Cybersecurity Council of Arizona

Code of Conduct

Our Community

Be welcoming. be kind. look out for each other.

The leadership of Cybersecurity Council of Arizona (CCofAZ) seeks to create a space for curiosity and open dialogue where disparate ideas can be shared and evaluated, and where inclusivity encourages the advancement of all participants. CCofAZ activities are intended for professional collaboration, development, and networking.  CCofAZ was created to encourage the advancement of a diverse workforce, enhanced by the open exchange of ideas and expression. This requires an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group.


  • Diversity and inclusion make for strong communities.  We encourage participation from the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible.

  • Our goal is to maintain a safe, helpful and friendly community for everyone, regardless of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or any other defining characteristic.

  • This code and related procedures apply to unacceptable behavior occurring in all community venues, including behavior outside the scope of community activities — online and in-person— as well as in all one-on-one communications, and anywhere such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

Expected Behavior

All participants are expected to behave in accordance with professional standards aligned with this Code of Conduct as well as their respective employer’s policies governing appropriate workplace behavior and applicable laws.  Additionally, we ask participants to:

  • Be welcoming.

  • Be kind.

  • Look out for each other.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Conduct or speech which might be considered sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory or offensive in nature. Do not use unwelcomed nicknames, jokes, or innuendos.

  • Intimidation or harassment (online or in-person).  Please read the Citizen Code of Conduct for how we interpret harassment.

  • Disrespect towards differences of opinion.

  • Inappropriate attention or contact.  Be aware of how your actions affect others.  If it makes someone uncomfortable, stop.

  • Not understanding the differences between constructive criticism and disparagement.

  • Sustained disruptions.

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language.


  • Understand that speech and actions have consequences, and unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated.

  • If you are the subject of, or witness to any violations of this Code of Conduct, please email contact[AT] or report directly to a board member present at the event.

  • If violations occur, organizers will take any action they deem appropriate for the infraction, up to and including expulsion.

Portions derived from the DEF CON Code of Conduct, Slack Code of Conduct, Geek Feminism Wiki, and The Ada Initiative and harnessed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. CCofAZ is not responsible for the safety of individual participants and shares this draft Code of Conduct while reserving the right to revise at any time.


Ultimately it’s not what you look like or where you come from.

It is about your passion and the way you treat others.