Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | Solving the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage | With Caroline Wong of Cobalt

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By Selena Templeton, host of DiverseIT

It has become an ITSPmagazine tradition to start our RSA Conference coverage with what we call Chats On The Road To RSA Conference. We connect with conference speakers, presenters, panelists and organizers to start the conversation way before anyone else does.

During these conversations, we get a sneak peek into what they are planning to share at the conference as well as a glimpse into their backgrounds and some additional insight on the topics they will discuss.


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Kicking off conference week is “Solving Our Cybersecurity Talent Shortage,” an inaugural seminar from creators Karen Worstell, CEO of W Risk Group and founder of MOJO Maker for Women in Tech, and Elaine Marino, CEO of Equili and founder of LadyCoders. It’s at:

Moscone Center on Monday, March 4, from 8am to 12 noon.

This is a 4-hour seminar that’s divided into 4 different panels with an incredible line-up of panelists from major companies who will share their success stories around diversity and the cybersecurity talent shortage.

On today’s podcast, our guest is Caroline Wong, Chief Security Strategist of Cobalt, and she’ll be on the first panel of the day, called “The Why: The DEI Dividend” (DEI as in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). Caroline joins me and my co-host Sean Martin to give us a sneak peek into what she’ll be bringing to the table in this discussion, how Cobalt has successfully implemented diversity in the workplace, and who should attend this panel.

In this conversation we touch on:

  • The disadvantage of surrounding ourselves with people who are just like us and think very similarly to the way that we do…and how moving from San Francisco to Portland has given Caroline a new perspective (“It’s not all $20-an-hour parking and avocado toast!”)

  • Is there a tendency to not embrace diversity because of the multitude of options that might get presented and perhaps the disagreements that might come from different viewpoints?

  • Two reasons that Caroline has observed for why the diversity problem isn’t getting fixed.

  • The difficulties for hiring managers to broaden their strategy and hire outside the box – and what the most successful recruiters and hiring managers do to tackle this issue.

Be sure to register for this half-day seminar early, as it is going to fill up fast, and make sure you stay for the whole event as you will have the opportunity to speak to the panelists between sessions for networking/information exchange!

Register here for: Solving Our Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

More info about the seminar:

Join us to listen to our chat with Caroline and remember: We’re better together.


About Caroline Wong

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Caroline Wong is the Chief Security Strategist at Cobalt. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga.

Caroline was featured as an Influencer in the 2017 Women in IT Security issue of SC Magazine and has been named one of the Top Women in Cloud by CloudNOW. She received a 2010 Women of Influence Award in the One to Watch category and authored the popular textbook Security Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide, published by McGraw-Hill in 2011.

Caroline graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in EECS and holds a certificate in Finance and Accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Find Caroline on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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