Ep. 45: How To Attract More Women Into Cyber Security

August 20, 2018
Hosted by George Rettas

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Episode Description

Shelley Westman, a Principal and Partner with Ernst and Young's Cyber Security Practice, appears on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio to address the issue of attracting and retaining women in the Cyber Security industry. Westman describes her journey to becoming one of the most widely recognized Cyber Security professionals in the industry and a role model for other women looking to climb the ranks to executive positions in technology fields. Westman reviews some statistical data regarding gender diversity in the field, why efforts to attract more women into the space have not produced the desired results executives are looking for, why more women are not choosing careers in technology related fields, and how we need to think differently about this problem as we go forward. In the third segment Westman wraps up by giving her advice on what role companies, universities, organizations, males in the industry, and even parents play in helping to solve this talent crisis.

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George Rettas

George Rettas

George Rettas is one of the most well-known cyber security professionals in the world with extensive experience practicing cyber security in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Rettas is a serial entrepreneur, serving as the CEO and President of Task Force 7 Radio, LLC, and Task Force 7 Technologies, Inc. a company focusing on building the world’s first and only Professional Cyber Security Social Network. Mr. Rettas is also the President and CEO of Code X Entertainment, LLC, a company focused on producing television, movies, literary, digital, and merchandising products.

Mr. Rettas has worked for 12 years as a Managing Director and Partner in some of the world’s largest financial institutions holding executive management positions in cyber security operations, administration, and program management functions. He created the first Cyber Security Intelligence function in the financial services sector and detected some of the most prolific breaches in recent history, including Target breach and the JPMorgan Chase breach.

Mr. Rettas also served as a former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, where he was the co-founder of the Newark Field Office Electronic Crimes Task Force. He is the author of the first Title III Wire Tap on an internet-facing computer network in United States history and he worked what is considered the most prolific criminal investigation in the history of the Secret Service in “Operation Firewall."

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