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Part 06

CXO Talk: It’s also a mindset gap

A roundtable conversation on the cultural and educational shifts needed to fuel the cybersecurity industry.

We invited five cybersecurity leaders to sit down for a talk.

We wanted to hear directly from the people on the front lines of hiring and educating cybersecurity professionals. How are they working to increase the flow of talent, and what are the skills they think are needed the most.

It was a discussion that ranged from changing the culture to retain talent to the value of recruiting liberal arts majors. And the diversity of their experience extends across the cybersecurity spectrum, with views from Deidre Diamond, CEO of Cyber Security Network; Carla Brodley, dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University; Mike Ridge, embedded systems security architect and group leader for Systems Engineering, Security, and Assured Systems at Draper; Caleb Barlow, vice president at IBM Security; and Paul Martini, CEO of iboss.

Here’s what they had to say.

Roundtable

What are executives, educators, and experts doing to fuel the talent pipeline? Find out from the people on the frontlines of cybersecurity skills development.

Deidre Diamond

Deidre Diamond is the founder and CEO of the national cybersecurity staffing company Cyber Security Network (CyberSN) and founder of the not-for-profit thought leadership platform #brainbabe (brainbabe.org) Prior to founding CyberSN and #brainbabe, Diamond was the VP of sales for the national technical staffing company Motion Recruitment, the first VP of sales at Rapid7 and the CEO of Percussion Software.

Caleb Barlow

Caleb Barlow is an accomplished security professional and vice president at IBM Security, where he leads IBM’s Threat Intelligence and Incident Response Teams globally. He was the visionary behind X-Force Command, the world’s most sophisticated watch floor and cyber range. Barlow has a broad background having led technical teams in product development, product management, strategy, marketing, and cloud service delivery.

Carla Brodley

Carla E. Brodley is the dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern, she was a professor of the Department of Computer Science and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Tufts University.  Before joining Tufts she was on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University.

Roundtable attendees

Left to right: Deidre Diamond, Caleb Barlow, Carla Brodley, Mike Ridge, Paul Martini

Mike Ridge

Mike Ridge is an embedded systems security architect and group leader for Systems Engineering, Security, and Assured Systems at Draper. In this role, Ridge is a technical leader for secure communications projects on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense. With extensive experience in the application of cryptographic processes into protocols and systems in support of securing national security systems, Ridge has led numerous network security teams and the development and implementation of security standards.

 

Paul Martini

Paul Martini is the CEO, cofounder, and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard.

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