By David Trout

The White Hat organization was established in 2004 in the United Kingdom to protect vulnerable children through charitable means. In 2012, Paul Innella, CEO of TDI, and I founded White Hat USA, following this model, with the goal of raising money to help children at risk while providing networking opportunities for members of the cybersecurity community. The organization hosts the annual White Hat Gala event to raise funds which go directly to providing the vital support Children’s National Health System needs to give the best treatment possible to its patients.

Paul and I have participated in the event every year, and continue to serve as co-chairs, responsible for building out the committee and fundraising. SecureIT is a proud sponsor every year.

2017 White Hat Gala

Approximately 300 cybersecurity experts, business leaders, and philanthropists gather for this inspirational evening of networking, dinner, and casino-themed entertainment to benefit Children’s National Health System. This year’s Gala takes place Thursday, October 26. By sponsoring the Gala, organizations contribute the necessary funds to help Children’s National provide every child the care they need – regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Children’s National Health System

Children’s National was recently named #1 for newborn intensive care in the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals survey and ranked among the Top 10 children’s hospitals overall. It is also a leading research and patient care facility.

Sponsoring the White Hat Gala

We have a wonderful group of sponsors from the cybersecurity community that are making a difference for our children in our region and around the world and more are always welcome. Sponsoring the White Hat Gala is an excellent opportunity for organizations to support one of the leading children’s hospitals in the nation.


Since 2001, SecureIT has helped commercial and government entities keep their data safe by providing the full spectrum of cybersecurity, risk, and audit services. We’re proud of the work we do, and proud that we can give back to our community through philanthropic work. I look forward to a beneficial and enjoyable evening with our industry colleagues in just a couple weeks.