Security Maturity: From Hostage Negotiator to Business Leader – Sandy Dunn – BSW #244
Throughout her career, Sandy Dunn has continued to mature and refine her skills. In the early days, she describes her job as a "hostage negotiator", constantly negotiating between the business teams and the security team. But as you mature, so does your approach to security. Now, Sandy talks about simplifying "knowledge management" to make it easy to understand security and becoming a "business listener" to make the right decisions.
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Sandy Dunn, CISO Blue Cross of Idaho has 20 years in Cybersecurity. Initially starting out in software and hardware sales she worked with NASA, JPL, Secret Service, IRS, and other Federal Agencies. Her roles in Cybersecurity have included Competitive Intelligence, Security Engineer, Information Security Officer, Senior Security Strategist, and IT Security Architect. She prioritizes a risk based, business focused, cyber security strategic approach through process, standards, and threat intelligence. She has a Masters from SANS in Information Security Management. And her certifications include a CISSP, SANS GSEC, GWAPT, GCPM, GCCC, GCIH, GLEG, GSNA, GSLC, GCPM, Security +, ISTQB, and FAIR. She is an Adjunct Professor at BSU in their Cybersecurity program, a frequent speaker on cyber security and helped organize the first BSidesBoise events in Boise, Idaho. She has two children, a wonderful husband, too many horses and lives outside of Boise Idaho.