Solving Our Cybersecurity Talent Shortage Seminar

RSA Conference 2019 | San Francisco, USA

Monday, Mar 04 | 08:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Room: Moscone South 301


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About the Event

Cybersecurity is facing talent shortages at a time when problem-solving, innovation and productivity are critical. The talent pipeline seems to be improving, but valuable professionals are opting out of the profession in mid-career. In this seminar, you will hear from leaders driving innovation with culture, inclusion, equity and diversity, and from change agents on how you can make shift happen.


Jim Gordon
GM of Security Ecosystem Strategy & Development | Intel

Emily Heath
VP & CISO | United Airlines

Alicia Jessip
Founder | Denver Women in Tech, TEKSystems

Jason Lee
VP Security Operations | Salesforce

Elaine Marino
Founder and CEO | Equili

Carmen Marsh
CEO | Inteligenca

Vanessa Pegueros
Vice President and CISO | DocuSign

Claudia Schabel
President | Schabel Solutions

Caroline Wong
Chief Security Strategist |

Selena Templeton
Executive Editor | ITSPmagazine

Karen Worstell
CEO | W Risk Group LLC

Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | Solving the Cybersecurity talent shortage seminar

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Three “Be This” Rules to Intel’s DEI Success

The Three “Be This” Rules to Intel’s Giant Inclusion Success (Be All-in, Be Your Customer, Be an Ally)

Wednesday, 09 January 2019, at 10:00 AM

Mountain Time (US and Canada), GMT -7

An inclusive workplace is the future of tech. If you don’t reflect your customer in your workplace, you can’t understand your customer. Tech industry giant Intel took “doing the right thing” and made it a business imperative to show how impactful true inclusion can be. Come learn the three keys to success from Intel’s Jim Gordon on how the firm’s “all-in” approach gave impressive results and some surprise benefits.

Talks and Sessions at RSA Conference 2018

The Why: The DEI Dividend

Many companies are improving their productivity, innovation and creativity by focusing on an inclusive culture. We’ll hear about the benefits they reap and the steps they are taking to ensure success.

The Who: Is This Responsibility Yours, Mine, or Ours?

This panel will get real with what it takes to make a company culture better in order to reap the dividends of innovation and creativity. (Hint: It is not “someone else’s job”).  

The How: Retain and Recruit A Diverse Talent Pool

Filling the pipeline is not enough. You must also retain that talent. Walk away with three actionable tasks for HOW to hire underrepresented talent and three for HOW to keep them.

Cybersecurity’s Dirty Little Secret and Talent Grenade: Burnout

Burnout can reach crisis proportions in high-adversity, hyper-vigilant professions like cybersecurity. Learn the strategies for identifying, preventing, and recovering from professional burnout.

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Looking for diverse cybersecurity talent?
These visionary companies and initiatives grow their own.

by Karen Worstell | February 12, 2019

Over this past series of articles, we’ve been exploring the current and growing talent deficit in the cybersecurity space as more and more companies compete for the best and brightest. 

At the same time, we’ve looked at the unique challenges the industry has faced to become more diverse and inclusive. This second challenge has up until recently exacerbated the first..but our view is that it can, and does, go a long way toward eliminating it, for companies that make a sincere and “all-in” commitment to their own diversity.

Many tech companies are getting the message that a diverse workforce makes good business sense. Some even embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as simply the right thing to do.  But even those companies and “allies” who are making diverse hiring a goal, often bemoan the difficulty in finding qualified women and people from other underrepresented groups for them to recruit.

Read the full article on Karen’s website

Managing for Inclusion across the Talent Lifecycle:
The Key to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity

by Karen Worstell  | January 21, 2019

It’s one thing to say we want diversity in the cybersecurity space, and even to take steps to achieve it, but intellectually at least, companies know that to win the talent war in this ever-more-competitive market for tech expertise, they need to look for new faces in new places. They may even agree with the view that more diversity contributes to more creativity and innovation. 

But, even with the best of intentions, making true diversity and inclusion a reality is rife with challenges and pitfalls. We know this by the results: despite the many efforts to hire and retain diverse talent, so many still fall through the cracks and leave early, or are missed entirely in the hiring process.

Read the full article on Karen’s website

Intel’s “Three Ways of Being” That Led To Inclusion Success, Part 2 of 2

by Karen Worstell | December 27, 2018

To view Part 1 of this series, click here: Barbara Whye, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and VP HR for Intel. says that tech companies who are behind in implementing their diversity and inclusion statistics may be unwilling to discuss that situation publicly and that they shouldn’t feel that way.

Read the full article on the RSA Blog

Intel’s “Three Ways of Being” That Led To Inclusion Success, Part 1 of 2

by Karen Worstell on December 21, 2018

An inclusive workplace is the future of tech. “If you don’t reflect your customer in your workplace in terms of demographics, you can’t understand your customer, says Jim Gordon, Intel’s GM of Platform Security Division. Tech industry giant Intel took “doing the right thing” and made it a business imperative to show how impactful true inclusion can be. Their results were impressive and…

Read the full article on the RSA Blog

Cybersecurity Burnout: What It Is, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It 

by Karen Worstell on November 20, 2018

Burnout is a critical issue for company productivity, innovation, and talent retention. This month is devoted to burnout: causes, identification, prevention, and what to do if you are already there. I recently gave a keynote address about the problem of burnout in the cybersecurity space. What astonished me was what happened after. Audience members approached me, many with tears in their eyes, to…

Read the full article on the RSA Blog

Cybersecurity Talent: Will Your Company Ride the Wave, or Drown in the Tsunami? 

by Karen Worstell on November 1, 2018

The state of cybersecurity worldwide is in grave peril. We are facing a massive deficit of talent, and it’s about to get much worse. An estimated 3.5 million jobs won’t have a qualified person to fill them by 2020. It goes without saying that a cyber talent gap translates to an ever-growing security gap between the rapid pace of technology change and security innovation. Without premium security…

Read the full article on the RSA Blog