ACSC Cyberstories

  • ACSC Cyberstories

    Unlocking the Human Potential of Cybersecurity

    The ACSC, in collaboration with director-in-residence Kasha Gauthier, was thrilled to launch “CyberStories: Unlocking the Human Potential of Cybersecurity" at Infosecurity North America 2017.

  • Too often in the Information Security industry, technology and tools are sought as a panacea and human aspects are treated as an afterthought. We believe a more secure digital world is primarily dependent upon the people of the information security community. As security threats proliferate in size, complexity and impact, now is the time for us find new ways to work better together.

    This series shares personal experiences and on-the-ground solutions for the most important issues facing our industry. From every corner of cybersecurity, our contributors are sharing their stories because they believe we are stronger when we connect with one another in an authentic way. In fact, we believe this project will create one of the largest archives of personal stories in InfoSec.

    We hope that by telling our stories we will go beyond the headlines and abstract data to build the deeper understanding and collaboration necessary to make real and lasting progress. Join us on our journey!

    The first CyberStories issue we explored is Women in Infosec. Women graduate with computer science degrees today at a lower percentage than in the 1980’s, and the rate of women in Infosec is stagnant at ~11%, one of the lowest of any STEM field. Rates of representation by women of color or at the executive levels are even lower and by some estimates are an abysmal 1-2%. Behind these statistics is a reality that cybersecurity is missing out on a huge pool of talent at a time when the skills shortage is at an all-time high. Understanding the human dynamics behind those statistics can unlock a tremendous opportunity for our industry to grow and thrive.

    About the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC)

    The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) is a non-profit ISAO based in Bedford, MA that focuses on cross-sector collaboration between industry, government and education in Massachusetts and the Northeast region. The membership spans organizations from State Street to Facebook to MIT.

    Kasha began working with the ACSC in May 2017, and brings her experience, including eight years in Information security and over a decade in audit and risk management, to this project. She’s held various strategic and operational roles across RSA Security, and most recently served as the CFO/COO of Pwnie Express, an information security startup.

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    Highlights from 2017

    See what else was on at Infosecurity North America 2017.

    Conference Program 2017

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