose passion for what they do has driven us for the last 18 years to become an industry leader in data security.

The Best of Evolution19 - Code42 Blog

The Best of Evolution19 (Video)

Wow! What a great time we had at Evolution19 in Denver, April 30 to May 2. The event was jam packed with educational sessions, many opportunities to network and meet other customers, hear about product roadmap and what to expect from Code42 in the coming year. Evolution19 attendees heard about this year’s focus on actionable data insights, including new dashboards and alerting, which are coming soon. In addition, customers can expect new data security applications developed on top of the platform to support insider threat workflows, such as departing employees, workforce reductions and more. Be sure to stay up-to-date on product news by joining the Code42 customer community and registering for our quarterly product webinars.

Watch Evolution19 highlights.

And now, the Evolution19 Top 5:

5. Seattle Police Department Detective Ian Polhemus and Police Dog Bear: Okay, a dog as a keynote? Yes. We heard Ian talk about security and how Bear locates items you can’t easily see. This visibility message hit home for attendees as they thought about how effectively and quickly they can investigate and remediate data following a breach.  If your organization is still challenged to understand the forensics of a breach or attack and recover your data, just think of Code42 as your own personal Bear.

Code42 Evolution19 Keynote

4. Upgrades: Upgrading to a Code42 cloud solution is so easy that one of your peers moved to the cloud while onsite at Evolution19! As you embark on your own digital transformation, an upgrade gives you access to our best security and risk management tools.

It was exciting to see IT teams working hand-in-hand with their partners in Security to develop data protection strategies that really serve their businesses–we had some big teams attend Evolution19 together this year, and they were able to make some key  decisions on site.

3. Education and Training: Knowledge is power and you knocked it out of the park at Evolution19! A total of 35 people successfully became certified Code42 Administrators. We offered two certification classes and certified almost 50 admins and help desk staff. More than 90 customers took part in seven educational workshops that were hosted during the event. Five people also took our new Security Specialist exam that was offered as part of the Code42 Next-Gen DLP workshop.

Code42 Evolution19 Training

2. The Evolutionaries: We love to honor attendees for demonstrating their strength in security and creating a better workplace for the businesses they serve. This year, there were 30 finalists for the Evolutionaries and 10 winners. Watching the winners dance up onto the stage was a true highlight of this year’s Evolutionaries security industry awards.

Code42 Evolution19 Evolutionaries Awards

1. Networking: We heard all over the conference that the best times were when people had time to connect and learn from other Code42 customers. Whether it was dancing at Lucky Strike, earning cash through questions in sessions, meeting others or petting puppies from the Denver Animal Shelter, this group took advantage of this unique chance to network; it was very fun to watch.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Evolution19 attendees had to say:

“Evolution19 has delivered on its promise. From panel sessions, workshops, product training and certification courses, Code42 has once again shown its commitment to its customers.”

Zerin Dube, Code42 customer and HFF Engineering Director

I debated going this year (since I just attended in 2018). So glad I went! Tons of new, valuable information; I reconnected with peers and colleagues; and saw the best doggone keynote speaker ever!”

David Paul, Code42 customer

“Finishing up an awesome few days here in Denver for Evolution19. Thank you to the Code42 team for putting on such a great event. Lots of fun, learning and connecting. Congrats to MACOMs own David Chiang on his Evangelist award! #thankyou #denver #code42 #macomlife”

Lauren Walsh, Code42 customer


Code42 Bring Your Coder to Work Day 2019

Code42 Builds Security Workforces From the Ground Up While Connecting With Our Community

An ongoing conversation within security and technology, is how to create more diversity in the workplace. To do so, it’s imperative to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to all kids at a young age and spark an interest in a future career in the field. At Code42, we’ve been working to help change that narrative through a variety of in-house initiatives and outreach activities. We’ve worked with the Girl Scouts on coding and cyber badges, sponsored numerous women in tech events, including Minnesota Women in Tech and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, and this summer we’ll be hosting a week-long App Camp For Girls and gender non-conforming kids.

“ Kids gain a better understanding of the role technology plays in their day-to-day lives, and how they all can help shape present and future technologies. ”

But one of the perennial favorites for both the kids and grownups at Code42 is our annual Bring Your Coder to Work Day, the Code42 version of Bring Your Child To Work Day. Turns out this annual event is also one of the best opportunities for outreach in helping shape future generations of kids interested in STEM careers.

This year, on April 25, approximately 200 future coders from ages 0-18 years descended on the Code42 headquarters in downtown Minneapolis to participate in a day of learning led by current Code42 employees, also  known as Guardians. The event, now in its fifth year, is a fun way for kids to learn and get excited about careers in technology.

Starting out young, our littlest guardians (0-5 years) gain familiarity with coding basics by playing Robot Turtles board games while experiencing the unique office environment of mom’s or dad’s tech company (Juice in the fridge! Cereal bar! Bean bag chairs!).  

From there the kids progress with their knowledge by age group and take part in a variety of coding activities, including:

  • Dash the Robot & Scratch: teaching young kids about the basics of algorithms and writing instructions for computers – which is then brought to life by completing various challenges with Dash the Robot.
  • Joke Machine: Kids learned the basics of HTML and CSS to create their own website with their best jokes. (i.e. Q: What does a baby computer call its father? A: Data)
  • Arduino: Kids learned the basics of C programming, circuitry and problem-solving with Arduino kits.
  • Picade: This session focused on how to assemble a hand-built arcade gaming system using a Raspberry Pi.
  • Capture the Flag (CTF): And new this year, the oldest kids took part in a specially designed CTF exercise with our Security Team. Kids learned about ethical hacking and how to solve problems without having a clear roadmap from which to work.

The day provided STEM and cybersecurity learning opportunities in a fun environment for kids of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to adding mom/dad cred, kids gain a better understanding of the role technology plays in their day-to-day lives, and how they all can help shape present and future technologies.

I’ve witnessed firsthand the value of this day. My daughter took part in her third Coder Day this year – a day she looks forward to and talks about throughout the year. She loved getting to make her robot “dance” and left the office asking if she could get her own robot so she could continue to practice coding.

This day has imparted a sense of confidence and empowerment in her. I’ve overheard her in conversations with both grown-ups and kids, when someone brings up a problem they are having, she jumps in with, “My mom can fix that, she’s a coder! And someday I’m going to be a coder, too.”  Of course, that sort of response makes me feel like a bit of a superhero, but moreover, it encourages me that the lessons she learns from Coder Day are foundational building blocks that demonstrate to her the power to solve problems lies with her, not someone else.

I look forward to seeing this generation of diverse coders continue to grow and re-shape the world of security and technology that we know today. Beyond that, Coder Day is simply SO rewarding and tons of fun!

Code42 Coder Day 19