Selena Templeton chats with Tracy Maleeff, cyber analyst in a SOC at GSK, about the importance of diversity in cybersecurity — not the typical diversity bullet points that people always talk about (gender and race), but rather, a diversity of backgrounds. Tracy started her career as a librarian before realizing that her “natural paranoia and distrust of things was a career path,” which led her to InfoSec.
Having entered the cybersecurity space just three years ago, no one was more surprised than Selena Templeton to find herself speaking at RSA Conference 2019. In this recap, she shares her experience joining with Karen Worstell, W Risk Group founder, to talk about “Cybersecurity’s Dirty Little Secret and Talent Grenade: Burnout,” other sessions on mental health in cybersecurity, and the overall feeling of camaraderie, openness, healthiness, and mutual support at the conference.
In today’s chat, Sean and Selena connect with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, to give us a sneak peek into her RSA Conference talk, called (Girl) Scouting for Talent: The Solution in the Next Generation. A former Girl Scout herself, Sylvia shares how her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory started with the Girl Scouts. We also chat about some of the Girl Scouts’ latest initiatives, like their STEM pledge to add 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025, diversity and inclusion, and the technology talent pipeline.
In today’s chat, Sean and Selena connect with Kyla Guru, 16-year-old founder and CEO of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and equipping citizens — young and old — with the cybersecurity skills needed to help prevent future cyber-attacks. Get ready to be inspired by Kyla and follow her lead to take action, beginning with the future generation of InfoSec professionals!
By Sean Martin
Mental health is a topic we care deeply about at ITSPmagazine and we were thrilled to have the chance to connect with Ryan Louie, a board-certified Psychiatrist focusing on the psychiatry of entrepreneurship and the mental health impact of cybersecurity, to get a sneak peek into his interactive session on this very topic during RSA Conference 2019.
As part of ITSPmagazine’s “Share Your Own Story” initiative, Avishag Daniely, Director of Product Management at Guardicore, shares her story about the intersection of diversity, technology, life, and the challenges and inspirations she encountered along her journey into cybersecurity.
By Mandy L.
As a survivor of multiple strokes and traumatic brain injuries — effectively paralyzed for years, learning disabled, and on the Autism Spectrum — Mandy shares the experience of attending CES 2019 from a “newly abled” point of view. Despite maneuvering around challenges that most of us don’t think twice about, her interest in cybersecurity and penetration testing pushed her to attend this conference — and offer several suggestions to make events like these more disabled-friendly.
Selena Templeton and co-host Marco Ciappelli chat with Whitney Merrill, a privacy and data attorney who also founded the crypto village at DEFCON, about cyberbullying, anonymity and privacy rights. In this inspiring story, Whitney recounts how being cyberbullied in high school, and the frustration of being told by teachers and police that they couldn’t trace the user, led directly to her career in information security, privacy and the law
Selena Templeton and co-host Marco CIappelli chat with Ariel Herbert-Voss, a Ph.D. student at Harvard University with a focus on adversarial machine learning, about artificial intelligence, machine learning and unconscious bias. It’s no secret that algorithms are, or can be, inherently biased but the issue is not technology – the issue is about human nature. And we can only build something that is fair if we are.
ITSPmagazine’s Sean Martin and Selena Templeton chat with Elizabeth Lopez, a graduate of NPower’s Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program and a Security Operations Associate at KPMG, about her story that starts with a knack for computers and a job at the local library — which led her to NPower, a nonprofit that trains military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.
Welcome to the first episode of ITSPmagazine’s 2019 “Chats on the Road to RSA Conference,” a series of podcasts leading up to the annual conference in San Francisco in which we connect with conference organizers, speakers, presenters and panelists. Today’s guest is Karen Worstell, CEO of W Risk Group, to chat about her new “Solving Our Cybersecurity Talent Shortage” seminar at RSA Conference 2019.
Selena Templeton chats with Audrey Taylor, Founder & CEO of netlogx, a company that is comprised of 50% female employees – most of whom are in leadership roles – about how they were so easily able to achieve what the rest of the industry is still struggling with. Hint: found a company that is Diverse by Design.
Selena Templeton chats Jason Tan, co-founder and CEO of Sift Science, a machine learning fraud and abuse prevention company. The conversation spans the topic of machine learning: how it differs from artificial intelligence, the limitations of ML, how online fraud prevention has been improved upon with ML, unconscious bias, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) and the consequences of exclusively AI-written content.
Selena Templeton chats with Rania Anderson, founder of The Way WoMen Work, an organization that is dedicated to equipping male business leaders with the skills they need to intentionally advance women, who provides examples and responses that men can say or do in specific situations to be allies to the women they work with — which benefits women, men and the business’ bottom line.
ITSPmagazine’s Sean Martin and Selena Templeton chat with Alex Martinez, a graduate of NPower’s advanced Symantec Cyber Career Connection program and a Triage Analyst at Bloomberg, about his story that starts with a passion for computers at a young age and a thirst for learning — which led him to NPower, a nonprofit that trains military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.
Kathie Miley, COO of Cybrary, a free online cybersecurity training site, and Gabrielle Hempel, a Cybrary user and now a Security Analyst at Accenture, chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton about getting more diverse talent in cybersecurity via inclusive job descriptions, a broader recruitment pipeline, and a better hiring process.
As part of ITSPmagazine’s “Share Your Own Story” initiative, Melissa Wooten, Director of Security Services at RiskSense, Inc., shares her story about the intersection of diversity, technology, life, and the challenges and obstacles she had to overcome along her journey into cybersecurity.
Theresa Abbamondi, Director of Product Management for Arbor Cloud and Services, chats with ITSPmagazine's Selena Templeton about how having a diverse background — in this case, liberal arts — has helped her tremendously at Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT.
Give our dedicated focus on covering stories sitting at the intersection of IT security and society, it should come as no surprise that, at ITSPmagazine, we believe wholeheartedly in cybersecurity awareness. Therefore, as you might imagine, appreciate the awareness and education surrounding the month of October in what is called National Cyber Security Awareness Month, or NCSAM.
Kevin Gosschalk, co-founder and CEO of FunCaptcha, chats with ITSPmagazine's Selena Templeton and Sean Martin about leveraging gamification techniques for CAPTCHAs that are secure, can't be penetrated by bots, give the user best experience possible – and that people with accessibility requirements can still get through.