Shon Harris

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Shon Harris
Born(1968-03-27)March 27, 1968
DiedOctober 8, 2014(2014-10-08) (aged 46)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg American
EmployerLogical Security
Known forComputer Security and Information Security

Shon Harris (March 27, 1968 – October 8, 2014) was a prolific author of books and articles on topics related to information security, including study guides for CISSP security certification examination.[1] At the time of her death, over 1,000,000 copies of her books had been sold.[2]

Harris also served as an engineer in the United States Air Force Information Warfare Unit,[3] was an information-security consultant, and founder of information-security training company, Logical Security.[4]

In 2015 Logical Security was acquired by former associates of Harris, and rebranded as Human Element.[5] The company continues to offer Shon Harris Training for CISSP using the same information security consultants who had previously worked with Shon, based on the training curriculum and approach originally designed by her.[6]

Harris was recognized as one of the top 25 women in the information-security field by Information Security magazine.[7][8]

Harris posthumously won the FISSEA 2014 Educator of the Year Award and the Information Systems Security Association's Hall of Fame award in 2015.[9] Her friend, colleague, and coauthor Michael Lester accepted the award on behalf of her family.

Updated editions of her CISSP books were published posthumously by McGraw-Hill in 2015 and 2016.


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