Shon Harris was the founder and CEO of Logical Security, an information security consultant, a former engineer in the Air Force’s Information Warfare unit, an instructor and an author. Shon tragically passed away in October of 2014, leaving a void in the lives of her friends, family and the information security community. In 2015 Human Element was formed by Steve Bennett, a friend and business associate of Shon’s. Steve acquired the rights to Shon’s work with the intent of continuing Shon’s vision of helping people and organizations defend their critical assets against cyber threats.
Shon Harris authored three best-selling CISSP books and was a contributing author to Hacker's Challenge, Gray Hat Hacking, and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Implementation. Shon developed printed and digital products that are published by McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Shon also consulted for several Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., including American Express, Warner Brothers, Bridgestone\Firestone, CitiBank, CitiFinancial, AOL, Cisco and many more. Her competencies ranged from setting up risk management programs and developing enterprise network security architectures to constructing enterprise-wide security programs that connect computer security and business needs in a synergistic manner.
Shon had extensive knowledge and practical experience pertaining to legal and regulatory compliance. She worked with the largest corporations within the U.S. to become compliant with OCC, SOX, GLBA, HIPAA, PCI and SAS70. Shon specialized in risk management, governance and the development of and implementation of security metrics. Shon taught information security to a wide range of clients, some of which included Microsoft, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Security Agency, Bank of America, Defense Information Systems Agency, RSA, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and many financial institutions.
Although Shon didn't like to talk about her accolades, she was recognized as one of the top 25 women in the Information Security field by Information Security Magazine. She was also the recipient of the Information Systems Security Educator's Association (FISSEA) Educator of the Year Award, the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu Influential Woman of the Year Award, and the Information Systems Security Association International (ISSA) Hall of Fame Award.
Shon's philosophy and approach is what makes her training products so great. Shon felt the information security training experience should be like people sitting around a table discussing their security challenges "over pizza and a hamburger" as she put it. She wanted her training to be conversational, in plain language, and deeply informative. Shon felt strongly that her training should not be purely aimed at passing a certification exam, rather it should be geared towards providing the student with the knowledge and background required to truly understand how to achieve their information security goals.
We at Human Element understand it is a great challenge and responsibility to continue what Shon Harris started. To do this we have to care as deeply about what we are doing as Shon did. Shon's success was due to her innovation, brilliance, and tireless work ethic. It's quite a standard to live up to but we are up to the challenge. We employ many of Shon's former colleagues and we believe in what we are doing. Our passion is continuing Shon's tradition of providing people with the tools and knowledge to defend their critical information assets. Learn more about the Shon Harris Security Training offered by Human Element.
The Shon Harris Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science
An education endowment has been established through the University of Texas Computer Science Department with an emphasis in Cyber Security in Shon’s name: “The Shon Harris Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science”. Each year a donation will be made to students in need who are studying cybersecurity. If you would like to make a donation, visit www.giving.utexas.edu/Harris and thank you for helping keep Shon’s name alive. Your tax-deductible donation will continue what Shon loved most of all…..helping others learn.