, –pm EST with Leah McLean, Head of Cybersecurity Programs
Cybersecurity talent shortage is a fallacy. Talented individuals are struggling to get their foot in the door in a cyber career. Hiring managers need to find talent in new areas; HR needs more education. Community Colleges and some Universities are moving at record speed to create cybersecurity curriculum and hands-on training programs aligned with the workforce. We need to break this barrier and solve the problems – this discussion will engage cybersecurity leaders, hiring managers, HR, recruiting, and career seekers to have a candid conversation about the realities, better understand each other, and review a model that can have significant impact on growing the cybersecurity workforce. Hire right; reduce attacks; improve security posture; train for career pathways.
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Leah will kick off the event for the first 30 minutes then attendees will break into smaller networking rooms for the remaining 30 minutes. The event is meant to be an interactive space for attendees to have the opportunity to break into smaller networking groups to meet and greet fellow attendees, share their own stories and develop ideas about advancing the cybersecurity workforce.
Leah McLean is a cybersecurity leader and industry influencer. She actively contributes to the community helping people break into cybersecurity careers and working with employers to rethink their workforce and hiring strategies. Leah volunteers for two non-profit organizations: Cyber Future Foundation and Whole Cyber Human Initiative. She is focused on developing strategy and programs to drive partnerships in new growth areas, including cyber warfare and workforce development and talent. As an advocate for bringing leaders and career seekers in cyber together, she co-hosts The CISO Diaries podcast.
Previously Leah led strategic alliance partnerships at Armor, a cloud security company protecting data for SMB and mid-market customers, where she was focused on cybersecurity awareness and training, and advancing technology solutions to serve CIOs and CISOs business needs.
Prior to Armor she served in senior management roles at Apstra, A10 Networks and Cisco Systems as a cloud security practitioner.
Leah is also a Founder of Multi-Cloud Leadership Alliance, a change agent focused on driving a better cloud service provider experience for the ecosystem. Leah currently is on the Board of Advisors for Cloud Defense, Inc., a breach visibility security startup and is on the board for the Cloud Security Alliance North Texas Chapter. She also serves on the resume review board for non-profit, Minorities in Cybersecurity. She is currently pursuing her Security+ and CISM certifications.
Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an active outdoor junkie always chasing adventure.