Gatekeeping in Cybersecurity, Part 1 – Naomi Buckwalter – SCW #83

The “cybersecurity skills gap” is a myth. There is no skills gap. There are tens of thousands of amazing, highly intelligent, passionate people around the world looking to break into cybersecurity, but they never get the chance. Hiring managers and gatekeepers are simply unwilling to train and mentor the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and this hurts our profession immensely. We’re fighting an asymmetric war, in which one bad actor can attack multiple companies and industries. We simply don’t have enough defenders and good guys in the trenches, and we need more fighters. The more fighters we have, the better chance we have at winning.

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Gatekeeping in Cybersecurity, Part 1


Naomi Buckwalter

Naomi Buckwalter - Founder & Executive Director at Cybersecurity Gatebreakers Foundation


Naomi Buckwalter, CISSP CISM is the Director of Information Security & IT at Beam Technologies. She has over 20 years' experience in IT and Security and has held roles in Software Engineering, Security Architecture, Security Engineering, and Security Leadership. As a cybersecurity career adviser and mentor for people around the world, her passion is helping people, particularly women, get into cybersecurity. Naomi is the founder and Executive Director of Cybersecurity Gatekeepers Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to closing the demand gap in cybersecurity hiring. Naomi has two Masters degrees from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. In her spare time, Naomi plays volleyball and stays active as the mother of two boys.



Fredrick "Flee" Lee - CSO at Gusto


Fredrick "Flee" Lee is the Chief Security Officer at Gusto, where he leads information and physical security strategies including consumer protection, compliance, governance and risk. Before Gusto, Lee spent more than 15 years leading global information security and privacy efforts at large financial services companies and technology startups, most recently as Square's Head of Information Security. He previously held senior security and privacy roles at Bank of America, NetSuite and Twilio. Lee was born and raised in Mississippi and holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Jeff Man

Jeff Man - #HackingisNotaCrime Advocate, Sr. InfoSec Consultant at Online Business Systems


Cryptanalyst, infosec analyst, pioneering ex-NSA pen tester, PCI specialist and certified security curmudgeon. Currently a Sr. InfoSec Consultant for Online Business Systems.

Josh Marpet

Josh Marpet - Executive Director at RM-ISAO


Executive Director, RM-ISAO Co-founder, MJM Growth IANS Faculty Blockchain Patent Holder MISTI Instructor Entrepreneurship Curmudgeon Board Member BSidesDE Board Member BSidesDC Ex-cop and Fireman


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