A new generation of young professionals are joining the industry who may not have considered security as a career path previously thanks to others that have paved the way through their dedication and successes.
Security is one of the fastest-growing professional careers worldwide. Career prospects range from entry-level security officer and administrative positions to system integration specialists and private investigators to directors of security at corporations and organizations around the world. While security is not traditionally a sector that most women considered to build their careers, the landscape has shifted dramatically.
In this year’s Security Leadership: 2021 Women in Security report, we take you through the professional journeys of 13 enterprise security leaders that have risen the ranks during their careers with their skills, forward-thinking mindsets, and a passion for the job they do.
To start off Security's Women in Security month, we have a very special podcast! C.C. Meadows, Law Enforcement Director at the Fort Worth Independent School District talks with Editor Maggie Shein about her journey in security, along with the importance of training both security and non-security staff for emergency response.
The International Security Foundation (ISF) announced that Secretary Madeleine Albright is the ISF 10th Anniversary Speaker for the ISF Virtual Reception on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5 PM EDT. The global virtual event, hosted by the ISF during OSAC’s virtual Annual Briefing week, celebrates OSAC’s private-public partnership with the OSAC Awards and celebrates the ISF’s 10th anniversary.
Throughout the pandemic, the payments threat landscape was largely influenced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cybercriminals continued to employ tried and true methods, such as phishing, payment account enumeration, eCommerce skimming, ransomware, among others to exploit many vulnerabilities during the pandemic, says Natalie Kelly, Visa’s SVP, Global Head of Payment Ecosystem Risk. Here, we talk to Kelly about the payments fraud ecosystem, her role at Visa, ensuring business continuity through the evolution of the payments threat landscape and more.
A new study by (ISC)², conducted in 2020, revealed that the cybersecurity profession experienced substantial growth in its global ranks, increasing to 3.5 million individuals currently working in the field, an addition of 700,000 professionals or 25% more than last year’s workforce estimate. The research also indicates a corresponding decrease in the global workforce shortage, now down to 3.12 million from the 4.07 million shortage reported last year. Data suggests that employment in the field now needs to grow by approximately 41% in the U.S. and 89% worldwide in order to fill the talent gap, which remains a top concern of professionals. Security experts, like Sarah Tatsis, VP of Advanced Technology Development Labs at BlackBerry, believe women can help solve the cybersecurity workforce shortage. Here, we speak to Tatsis about why women are needed and valued in the ongoing fight against cybercriminals.
The twentieth century saw huge progress in gender equality as increasing numbers of women embarked upon professional career paths. Certainly, in some sectors such as education, medicine and law, women are increasingly prominent in the general workforce and leadership roles, but other industries appear to be a long way off from achieving full equity. Unfortunately, cybersecurity is one such industry with much progress to be made in terms of diversity and gender parity. While cybersecurity is one of the most fast-paced, rapidly evolving modern industries, this evolution does not appear to apply to the number of women involved in the field.
Meet Stephanie Benoit-Kurtz, lead of cybersecurity faculty at the University of Phoenix – Las Vegas. She is also director of cybersecurity for Station Casinos in Las Vegas. She has spent three decades in the IT industry, working for a variety of large and small organizations and as a consultant. In the early days of her career, despite being part of the team responsible for implementing decisions at the IT company where she was employed, she “was routinely left out of the decision-making process. Here, we talk to Benoit-Kurtz about how the cybersecurity space has changed over time, and how the industry can embrace more individuals to meet demand and close the cybersecurity gap.