EvolveSec Online | May 2021 | Shelley Leeman

The Cybersecurity Talent Gap: An EvolveSec Series

There is a talent gap within the cybersecurity industry, and we want to help fill it. To do so, we are bringing the expertise of Chief Information Security Officers to you. In our newest EvolveSec series, we will host discussions between CISOs and InfoSec experts to learn the truth behind what’s really going on to cause this talent gap.

What you will get out of these Meetups:

1. Advice from CISOs on how to get into the cybersecurity field
2. Perspective on why there is a talent gap in the cybersecurity industry
3. A chance to ask questions to prominent members of the cyber community

About our panelists for part one of this three-part series:

Jesse Miller is the CISO at Stratosphere Networks. He has been with the company for over 10 years, for a total of over 20 years in the IT services industry. In his career, he has pursued and flourished in multiple domains, including risk/compliance, IT infrastructure, VoIP telephony, service delivery, product management/development, and, of course, information security. This provides a unique advantage in his current duties, because the depth and breadth of knowledge he holds for so many different systems and disciplines serves to give him a holistic view of the security risks each system or business process poses, in addition to how it relates to the overall security posture of an organization.

Matt Whisman is the Head of Security Engineering and Identity Management at Jack Henry & Associates. With a diverse enterprise technology background, Matt specializes in crafting innovative security solutions that reduce security friction while enabling positive business outcomes. Matt has been with Jack Henry for 15 years.

Naomi Buckwalter, CISSP CISM is the Director of Information Security & IT at Beam Technologies. She has over 20 years' experience in IT and Security and has held roles in Software Engineering, Security Architecture, Security Engineering, and Security Leadership. As a cybersecurity career adviser and mentor for people around the world, her passion is helping people, particularly women, get into cybersecurity. Naomi volunteers with Philly Tech Sistas, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit helping women of color prepare for a career in IT and tech. Naomi has two Masters degrees from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Dave Brown is the Global Chief Information Security Officer at Clarabridge, a Reston Virginia-based software company, with the responsibility of managing the company’s overall global security, privacy, data protection, and governance, risk, and compliance program. Before joining Clarabridge, he served as the Deputy Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). Dave also consulted for leading Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T Wireless, and MGM Mirage. He is a Harvard Kenny School of Government Senior Executive Fellows program graduate, he holds a master’s degree in management concentrating in information systems security with four graduate-level certificates, as well as two professional certifications (CISM and CISSP).

About our host:

Shelley Leeman is the Director of Talent Solutions at Evolve Security where she helps companies improve their cybersecurity posture through staffing. She spent 8+ years in the cybersecurity recruitment space in both New York City and Chicago. When she isn’t placing cybersecurity professionals, she loves walking her dog Winnie and escaping to the beach whenever possible!