Embracing Innovation and Diversity in Cybersecurity


The research is clear: Diverse teams are not only more creative and profitable, but they are also more innovative. Despite that, the cybersecurity community is still working to transition towards a more inclusive workforce. So where should candidates that don’t fit the standard profile start to find a career in cybersecurity? For cybersecurity professionals who have “made it” in the field, how can you mentor and prepare the next generation of cyber talent? 

Drawing from the experience of a panel of experts in the field, this event will explore how diversity in thought perspective, background, and professional experience is instrumental to solving today’s cybersecurity challenges. The conversation will examine how each speaker found their career, what advice they would give to others following in their footsteps and recommendations on how to increase diversity in the cyber workforce through mentoring and education initiatives. 

Join us after the panel session to network and connect with other cybersecurity professionals, and meet others who are looking to break into the field. 

Follow the conversation online by using #SecuringDiversity and following @NewAmCyber

Breakfast will be served.


Randi Kieffer 
Vice President of Cybersecurity Audit, Capital One and former Deputy Director of the National Cybersecurity Communications & Integration Center

Mihoko Matsubara, @M_Miho_Jpn
Chief Security Officer for Japan, Palo Alto Networks

Samara Moore 
Director of Cyber Strategy and Engagement, Exelon Corporation and former Director for Cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure, White House National Security Staff

Debora Plunkett
Principal, Plunkett Associates and former Director of Information Assurance, National Security Agency 


Ian Wallace, @pianwallace
Co-Director, New America's Cybersecurity Initiative