In this episode, Roshanda King joins Shawna & Christophe in discussing how organizations (and the people within them) can work to proactively increase diversity and inclusion. As she is part of a Diversity & Inclusion Program at her current organization, you will get direct insights into what has worked for them, all the way from onboarding new hires, to best practices for existing employees and managers. This was such an uplifting episode, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it!
In this episode, our guests Bobbie Stempfley, Tom Patterson, and Eric Lankford explain and share what the National Cyber Moonshot initiative is, and the six strategic pillars for a safe and secure internet to bring economic growth, national security, enhanced privacy, technology advances, and global leadership benefits. Specifically, this episode focuses on the Cyber Education workshop, which is convening with leading experts and practitioners to look at breakthrough concepts and realities in use across the nation and around the world. The goal of the Education Pillar is to dramatically increase the availability, quality, and diversity of cybersecurity talent in the United States for Cybersecurity Moonshot Initiative strategic focus areas, while also educating all citizens of their shared responsibilities in creating a safe and secure internet environment. Bobbie has served at both DHS and CERT and now works for Dell’s office of the CISO. Tom is the Chief Trust Officer of Unisys, and Eric is the founding partner of K12 SIX.
In this 2nd episode (series of 3), we welcome back Kevin Christ to pick up where we left off with the 1st episode: answering the question of “what can I do in my early career to set myself up for the CIO position?” If you have aspirations to become a CIO/CTO/etc... then definitely check out this episode because it will be full of actionable tips you can implement now.
In this episode, we explain what it means to be a CIO/CTO and we answer the question of “who makes it to that level, and how?” We explain the roles and responsibilities that CIOs face, how those are constantly evolving every few years, and how CIOs must re-invent themselves over time. We then talk about the typical paths to becoming a CIO, as well as tips & tricks that our guest has collected throughout his career. Our guest, Kevin Christ, is an IT consulting leader, CIO coach, and transformational interim CIO with many years of experience at both large and boutique consulting firms. He was named a top 25 consultant by consulting magazine for excellence in technology. In short, this is right up his alley! This is definitely an episode full of actionable career advice that you won’t want to miss.
Bob Salmans, a repeat guest, has led a Security Operations Center (SOC) team with various roles and responsibilities including: threat hunting, pen testing, incident response, security risks assessments, compliance, and training. In this episode, he shares what a day in the life of a SOC team looks like, as well as tips, skills, and knowledge to focus on for an entry-level position in a SOC. We also discuss potential career paths once you’ve been in a SOC team, and more.
Bob Salmans has over 25 years of IT experience in various roles, including serving as the Security Team Lead for the AME Group which is an IT Services company, where he leads a team that provides managed security services to their clients. In this episode, we talk about top skills to build if you’re a beginner in cybersec looking for entry-level jobs, and we talk about the top technologies that are most critical to learn for aspiring cybersec job candidates. We also talk about overcoming that dreaded “lack of experience” response when applying for jobs, and more!
One of the questions we get all of the time is “what are the steps I need to take in order to learn [insert cybersec topic here]” In this episode, Mike details step-by-step how individuals and organizations should get started with securing their applications and getting started in AppSec. Everything from skills to develop and helpful resources, all the way to convincing leadership of its importance and the first steps to take as an organization.
Tom Sweet is a VP of IT Solutions at GM Financial, where he has successfully implemented and led training and upskilling programs. In this episode, he shares tips on how to overcome a lack of experience when applying for IT or cybersec jobs, and what skills/technologies to focus on learning. He also shares advice on how to make your resume, experience, and online presence stand out from the crowd, and more. Tons of actionable advice in this episode!