Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | Solving the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage | With Vanessa Pegueros of DocuSign

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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 Vanessa Pegueros, VP and CISO of DocuSign, and she’ll be on the first panel of the day, called “The Why: The DEI Dividend” (DEI as in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). Vanessa 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 DocuSign has successfully implemented diversity in the workplace, and who should attend this panel.

In this conversation we touch on:

  • The value of embracing ideas and viewpoints outside the ‘norm’

  • There is an abundance (not scarcity) of talent out there – we just have to remove our self-imposed blinders and filters

  • Why don’t cyber criminals have a talent shortage?!

  • And the whole aspect of diversity as a competitive advantage in the end, from a business standpoint.

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 Vanessa and remember: We’re better together.


About Vanessa Pegueros

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Vanessa Pegueros is currently VP and CISO for DocuSign helping to lead the company in providing an industry leading security program to its customers. Vanessa formally worked with US Bank as the Senior VP responsible for Enterprise Information Security and a team of over 120 people.

She also was the CISO at Expedia and has held senior level security roles with Washington Mutual, Cingular and AT&T Wireless. She has held numerous other roles specifically within the wireless arena including Network Planning, Architecture & Engineering, Technical Sales, and Product Development.

She has an MBA from Stanford University, a MS in Telecommunication from the University of Colorado, and a BS in Engineering from UC Berkeley. She holds GSEC, CRISC, CISM and CISSP security certifications. Additionally, she holds the CIPP/E Privacy certification.

Find Vanessa on LinkedIn.