Michaela Barnett

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Michaela Barnett
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BornSeptember 1995
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • John Handley High School
  • Delaware State University
  • Cybersecurity enthusiast
  • Advocate
  • Activist
  • Founder of Blacks In Cybersecurity

Michaela Barnett (born September 1995) is an award winning Computer security enthusiast, advocate, activist and the founder of Blacks In Cybersecurity (BIC).

Education and Career

Barnett is a graduate of John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia.[1]

Barnett is a graduate of Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware and currently pursues knowledge and certifications within the field of Offensive Security (Computer security). Barnett began her career as an Analyst.[2][3]

Barnett began coordinating the formation of Blacks In Cybersecurity (BIC) in 2018 and finalized the organization in 2019[4], establishing the first organization to support the development of African Americans, students and enthusiasts in Cybersecurity exclusively.[5][6]


In 2017, she received the Delaware State University Computer and Information Sciences Department Outstanding Student Leadership Award. In 2020, she received an 2020 Black Engineer of The Year Award (BEYA) Outstanding Achievement Award (Science Spectrum Trailblazer).[7][8]

In 2020, she received recognition as a 2020 Cybersecurity Impact Awards Honoree[9] by Cyber Tacos[10].


  1. "African American Golfer's Digest".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaela-barnett-a4103285/
  3. Shabria, Davis (April 3, 2017). "Tech is 'forever evolving': Why DSU's Michaela Barnett is studying STEM". technical.ly/delaware.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Diversity in security: How 3 organizations are making a difference—one relationship at a time".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Cyberscape Africa Magazine".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Blacks In Cybersecurity Mission and Vision".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "US Black Engineer & IT Volume 44 Issue 1". issuu. December 9, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. BEYA 2020 Technology Recognition Luncheon, retrieved 2021-03-18
  9. "Second Annual Cybersecurity Impact Awards Announces Honorees". Digital Journal. June 25, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "2020 CYBERSECURITY IMPACT AWARDS". Cyber Tacos. October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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