Black Hat Career Track

August 3 | 10:15 – 17:10 | Reef C


The Black Hat Career Track is designed to help individuals identify options and make informed decisions about their careers in the rapidly-growing field of information security. This program will examine different facets of the industry - including career lifecycles, security specialties, sectors and verticals, and how you can channel your skills to establish or enhance your career.

It will uncover present challenges and offer tips and resources to help you advance your professional development; learn how your strengths and interests can guide you toward new, emerging opportunities. Join us for this comprehensive program to hear from experts who have navigated the security career path and discover how current and future trends in the space have the potential to influence your career.


10:15 – 11:10 Opening Remarks + How Security Professionals Are Approaching Current Challenges

by Tim Wilson & Ashish Larivee

Today’s IT security professional faces more challenges – and more pressures – than ever before. How are these professionals holding up? What keeps them awake at night? In this session, the editors of Dark Reading will join with other industry experts to provide insight on the state of security departments across the globe. This session will include a first look at the newly-published 2016 Black Hat Attendee Survey as well as early results from the Dark Reading/InformationWeek Strategic Security Survey. These surveys discuss the top challenges faced by the enterprise security department, its buying and budgeting plans, and enterprise experiences in handling breaches and incident response.

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11:10 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:20 Building Diverse World-Class Teams

by Joyce Brocaglia, Terry Morreale, & Aaron Vimont

Creativity and innovation, two fundamental building blocks of success, are heightened by diverse teams. But building diverse cybersecurity teams in a market where demand is outstripping supply is increasingly challenging. Terry Morreale and Aaron Vimont of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Joyce Brocaglia, CEO of Alta Associates and founder of the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy, will present labor statistics and new staffing strategies in addition to research-based practices and approaches to recognize and address unconscious biases to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture.

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12:20 – 12:50 Lunch Break
12:50 – 13:40 Advancing Your Career As A Security Pro

by Drew Fearson & Dawn-Marie Hutchinson

As a security professional, you’ve chosen one of the fastest-growing – and potentially lucrative – careers in any industry today. You’re living in a negative-unemployment market where many organizations may be competing for your services. How can you take advantage of those opportunities? In this session, top experts will discuss ways to advance your career: how to build your resume, how to approach training and certification, and how/when to look for a new position. You’ll get insight on how companies hire security professionals, how to approach job opportunities and interviews, and how to increase your salary in the future.

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13:40 – 13:50 Break
13:50 – 14:40 The Struggle is Real: Building a Career in Security

by Mike Murray

Security is an industry with a huge number of training venues, conferences and certifications that should lead to qualified people, yet we hear constantly about a skills gap. In this talk, Mike Murray will examine the forces, trends and hidden factors that shape careers in the information security industry, and draw on his two decades of helping and managing information security professionals through their careers to provide a way forward that allows you to build a sustainable, successful career in one of the hardest industries to succeed in.

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14:40 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:50 How to Get the Skills You Need Throughout Your Career

by Candy Alexander

It is fact that there is a lack of skilled resources to fill the demand of open jobs. Mainstream approaches focus on attracting new talent, however there is no concerted effort on how we keep people in the profession. This session will discuss how using ISSA’s Cyber Security Career Lifecycle can be used to get you what you need, when you need it and become successful throughout your career.

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15:50 – 16:20 Break
16:20 – 17:10 Hiring and Managing a Top-Flight Security Staff

by Adam Ely, Chris Eng, Richard Rushing, & Tim Wilson

With so many tasks and threats in front of them – and so few skilled staff available – today’s CISOs and security administrators are constantly struggling to make the best possible use out of the people they have. In this panel discussion, CISOs from top companies will offer their insights on how to find and hire skilled security pros, how to train them, how to pay/incent them, and how to deploy them for maximum effectiveness. The panelists will also offer advice on how to do more security tasks with fewer people, and how to quickly train entry-level staffers to handle more complex and critical tasks.

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17:10 – 19:00 Business Hall Reception